Can you think of anything better than spending a summer evening outside? Come May, that’s all you’re going to want to do. It’s time to shape up your outdoor living area! Start now so your space is ready for a Memorial Day celebration (May 30). Here are some ways to go about it:
Spruce up the backyard
Cold weather can take quite a toll on all your outdoor features. No one likes the look of dead grass. Make sure you’re taking care of your lawn to get it back to looking green as can be. Fertilize, water and cut it regularly, and it will be good as new in no time.
Although you probably brought your patio set indoors for the winter, your wooden deck had to sit through all the weather conditions (rain, slow, hail). First, clean it off with water and mild soap to get rid of any debris. If your wood is looking particularly worn down, you may want to consider adding a stain or a fresh layer of paint.
Get barbecue ready
Memorial Day is the perfect time for an outdoor barbeque. Bring out the grill, and include summery menu items like:
- Hotdogs and hamburgers.
- Corn on the cob.
- Potato salad.
- Baked beans
- Cole slaw.
- Seasonal craft beers.
Don’t forget to update your dinnerware sets. Find plates, bowls and glasses that match your outdoor decor so you can serve food in style. Also, consider purchasing a drink/bar cart. That way, your guests don’t have to walk in and out of the house to fix themselves a cocktail. Include a wide range of alcohol options from whiskey to gin to tequila so your guests can pick their poison. Top off the tray with an ice bucket to keep the drinks cool on a warm, summer day. Put the other refreshments like juice and soda in a large cooler for those visitors choosing not to imbibe.
Add your personality to the decor
The inside of your home may reflect your personality, but what about the outside? Invest in some statement figurines depending on your own style. Are you an animal lover? Add some glass hummingbirds around your porch or a stone, sleepy kitty figurine to your garden. The more you make the space your own, the more excited you will be to entertain.
Make some easy updates
“Transforming your space is easy with a statement rug or decorative pillows.”
Not everyone has an unlimited budget. Thankfully, transforming your outdoor space doesn’t have to break the bank. Focus on adding pieces that draw attention, like a outdoor rug, decorative pillows or citronella candles to ward off those pesky bugs and illuminate the area at night. Get creative to craft the perfect, relaxing, outdoor oasis for you and your guests.