Outdoor entertainment: Backyard party ideas for less

by Jan Kennemer 10/30/2022

When it comes to outdoor entertainment, backyard design can make all the difference. Whether you have a tiny or sprawling backyard, there are many clever ways to set up your outdoor space for year-round fun.

Here are some quick tips for making a great backyard entertainment space at home:

Create space for yard games

Take the prep work out of backyard games by dedicating a specific part of your space to playing them. This will also give you somewhere for children and pets to play where they won’t interrupt quieter seating areas or outdoor kitchens.

Install a fire pit with Adirondack chairs

What better way to enjoy your backyard space than around a cozy fire? You can DIY a custom fire pit out of stone, bricks or other materials for perfect ambiance and campfire fun. Surround the fire pit with stylish and comfortable Adirondack chairs to encourage guests to stay awhile. 

Create a cozy outdoor movie theater

Skip the crowds and price tags of a public movie theater and create a personal viewing area in your own backyard. Using a folding screen, white sheet or a blank wall, you can project your favorite movies for you and your guests to enjoy. Make sure to include plenty of throw blankets and outdoor cushions in your movie seating area. 

Hang string lights for extra ambiance

Twinkling lights are essential to every outdoor oasis, and are available in various styles, lengths and price points. If you don’t have anywhere to hang them, you can create twinkling lanterns with glass jars.

Build a budget-friendly outdoor kitchen

You don’t need to spend a fortune to have a great place to cook a meal outdoors. Even if your patio is too small for a full outdoor kitchen, you can enjoy a nice outdoor meal with creativity. 

Start with the best outdoor grill (ideally equipped with side burners) and find a table or cart for extra prep space. Save space and money by repurposing outdoor furniture like an unused potting bench for a chic buffet setup instantly.

Section your yard into multiple zones

The key to making the best use of an enormous backyard is to create sections. For example, there may be areas where you can grill, enjoy active play, or simply sit in the shade. Create a spot for quiet conversation or solo contemplation slightly removed from the larger, entertainment-focused areas.

These are just a few backyard entertainment ideas you can try year-round. No matter the size or shape of your backyard, the right planning and setup will ensure a memorable outdoor party.

About the Author

Jan Kennemer

Jan will show you how you can live close to Washington, DC – by public transit and/or highway – and still enjoy all the many amenities and friendliness of a quiet community. Jan is a life-long resident of Arlington, Va. So, she is very familiar with northern Virginia …Arlington, Falls Church, Alexandria and close-in Fairfax. She knows where to find those little out-of the-way places where you will still get excellent value and a home that meets your needs. As a Realtor® for over 20 years, Jan has developed a customized system for marketing and selling properties which includes the latest technologies combined with tried and true practices. She has received special training in working with first time buyers, repeat buyers and seniors. She is a certified VHDA trainer and is certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES©). Jan is also a certified e-Pro. She gets results you want – the best price in the shortest time. Jan is dedicated to helping clients satisfy their needs and wants while providing them with a strong investment for the future. She is readily available to provide explanations and information. She won’t push you into making an uncomfortable choice. Jan helps you to fully understand the transaction, so that you can always make an informed decision based on facts and figures.