21 Patios Ready to Party
Mix up some margaritas and break out the barbecue sauce. Outdoor party season is upon us, and these patios show how to do it right
Houzz Contributor. Hi There! I currently live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe as "collected." I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I've been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog.
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By now you should be getting ready for the official beginning of patio party time. Kicking off on Memorial Day, this time of year means gathering outside, grilling and frolicking for at least three months. Consider the different events that could drive the way you design, decorate and accessorize your patio.
Baby shower. A softly upholstered and inviting patio makes it easier to "ohh" and "ahh" over that umpteenth onesie the mother-to-be opens.
Chess club party. Cut loose after winning the championship by playing a match at oversize scale.
S'mores party. Keep the graham crackers, Hershey bars and marshmallows close to this patio.
Gallery party. The white walls and modern surroundings make this a great spot for showcasing a new artist.
Margaritas in Mexico party. This hacienda's courtyard is the perfect spot to enjoy local flavors.
Loungey martini party. A modern-day Rat Pack would love this comfortable and swanky patio.
Serious grilling party. The grill is in prime position on this patio, which is larger than many restaurant patios.
"Only people wearing architect glasses allowed" party. Restricted palette? Check. Grid? Check. BKF chairs? Check. Classic industrial stools? Check. Carefully framed views? You get the idea.
"An excuse to clip on your fascinator" party. This beautiful garden is the perfect setting for tea and headpieces.
Weary hikers' party. This get-away-from-it-all cabin has plenty of space for an outdoor soiree, no tie or jacket required.
Book group meeting. For the kind of book group where no one reads the book, and the meeting is just an excuse to get together and dish.
Yoga and meditation party. No garden is more peaceful than a Japanese garden.
Skinny-dipping party. You can warm up next to the fire afterward.
Texas barbecue party. There's plenty of room for a smoker and loads of friends on this series of patios.
Movie star party. The incredible views and setting give this landscape a swanky, exclusive vibe.
"Watching a lunar eclipse or meteor shower" party. There's a futuristic, otherworldly look to this patio.
Engagement party. The views are perfect for taking engagement announcement pictures.
Karaoke party. The upper terrace would make a great stage.
Indoor-outdoor party. This house was made for this kind of party, with seamless openings between the house and the patio.
"Ladies who enjoy lunch" party. Dappled shade and a relaxed atmosphere create the perfect setting for catching up with friends.
Ideabook published on May 17, 2012.
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