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.
"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.
"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.