Outdoor Patio Entertaining Essentials for Summer with a Tropical Vibe

Outdoor patio entertaining ideas for decorating in the summer.

Before we know it, balmy summer weather will be here. Just the thing for outdoor patio parties with a tropical vibe! We’re looking ahead to offer some fab summer entertaining ideas, so you can plan a truly amazing bash (or two!) out on your home patio. With photos from our own summer party set as inspiration, we suggest some must-have entertaining essentials you can use and re-use. Then, you’ll be all set for summer patio entertaining!

Plan an Inviting Table Setting Al Fresco Style

Outdoor Patio for Summer in Hues of Green, Blue, and Brown.

A patio dining set is an investment you won’t regret (see our suggested picks). It will serve you well for summer entertaining like this, and for al fresco dining with family and friends all year round. Dress it up with brightly colored table cloths (solid ones are most versatile), and centerpieces with flowers and foliage picked from your garden. The view of the garden greenery is all the backdrop you’ll need!

Play Up the Summer Vibe with Cooling Fans

Vintage fan for outdoor patio entertaining.

Keep guests cool and comfortable with an electric fan or two. If you have or can find a vintage piece, that will add a quaint “plantation” vibe to the scene. Set out a table of straw summer hats (see first photo) as a playful decor touch and for guests to take home as party favors!

Assemble a Mini Buffet Table for Snacks and Drinks

Drinks and snacks displayed on buffet table.

Set out a snack and drinks station (e.g., sangria) with light munchies, dips, fresh fruit slices, and ice cold juices and cocktails. Guests won’t be able to resist!

Serve Up in Vibrant Colors and Natural Textures

In keeping with the sunny setting, incorporate bright, cheerful colors in the table linens, runners and napkins. Think yellow, orange, aqua and fuchsia. Complement these with floral cuttings and greenery.

Terra cota plates

Then, bring in earthenware bowls and plates colorfully glazed and displayed on tiered racks. Pair these with place mats or chargers made from woven rattan or hyacinth reeds for an organic, tropical look.

Tropical blue table napkins and serving pieces on table.

Lounge Around in Your Favorite Outdoor Seat

Beige rattan sofa with shawl.

Keep comfy and relaxed with an outdoor wicker sofa complete with throw pillows and shawls! You may also want to include a side table stacked with your favorite summer books and magazines. After all, this is what a tropical-inspired summer should feel like.

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