boring backyard

Got the Boring Backyard Blues?

Summer is almost in full swing, and among many things, one thing that summer brings with it is barbeques, evening get-togethers, and summer parties. If your backyard is less than impressive, you may start to consider a few exterior makeovers around the yard so that you can be the ultimate host or hostess for your friends and family. These new layouts can serve as an excellent place to host all of your outdoor parties. Whether you are planning to have a simple dinner with a few friends in your backyard or have a blowout birthday party, you can step up your party game by making a few updates to the backyard.

light up the night

Light Up the Night

If your summer parties are good ones, then they will likely run into the evening or even night time. If you plan to entertain guests in the backyard and enjoy the cool evening summer air, you’ll need proper lighting, or else everyone will have to move inside when the sun goes down. If you have any pathways through the yard, you likely want to light the path, as well as add a few lights to the back porch or deck. A popular choice for summer backyard lighting is to add twinkle lights along your fence, or even above your guests heads to ensure that every night is a starry one.

something to ponder

Something to Pond-er

A pond can be a great option to bring a unique ambiance to your backyard and create a point of interest. If you want to install the pond yourself, you will just have to invest in a water pump and fountain, pond liner and stones. Dimension alternatives for the pond can include 8 feet in diameter with a three or four foot depth. Adorn the stones you want around the pond to complete the project. The professionals of Pest Detective who specialize in Victoria pest control suggest that you ensure there aren’t any critters or creatures that have made their home near the area where you plan to put the pond. The last thing you want is a little rodent burrowing and digging into the pond’s structure and leaving you with an expensive mess.

The Entertainment Area

The Entertainment Area

You can enjoy the fresh night air and the world series or your favorite summer flick by adding a flat screen to the back porch. Obviously, this option works best for back porches or patios that are covered so that the television is protected from the elements. If you’re nervous about installing the television outside, you can always invest in a projector and project your favorite movies on a blank side of your house or even your garage door. Grab a few blankets and pillows for your guests and enjoy an old horror film or a classic comedy on a breezy summer night.

Get Grilling

Get Grilling

Your summer parties will always include some sort of food, and the perfect addition to any back patio is a grill. When it comes to investing in a BBQ grill, you can consider a brick BBQ grill to enhance the layout of your backyard. Make sure that you combine a smoker with your BBQ grill so that you can have more alternatives in your cooking. You could even install a brick pizza oven if your family prefers DIY pizza night as opposed to hamburgers and steaks.

Patio Furniture

Patio Furniture and a Living Room Ambiance

When you think patio furniture, you might envision, white plastic chairs. However, today there are so many designs for patio furniture that you can literally create a living room on your back patio if you want. This can include a patio sofa along with a patio coffee table to make your guests feel right at home. You can even complete this layout with a patio umbrella for the hot or sunny days you might be using the furniture. Along with your patio furniture, you might want to invest in a heat lamp so that you don’t have to cut your dinner or party short when it gets dark and temperatures drop.

 Boring Backyard Be Gone!

Creating a unique layout for your backyard can be something as simple as adorning lights around your backyard or something a little more, such as building a brick BBQ pit. In the end, remember that your goal is to create something that you will like and that will turn your backyard into an exciting place for casual parties. All it takes is a little planning and creativity and suddenly your backyard is the resident spot for all summer parties.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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