As the weather warms up across the country, it’s time to start planning your next backyard party! While this process may have felt daunting in the past, the outdoor living experts at Outer are here to help you make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

From checking all the details off our pre-party checklist to choosing from one of our favorite backyard party themes, this guide has got you covered!

Backyard Party Checklist

Before we dive into our favorite backyard party ideas, take a look over our backyard pre-party checklist to ensure you’ve got everything ready to go before the big event.

Guestlist

It goes without saying that you’re going to need a guestlist for your get-together, but we’d still be remiss to skip over it in this backyard event guide. Your guests make the party, after all!

In the age of instant messaging and social media, you could easily switch out a formal invitation for a digital one.

Either way, be sure to give your guests plenty of notice ahead of time, particularly if you’re asking them to bring something to contribute, like a home-cooked dish.

Activities

It’s exciting to invite your friends and family over, but you’re going to want something for them to do while they’re enjoying your gorgeous backyard.

Consider whether there will be children at your party, as this will inform what kind of activities you’ll be planning. Include things like giant editions of classic games (think Jenga and Four in a Row), Cornhole, Ring Toss, and Capture the Flag.

backyard party with lightening and palm trees

Entertainment

Just like your activities, entertainment is a crucial part of planning a fun backyard party.

Whether it’s the carefully curated music selection you’ll be playing or the movie you’ll be watching, your guests are going to be looking for a little something to keep the mood alive.

Food And Drinks

Possibly the best part of any celebration — outdoor or indoor! — is the food and drinks.

As the host, you’ll want to make sure you’re catering to any dietary restrictions or requirements, so it’s best to gather this information ahead of time to avoid any mishaps on the day of the event.

Check out these recipes from the Outer Blog for ideas on what you can serve your guests.

backyard party with a buffet set up and outdoor seating

Seating

Have you ever been to a backyard party where there simply wasn’t enough comfortable seating for all the guests? It’s the worst!

Plan ahead to make sure you have more seating than you might need to avoid your guests uncomfortably shuffling from leg-to-leg all night or setting up camp on the grass because they can’t find a place to relax.

Outer’s modular furniture is the ideal solution for backyard parties of all types. Our Teak Outdoor L Sectional - 4 Seat sofa, for example, can be configured multiple ways to fit your space (as can all of our Sofas!).

Decor

From string lights to colorful table decorations, your party decor is where you get to let your creativity shine.

Try planning this out once you’ve decided on the who, what, and when of your party so you know exactly what you need to purchase, if anything. We recommend checking out party supply stores, thrift stores, and supermarkets.

Theme

And last but not least, your outdoor event needs a theme. From the classics to the timely trends, here are our favorite easy backyard party ideas!

8 Easy Backyard Party Ideas

backyard party with picnic style seating

Modern Picnic

This backyard party idea is easy to implement — you barely even need furniture! Use some recycled wooden crates as a table, and pair it with a comfortable rug for your guests to sit on.

Sticking with the recycled theme, our 1188 Eco-Friendly Rugs come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to suit your backyard picnic needs and are made from recycled plastic.

Not only are our rugs great for the planet, but they’re also incredibly easy to clean, making any post-picnic messes a breeze to wipe up.

DIY Drink Station

DIY cocktails? Yes, please! This backyard party idea can easily be paired with any of the others listed here, which is probably why we love it so much.

We recommend having a few different options for your guests when it comes to creating your own drink station.

From large serve-yourself pitchers of margaritas, sangria, or lemonade to cocktail shakers and bottles of bubbly, the possibilities are endless.

Be sure to have the necessary garnishes on hand to make your drink station extra special. Don’t skimp on the olives, limes, berries, or pickled onions!

S’Mores Campfire

Mom and daughter making s'mores in their backyard firpit

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — we love an outdoor fire pit! They’re so easy to use and come in handy for a variety of backyard party ideas, including a s’mores campfire.

This theme is perfect whether you have kids involved or not, and it couldn’t be easier to set up. Light up your fire pit (or create your own DIY fire — safely, of course!), grab your marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers, and you’re ready to go.

Worried about getting those sticky fingers on your outdoor furniture? Opt for stain-resistant outdoor seating, like our Teak Outdoor Sofa with Armless Chairs, so you can spend less time worrying about cleaning and more time enjoying your s’mores.

Pizza Party

You don’t need a fancy pizza oven to host the perfect backyard pizza party. Improvise with this theme by using your regular indoor oven, or get creative and make a pizza over an outdoor fire or fire pit.

Plan out your ingredient list in advance and be sure to have your guests bring along ingredients, too — the more the merrier!

Then load up your pizza base (homemade is best, plus it’s more fun) and start cooking. Creating a DIY topping station is a fun and easy way to make sure each guest makes their own favorite pizza.

Otherwise, you could always cook up several pizzas and share them around — whatever suits your group size.

Old-Fashioned Cookout

Food on a BBQ for a backyard party

When it comes to easy backyard party ideas, we can’t forget about a good, old-fashioned cookout.

Classic, low-cost, and a sure-fire crowd-pleaser, this theme lets your guests enjoy socializing over a juicy burger or delicious hotdog.

Once all your guests are full, it’s time to make your way over to your comfortable seating area to relax with some drinks (or maybe some extra dessert...we won’t judge).

Our Wicker Outdoor U Sectional makes the perfect addition to any backyard cookout.

The neutral tones go with everything, the cushions are made from the same material found in luxury mattresses (yes, really!), and our fabric is stain-resistant, so messy guests are no worries.

Outdoor Movie Night

Whether you’ve already got a TV hooked up in your patio area or you’re going old-school and hanging a sheet up in the backyard, you can’t go wrong with an outdoor movie night.

We don’t all have a movie projector lying around, so try renting or borrowing one to make this backyard party idea more cost-effective (unless of course, you plan on making them a regular thing — then it might be time to buy your own!).

And why stop at just one movie? Try hosting your own cozy movie marathon and play back-to-back flicks under the stars.

Classic Game Night

Two kids playing cards on outdoor furniture

When was the last time you hosted a game night? They’re so much fun, super easy to set up, and one of the most cost-effective backyard party themes you can find.

If you don’t have many board games already, ask each of your guests to bring their favorite and see what fun games you end up with. Card games count too, so get those playing cards ready.

This backyard party idea is perfect for little ones and adults, small groups, larger groups, and everything in-between.

You can even keep score and sweeten the win with a little prize at the end of the night if you’re feeling lucky!

Potluck Dinner

This is another idea that’s incredibly easy to set up — with a little help from your friends, that is.

In case you haven’t taken part in a potluck dinner before, this fun theme means each of your guests brings a meal of their choice to share with the group. What dishes you’ll end up with is luck of the draw, and it makes for an evening filled with variety.

Once again, be sure to have information on dietary restrictions ahead of time to avoid any issues and to make sure everyone has the best time possible.

Enjoy Your Next Backyard Party With Outer

Outdoor furniture set up for a backyard party

So many backyard party ideas, so little time!

By following our simple checklist and choosing one of our fun, easy backyard party themes, you’ll be hosting your next soiree in no time! Make sure to plan ahead, especially when it comes to seating, so your guests can enjoy every minute at your place.

Try hosting your next backyard party with outdoor furniture so comfortable your guests won’t want to leave! From our Teak Outdoor Sofa with Armless Chairs to our Wicker Outdoor U Sectional, Outer has got all of your backyard party needs covered.