A friend of ours has a great patio, perfect for entertaining. During the warm weather (which in Los Angeles can be three-quarters of the year), it's not unusual for the question "What are you doing tonight?" to turn into a party, with mixed cocktails and food on the grill and people stopping by. Here are some pictures of decks from our house tours that invite the same response...
Kellys Modern 5 Star Green Home
Elise and Darren's Modernist Sensibility
Laura and Jason's Comfortable Colourful Casa