If you have always wanted to entertain people in your backyard but don't have a proper setup, then you should sit down and make a list of what you need to get in order to accomplish that. It's not enough to simply have a really nice looking backyard if your goal is to entertain and have lunches or dinner. The idea of a group of your friends and family wandering around your beautiful lawn, sitting on flimsy lawn chairs with paper plates on their laps trying to balance their lunch is an accident waiting to happen. What you will want to do is get a few important pieces of furniture and outdoor appliances that will make the area much more comfortable for your guests.
Propane Grill with Smoker
While you could theoretically serve food that you cater or you could cook in your kitchen, nothing is as enticing and as fun as food cooked outdoors. So, the most important piece that you should get for your backyard dining area is a gas-powered grill with a smoker. You want to choose a smoker because it adds an extra layer of flavor to meats and other food items when you're grilling. And the reason that you want to choose a propane grill is that they are much easier to use than a classic charcoal grill (not to mention much easier to care for as you won't have to deal with any of the difficult burnt charcoal). You can get these propane grills in a variety of sizes from your local grill dealer.
Waterproof Dining Table
You want to get your guests somewhere to sit. It's not fun to have to sit on a chair with your meal on your lap. This is where a good waterproof dining table comes into play. You want a table that is designed for the outdoors (not one that will rust or crumble). Pick a table that is made with a material that has been rated to stand up to wind, sun, and most importantly, rain.
Outdoor Space Heater and Ambient Lighting
Lastly, you want to make sure that the space is warm and well lit. If your guests have to sit out in the cold, or the dark, it's not going to be much fun. So, what you need to do is make sure you bring in an outdoor space heater, perhaps even one that has a lighting element. These are often sold at outdoor appliance stores that might sell the same grills mentioned above. These outdoor heaters will make it much more comfortable at night for your guests when sitting out for dinner.