The key to the perfect backyard party is the right furniture, according to an expert

A patio with two chairs and an ottoman with juice on it. An arrow points to the ottoman.
You need to buy patio furniture with entertaining in mind. KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Getty Images
  • Summer is a great time to throw parties, particularly in backyards.
  • But most backyards aren’t set up with events in mind.
  • Investing in furniture that helps you entertain can transform your space.
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Summer is a popular season for home entertaining, but many people don’t have backyards that are set up for gatherings.

However, investing in the right patio furniture can help you pivot the feel of your backyard, as one interior design expert told Insider.

Breegan Jane, the host of “The House My Wedding Bought” on Discovery+, told Insider that although people usually know they need patio furniture, they don’t often arrange their backyards with entertaining in mind.

People sit at a table in a backyard while someone grills next to them.
Coolers and ice buckets are crucial for outdoor entertaining. Maskot/Getty Images

Jane recommends people first ensure they have ample patio furniture when planning a backyard event, starting with places for people to sit.

“Adding furniture that helps you host is going to be first and foremost,” Jane told Insider.

But it’s important not to just focus on pieces like chairs and couches when you set up your backyard area. Specifically, pieces that will help you cool and serve food are key when preparing for a party.

“I think that one of the things people forget is to invest in a good ice chest or serving areas,” Jane said. “People think about the seating or the layout, but they forget that if you’re going to entertain, you probably want an occasional table to put appetizers out on or a main station or bar-esque countertop.”

Jane recommends having a waterproof bucket permanently sitting near your patio furniture. “You can just fill it with ice and serve whatever you want,” she said, giving you a more visually appealing alternative to a cooler.

“I think our furniture has the ability to help create the environment and how people are going to interact with it,” she went on to say.

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‘The House My Wedding Bought’ is available for streaming on . Discovery+

And if you already have patio furniture, you don’t have to feel like you need to invest in completely new items to make your backyard party-ready.

For example, Jane told Insider you can always update patio furniture you already own using paint.

You can also buy new cushions for couches or chairs to create a completely new look.

On “The House My Wedding Bought,” Jane helps couples find ways to afford their ideal weddings and dream homes at the same time.

“I hope it’s an empowering show for couples where they really can see from somebody else’s example how you can start your new life in both of these super big moments, but continue to be surrounded in love and happiness and not just stress,” Jane said of the series, which was released on Discovery+ on Wednesday.

You can learn more about “The House My Wedding Bought” here.