For many of us, warmer weather means outdoor barbecues, shrimp boils and oyster roasts at home. Entertaining friends and family members in your backyard or patio area can be one of the most memorable experiences you can have. In a previous post on outdoor entertaining, contributor Robin Gibson helped prepare you for the Summer season with a number of great tips. Here, we wanted to inspire our readers with a few ideas for updates on your deck or patio that help bring your outside living space into the 21st century.

Have A Seat

Providing your guests with comfortable, accessible outdoor seating is paramount to the success of any shindig you may be hosting. We love these sleek, modern options available at Backyard Retreats here in Charleston.

photo: backyardretreatssc.com

photo: backyardretreatssc.com

This sectional from the Woodward Metropolis Furniture Collection is aesthetically stunning with it aluminum frame and bold lines. This option can also be customized in more ways than we can count, so there’s no limit to what kinds of looks you can create.

Lay The Proper Foundation

If your wooden deck has seen better days or if the maintenance required to keep it looking great is beginning to wear you down, why not consider composite decking?

Photo: decks-docks.com

Photo: decks-docks.com

The great thing about composite decking is that it is durable, low maintenance, easy to clean and it is made of environmentally friendly materials. Not to mention, it comes in a million different finishes and designs! (Click here for more on composite decking)

Photo: trex.com

Photo: trex.com

Create A No Fly Zone

Douse the flames on those old citronella candles. We’ve got a safer, cleaner suggestion. Keep flying pests at bay with the Thermacell mosquito repellent torch and lantern. This outdoor all star not only repels mosquitoes and flies, it also provide ambient light for evening events, offers protection for a 15′ x 15′ area and is available in two varieties, depending on your personal needs.

Photo: Thermacell.com

Photo: Thermacell.com

Photo: Thermacell.com

Photo: Thermacell.com

The Discreet DJ

What’s a party without music? Connecting your smartphone or other devices to outdoor Bluetooth speakers is a great way to keep the party going and creates a fun atmosphere.  More traditional options like this wireless 6.5″ Bluetooth Patio Speaker (comes in pairs ) can be mounted on your home’s exterior, deck or pergola and out of your guests’ sight.

Photo: outdoorspeakerdepot.com

Photo: outdoorspeakerdepot.com

For those who prefer to have their music sources heard but not seen, this wireless 8″ Bluetooth Rock Speaker one way to go. Available in, at least, two colors, there should be an option that would blend in with your home’s color scheme.

Photo: outdoorspeakerdepot.com

Photo: outdoorspeakerdepot.com

These were just a few ideas we had for updating an outdoor living space. Perhaps you have more. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

(This post was not sponsored)

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