Best Outdoor Furniture for Celebrations and Picnics

Best Outdoor Furniture for Celebrations and Picnics

We all love a good party! Memorial Day, July 4th, graduation parties, and birthdays are just a few of the celebrations that come with warmer weather. With the festivities come crowds of friends and family, so what furniture is best for hosting like a pro?

In this guide, we’ll list the best kinds of furniture for outdoor celebrations and summer picnics, as well as, a few tips for decorating. Read on to make your summer the best it can be!


Outdoor Dining

Food is a central component for any gathering. Whether it’s a full meal, appetizers, or a snack bar, an outdoor dining area is a key ingredient for getting the party started.

If you’re planning a full meal, you’ll need both a table and enough chairs for everyone to sit. To maximize seating, we recommend a set like our Lehigh 42in x 84in dining set. With 6 chairs and an extra-long table, 6 people will have plenty of room to eat together.

These 7-piece bundles are also available in our Hamilton and Weatherly design families, and come in a taller counter height in addition to the standard dining height.


Weatherly 7pc Outdoor Dining Set 42” x 84” - Dining Height in Coastal Teak


If you need more eating room, we also offer smaller square and round table sets. They’re available in all three design families, and both height variants. Browse our outdoor dining furniture collection today to see what catches your eye!


Bar and Balcony Sets

For late evening gatherings, our outdoor bar and balcony furniture helps set the scene for a more sophisticated, mature setting. These elevated sets come with smaller stools compared to our standard chairs, offering an ideal setting for smaller groups.

These sets are available in two styles: our modern Monroe design, and our more traditional Lehigh family. We also have two additional styles for bar stools available: our Birch bar height stool and our Summit stool.


Monroe Modern 6pc Balcony Set in Whitewash


Whether it’s on a balcony overlooking the yard, a detached patio, or an outdoor kitchen, bar height dining furniture is a long-term investment for your outdoor gathering space! As with all our pieces, these sets are made with high-quality material that will last for years with minimal maintenance. We back this promise with a 12-year residential warranty.


A Celebration Favorite: The Picnic Table

The picnic table is a classic picture of American celebrations. Whether its for Memorial Day, Independence Day, or summertime celebrations of any kind, the picnic table is synonymous with family fun outdoors.

At Highwood USA, our answer to the picnic table comes in the form of the Hometown picnic table. Family and friends will love coming together for summer parties when you make this your yard centerpiece!


Hometown Picnic Table in Jasper


Available in black, white, browns, grays, and more, this heavy-duty picnic table will look great in any environment. Our material also mimics the look of real wood, down to the grainy texture. Just add a tablecloth, plates, and decorations, then fire up the grill, and your summer barbeque will be the envy of the neighborhood!


Conversation Sets

After the meal, conversation furniture sets provide space for guests to stay a little longer, talking the evening away. An ideal conversation space involves a mix of tables and chairs, and depending on the weather, may include a fire pit space.

For a regular patio space, our deck chairs or rocking chairs are perfect seating options. When mixed with side tables and a central conversation table, you’ll have plenty of space for games and snacks. Browse the collections to see which style and color options you like best!


Lehigh Garden Conversation Set in Black


Spending time around the fire has been a favorite way to socialize since ancient times. In your yard, it can be a place to kick back after a meal while enjoying a beer, or a source of heat to roast marshmallows with the kiddos.

With any sort of bonfire, a ring of Adirondack chairs and tables is one of the best ways to enjoy the dancing flames. Our Classic Westport fireside set allows you to complete the scene all at once, and includes our folding ottomans for those who like to put their feet up. For beach homes, we also have the Cape Classic Fireside set from Bahia Verde Outdoors!

For those unable to use wood-fueled fire pits on their property, or simply want something different, we’ve got you covered! Our newly launched Oasis fire pit table is easy to set up, powered by propane, and looks beautiful with four wood-tone colors. At 24 inches tall, it’s the perfect height for use with Adirondack chairs. In fact, we also offer a bundle with four of our Italica Adirondack chairs! Check it out if you love how it looks!


Italica Modern Adirondack 5-Piece Conversation Set with Fire Pit Table in Whitewash


Decorations and Party Essentials

Last, but not least, we want to cover some summer party essentials that will helpfully complement your new furniture. For Memorial Day and Independence Day, the quintessential red, white, and blue of the American flag can be displayed in balloons, lights, streamers, and miniature flags throughout your space!


Set of 3 King Hamilton Folding and Reclining Adirondack Chairs in Whitewash, Rustic Red and Federal Blue


To add some fun to the mix, outdoor party games are a must. Popular ideas include cornhole and Kan Jam. If you have the space, you can also set up a net for badminton or pickleball.

When it comes to hosting a party with food, don’t forget the place settings! Luckily, paper plates, plasticware, cups, and napkins can all be found in a variety of colors to match your party’s theme.

Speaking of themes, if want a some new ideas for a special celebration outside of national holidays, check out this article for a few unique suggestions!

We hope this blog has been helpful as you begin to prepare your backyard for outdoor gatherings.


What are some of your favorite ways to set up your space for summer parties? Let us know in the comments!

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