Having more than one are to gather in and get spread out is key with large groups. We have a large dining table to fit the crew and 2 small Little Tykes table for the littles. We have a large umbrella to help with shade if needed during a hot day.
The Elders tend to gather here and enjoy the outdoors at night, while the young’uns move up to the deck. The outdoor living room is comfortable to lounge and chat. There are some outdoor lights to give some light but keep it relaxing. The shed and back fence gives a nice blocked private feel from the neighbors.