Warmer weather will be here before you know it! And who said you have to wait till the heat of summer to enjoy some outdoor entertaining? Not us, that’s for sure! We’re all for being on our decks and patios as often, and as early, as possible. Get your outdoor areas in tip-top shape and ready for company so you can enjoy an even longer outdoor season.
Stand back and really look at your space – does it make you think you can’t wait to get out the chairs and have a beer, or does it make you think “yuck.” If it’s yuck, take the time to do some cleaning and maintenance to your outdoor areas, make any repairs that need to be made.
Next, assess your space and what you already have. How much room do you have for furniture? What kind of entertaining do you do? Do you have enough furniture for the guests you plan to have, and is it in good shape? If you’re a little shy on seating, or your furniture has seen better days, it may be time to look into new outdoor furniture made from teak or recycled plastics.
Once you’ve got the big stuff out of the way, it’s time to think décor. Treat your outdoor space the same as you would any room in your home. Would an outdoor rug help tie the space together, or anchor your seating arrangement? Add some color and light with solar-powered lanterns and you’re on your way to an inviting outdoor space. Just like in your home, think about the colors and textures that you enjoy and that make you feel good.
What about plants? Is your outdoor space surrounded by your yard? Are the adjacent plantings people friendly? IE – nothing prickly, sticky or likely to attract bees. If your space is a deck or balcony that isn’t up against your yard, is there space to add a container garden? Or maybe a couple of small table-top plants or even a terrarium? An outdoor space just feels better if there is some form of greenery around.
Do you have an outdoor grill? Now is the time to get it cleaned up and replace any parts that need replacing. If it’s a gas grill, fill up the tank and check all the lines and connections and make sure it’s in working order. Nothing is more frustrating than going to start your first cookout of the season to find your grill isn’t in working order.
Take a preemptive strike against unwanted insects and plant geraniums, lemon balm or catnip to help repel mosquitos. Check out our post from last summer for more natural tips to beat the biters of summer.
It won’t take long to get everything in order, and your reward will be more time to enjoy your outdoor entertainment area this year. So grab a sweater, light the candles and enjoy your morning coffee outdoors!