Patio Ideas For The Family

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Our patio has always been our main attraction during the warmer seasons, and we’ve been looking for patio ideas to spruce it up a bit.

From breakfast to family gatherings, we like to make the most out of our patio furniture. After all, that’s why we bought it right?

Simple Is Always In Style
Multifunctional pieces are my go-to for everything. I found this 4-piece patio dining set on the Target website and I thought about all the fun things you can do with it. The table could be used for a self-serve brunch, the bench could be placed by the flowers for a more intimate area for your guests. The two chairs could be placed near the patio door with a simple table for drinks. 

If you love your patio set, then you might want to give it a facelift. Although I’m not a fan of using throw pillows on my bed or on the couch, I will admit that adding a toss pillow to patio furniture really does make a difference — not just on your back or buttocks, but it gives your patio a more personalized look.

Our eldest loves the color green, and he’s been my help with finding inspiration for our backyard. I wasn’t open to the idea of such a bright color until I thought about how having green accents outdoors would make our family garden stand out. Also, our patio furniture is made out of wood, and with a dark stain, the green toss pillows will look fabulous.

A play area is always a must when entertaining guests. Aside from the usual board games and dominoes we already own, I’ve been thinking of looking into something that gets everyone moving. A bean toss game might do the trick, and it can get competitive. Always exciting when you get family and friends together for a little competition — males against females, anyone?

This mini bean toss is less than $25 on the Target website and is easy to put away — a bonus for us!

Having an area for the boys to play is one thing, but having a place for the kids to store their things is everything! When you’re planning the layout of your yard, you always want to keep in mind that your kids will be using it most of the time.

Although we’ll have a garage to store our things, we’re thinking about having an area next to the backdoor to make it easier for the kids to find their toys. Storage shelves work wonders, and they make organization a breeze when you have little ones. We might even add one to their bedroom as well just to keep things tidy.

For more patio ideas and inspiration, head over to the Target website.


  1. Jay Colby

    May 22, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    These are all great ideas for the patio. Reminds of when we use to play out on my uncles patio.

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    May 22, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    A bean bag toss is a fun idea. I bet my boys would love to play that with me.

  3. Julia Fortney

    May 22, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    I love these ideas! When looking at houses and apartments, I always want a patio, but then I never actually use it to its full potential.

  4. momknowsbest15

    May 22, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    My yard needs a makeover. These are great ideas.

  5. Hey Sharonoox

    May 23, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Nice picks! I agree that simple is always in style.

  6. Michelle Waller (@myblessedslife)

    May 23, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    When we get a new house, the first them we are doing is remodeling the patio. I love a good patio with tons of things for the kids to do.

  7. Parenting Healthy

    May 23, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Having a fun game board on the table makes for an entertaining night outdoors. I also love using billows and outdoor rugs to add pops of color

  8. Cynthia Nicoletti

    May 23, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    I love all the furniture and accessories you picked out. They would look so good in my backyard.

  9. The Motivated Mom

    May 23, 2017 at 10:57 PM

    These are great ideas. We are looking to enhance our backyard…this is very helpful.

  10. Jennifer

    May 23, 2017 at 11:41 PM

    I love these patio decor ideas! I have a very small patio, though. I like the idea to feature games on the patio. My kids would enjoy something like this!

  11. Claudia Krusch

    May 24, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    These are all great ideas for the patio. I can’t wait to use some of them!

  12. tsosmmn

    May 24, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    I love these ideas and especially love the table top tic tac toe game – a classic that we still resort to quite often.

  13. Anosa Malanga VA

    May 24, 2017 at 9:10 PM

    Ohh these are such nice ideas. I would love to have the same design too.

  14. Agnes Dela Cruz

    May 24, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    I love all the ideas in this post. Although rainy season comes near I can get some ideas for rainy season ends.

  15. wendy

    May 24, 2017 at 11:24 PM

    What wonderful idea! I love the different designs and the game! How much fun!

  16. dinnerandabeerblog

    May 25, 2017 at 7:27 PM

    The storage shelves are a really smart idea! My kid’s toys are hard to organize outside, but this would be a great way to contain them. Thanks!

  17. Nichole Shirell

    May 25, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    I could use a nice patio makeover. Your choices are very nice. I love them.

  18. Yonca

    June 4, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Wonderful ideas! Decorating back yard is fun! I love to choose furniture and accessories for back yard.

  19. Tina Gleisner

    June 4, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    We are spending more time outdoors so your idea that we should try to find multi-purpose furniture is perfect. Lightweight also helps so you can easily carry things from one part of the yard to another.

    PS My boys love the bean toss game.

  20. GD Blog

    June 4, 2017 at 7:35 PM

    Wow! These are cool stuff to use in our backyard. We’re recently struggling in thinking of what to do in our backyard and we ended up just getting big canopies to have a shade next to the pool. And I think I like that mini bean toss game board as a cute stuff for playing.

  21. alisonrost

    June 4, 2017 at 10:49 PM

    My husband and I are in the middle of a back yard re-do and your post is really timely. I’m with you on the idea of simple, I’m such a minimalist at heart x

  22. Mary Anne

    June 5, 2017 at 7:33 AM

    This is such a cool article with great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!

  23. Hali

    June 6, 2017 at 3:07 AM

    LOVe the mini bean bag toss, would be great addition at home and as a gift!

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