For those dealing with the snow, ice, and rain of winter, spring weather is a welcomed idea. Thankfully, spring is right around the corner, give or take a few weeks, and what better way to celebrate the warmer weather than with a backyard bash?
After the havoc the winter weather wreaks on the outdoors, most homeowners need to give their backyard a spruce in order to get it ready for the spring and summer months of get-togethers and barbecues. Here are a few simple do-it-yourself tips perfect for a backyard party:
No outdoor party is complete without backyard furniture. Whether you are hosting a huge party or a quiet, intimate gathering, you and your guests need teak patio furniture in order to be comfortable all evening long. Affordable and durable furniture is a must, as it should be able to withstand the weather of spring and summer without costing you too much in the long run. Consider investing in chairs, tables, sofas, and even a chair swing in order to accommodate all of your guests comfortably.
After the long winter, the lawn may not be in the best shape. Once the snow has melted and the lawn has had time to dry out, pull out the lawn mower, give it a trim, and see how much damage there is that needs to be fixed. Dead and dry patches can sometimes come back to life with a bit of care and lawn seed. However, it might be a good idea to invest in some sod in order to bring it back to its full potential.
Or, consider looking into more eco-friendly landscape options, including alternative ground coverings such as bark, rock, decomposed granite, and even pine needles. Plant flower seeds in certain areas to give color and vibrancy to the space while also saving a great deal of money on water costs.
When it comes to outdoor entertaining, patio lighting is critical. While it can be nice to enjoy the natural light of the moon and stars, on nights where there is little to no lighting from the moon, outdoor parties can be extremely dark. Look to outfit your patio with strings of white lights, as they provide a nice amount of light without going overboard.
Additionally, consider looking into lanterns, which can be hung around the patio, in trees, on the ground, or even on the table. Lanterns have the ability to double as useful light and decorations, making them a wise investment.
Making small garden boxes and installing them underneath windows or on the ground can help make a space feel bright and colorful without costing a lot of money. If you pick hearty plants, they will last a long time without needing too much care. Additionally, garden boxes are ideal for planting herbs and vegetables.
While many homes come with existing patio covers or pergolas, it can be nice to offer more covered space for friends and family members. Providing a covering over a deck or the patio can be a great way to offer some relief from the sun or rain.
Barbecue and Bar Space
A great way to make entertaining both relaxing and fun is to add an outdoor bar space that includes a built-in barbecue and fridge space. This way the main course and all the fixings can be stored outside, as well as all the drinks.
If building an outdoor barbecue and bar space is too expensive, consider investing in a portable outdoor cart. Setting it up next to the barbecue can give you the extra space you need to house the drinks and side dishes for the meal.
Nothing says spring and summer like a fire pit where you can roast marshmallows and eat s’mores. While you can install a built-in one, there are also portable ones you can buy that offer the same amount of fun while also coming in different sizes, giving you the chance to purchase the one that fits best in the space.
With these easy outdoor entertaining tips, you can be well on your way to planning an outdoor party when the spring weather arrives.
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