Secrets to a better party

Anyone can toss a boring burger on the BBQ and call it a party. At Stone Center, we want your celebrations to make a giant leap ahead of the rest. Here are some tips and trade secrets to ramp up your next outdoor get together.

1. Rediscover your yard

Be sure to maximize every square foot of your property. Place a long table on your driveway to greet guests with a welcoming themed cocktail that sets the mood. Utilize your side yard, too...with a volleyball net, bocce court or giant chessboard. And be sure to add lush landscaping to make every spot feel warm and rich.

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2. Have a seat

The best parties offer the ideal amount of seating that encourages conversation. So don't forget to add lots of flexible options for guests to park it, eat, and interact. Pick up some thick cushions for your patio furniture - an easy way to perk up any seat, even a folding chair. Spread colorful blankets on the grass. Repurpose indoor chairs and stools, too. Insider tip? Landscape seating is the hottest trend in outdoor living right now. So treat your family and friends to a stately wall with built-in seating.

3. Keep it simple

Your event doesn’t have to be over the top. In fact, memorable parties should seem effortless. So choose an unfussy but unforgettable menu that can be prepped in advance and cooked fresh on the grill. Mix and match your everyday dishes for a laid-back vibe. Create an instant outdoor dining room with an umbrella, table and lanterns. (Brown craft paper makes a casually cool tablecloth, too.) A pretty patio becomes the focal point of the celebration, and Stone Center’s experts can help you choose one that reflects your personal taste.

4. Just add water

Nothing says party quite like H2O. If you’re adding a swimming pool – or revamping your existing pool – you’ll need to finish it with an exquisite pool deck. But with so many choices, how do you decide? No worries. Stone Center boasts an unmatched selection of pavers that satisfy every homeowner. We start by learning about you. Your lifestyle. Your unique esthetic. Do you like contemporary design, country chic or classic? How will the pool be used – weekends with the kids…huge events…or just quiet alone time? Then we help you pick hardscaping, design your deck, and get it installed.

5. Bring it all together

It’s great to encourage guests to roam and enjoy your property. But it’s equally important to create an inviting, cohesive feel at your party. Tie areas together with gracious walkways, potted plants and clever paper bag luminaries that cast soft, diffused light. An outdoor fireplace and a classic rock soundtrack will draw your company in as the night rolls on. A fantastic hot tub is a real showstopper, too. Today’s models feature expanded seating, wellness spa features, river jets, even game tables. Spa owners love enhancing their hot tubs, and we help them create backyard paradises using stunning cast stone walls.