Everyone loves a good rooftop party. There’s something wonderful about being on a roof that makes people feel free, like they’re standing on top of the world. If you want your rooftop parties to be an unforgettable experience for your guests, here are 7 elements you can’t skip:

1. Wire in some electronic entertainment

There’s no point in having a beautiful rooftop space without entertainment. Flat screen TVs are inexpensive; you can get one for a couple hundred bucks. They’re also lightweight so you can haul it up to the roof and set it up yourself.

Get yourself a basic DVD player and hook it up so you and your friends can host some awesome movie parties. You can even grab a used game console off eBay and hook it up on the roof. That way, you don’t have to keep dragging your main console up and down.

Depending on where you live, you may need to enclose your entertainment area to protect it from the weather. Either way, nothing beats being able to watch the game or your favorite show from your rooftop.

If you’re wondering how to get a signal on your roof for cable TV, it’s not hard. When you’re ready for high-level entertainment, there are plenty of electricians who can install an antenna or satellite on your roof. You don’t always need to call your cable company and pay outrageous fees.

2. Build a full bar

No rooftop is complete without a full bar – even if you don’t use it all the time. If you’re hosting a movie party for your friends, and someone suggests going out for drinks, you can serve it up while you watch the movie and nobody has to go anywhere. Your guests also won’t have to worry about calling a cab to get home.

HGTV has easy to follow instructions for creating several types of bars, including a tiki bar with a thatched roof, a pebble top bar, and an outdoor mini bar with a fridge.

Be sure to stock some good wine and champagne, too. You can even hang some wine glasses to make your bar look classy.

3. Install a rooftop hot tub

On a cool night, nothing beats relaxing in a hot tub with a clear view of the stars. If your home happens to be in an area that gets a great view of the Milky Way or the stars, you can’t skip the rooftop hot tub.

4. Set up a barbecue

Having a rooftop barbecue means you’re committed to entertaining and feeding your friends. This is a great addition to a rooftop pool, hot tub, and bar. People never forget good food.

5. Create an herb garden in the middle of a picnic table

Everyone loves rooftop gardens, but that doesn’t mean you need to grow one. If you’re not interested in growing a full-sized garden on your roof, plant some herbs in the middle of your table. When you’re chowing down on your meal, you can just reach over and grab some cilantro, parsley, chives, or any other herb you wish, and it will always be fresh.

6. Get a fire pit going

Cold nights require a fire pit, period. Having a fire pit on your rooftop is a must, no matter what else you’ve setup. You can buy one from the store, or build one yourself and surround it with comfortable chairs.

Don’t forget to keep a stash of marshmallows (and sticks) for you and your guests to toast.

7. Get some propane powered infrared patio heaters

Those outdoor patio heaters used by restaurants are popular for good reason – they work. There wouldn’t be much downtown nightlife if they didn’t keep people warm. Unlike traditional space heaters that just blow hot air around, infrared heat is absorbed deeply into the skin, and sticks to your clothes. This is the only heat that will keep you warm while you’re outside. If you have a hot tub, your friends will appreciate these heaters while they dry off.