Backyard Structures for Entertaining

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Pergola enhances this poolside space
Pergola enhances this poolside space (mybegin)

As warm weather approaches, we begin to move our entertaining outdoors.  You can enhance your outdoor space with backyard structures for entertaining, such as a pergola or gazebo.  These structures not only look great but they offer shelter from various outdoor elements, making entertaining outdoors that much more enjoyable.

A gazebo for entertaining
A gazebo for entertaining (backyardbuildings)
A pergola set for al fresco dining
A pergola set for al fresco dining (backyardandbeyond.net)
A patio pergola adds interest and shade
A patio pergola adds interest and shade (backyardamerica)

A pergola can offer partial shade and can be installed on the patio, deck or elsewhere in the yard.  Planting vines around the pergola can enhance its garden appeal and provide even deeper shade once the vines mature.  Blooming vines such as wisteria and clematis are especially nice structure accents.

A pergola off the patio
A pergola off the patio (landscapingnetwork)
Wisteria vine enhances this pergola
Wisteria vine enhances this pergola (pixgood)
A pergola adorned with clematis welcomes to the garden
A pergola adorned with clematis welcomes to the garden (danlve via Pinterest)
Stonework accents this pergola for an outdoor seating area
Stonework accents this pergola for an outdoor seating area (juxtapost)

Pergolas can be an accent structure for a walkway, surround a fence gate, or the base for a swing.  This is a wonderful way to add extra charm to a garden and offer guests a fresh entrance to the party.

A pergola gives structure for this swing
A pergola gives structure for this swing (pinterest)
A pergola adds structure to the backyard garden
A pergola adds structure to the backyard garden (mdandsonsllc)

A gazebo is a charming garden structure that can provide a great space for entertaining.  It can house a seating area or surround an outdoor kitchen.  The gazebo can be screened in for protection against insects during the summer.  Dining al fresco is a must with the addition of a gazebo.  You can hold an outdoor dinner party with peace of mind that guests are comfortable.

A traditional gazebo offers grace to the garden
A traditional gazebo offers grace to the garden (backyardandbeyond.net)
A screened in gazebo offers protection from insects
A screened in gazebo offers protection from insects (onhome.org)
Gazebo perfect for entertaining
Gazebo perfect for entertaining (onhome.org)

The great advantage of backyard structures for entertaining is that you can easily decorate them.  String lights, streamers and other party decorations can be hung from the pergola and gazebo to create a festive atmosphere.

Lights and hanging plants add ambiance to this pergola
Lights and hanging plants add ambiance to this pergola
(backyardandbeyond.net)
A great scene for outdoor entertaining
A great scene for outdoor entertaining (shedsbuilding)

You can enhance the everyday appearance of pergolas and gazebos by hanging sheer curtains.  You can tie them to the posts or let them blow in the breeze.  Spruce up the area with seasonal plantings and blooming bushes.  Create a room inside the structures for everyday enjoyment.

Sheers add softness to this outdoor structure
Sheers add softness to this outdoor structure (pergoladesign.org)
A gazebo accented with plants
A gazebo accented with plants (felmiatika)
A simple garden structure for everyday enjoyment
A simple garden structure for everyday enjoyment (gardenstructuresandmore)

Adding structures to your backyard can enhance entertaining, add visual interest and allow you and your guests to relax in comfort.  The pergola and gazebo bring extra panache to your backyard party and provide year-long everyday enjoyment.

 

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