Summer has begun and that means it’s time to start soaking up the sun. Celebrate it’s arrival by throwing themed parties, learning some grilling tricks, and starting outdoor redesigns for the best summer to date. Summer is also a time to rediscover hobbies both new and old, by venturing into new adventures, as the weather changes for the better.
Show Your Pride
Pride celebrates LGBTQIA communities across the globe to honor the power of inclusivity and aims to create support for all. Throwing a party to commemorate this momentous occasion is a must for June. Take inspiration from the rainbow in all aspects of your party planning with brightly toned cups or rainbow-inspired fruit skewers.
Create more adult fun using food coloring to put together a drink menu for all your friends. Invite your guests to come in their most over the top frocks and host a costume competition where the most creative fit reigns supreme. Lasty, implore your guests to donate to a charitable organization that benefits LGBTQIA individuals with a silent auction.
Cool Gift Ideas for Cool Dads
Shopping for the perfect Father’s Day gift can be difficult. This year, playing into Dad’s hobbies is the surefire way to gift him something that is both useful and satisfying.
It’s no secret that dads have a special relationship with their grills; grills are much more than a cooking apparatus. They can serve as a gathering place for dads to enjoy each other’s company. Focusing on what your father enjoys will make giving him a perfect gift a much more manageable task. This year you can protect one of Dad’s favorite things; it’s easy to keep his grill safe with custom covers designed to keep everything in pristine condition.
Hot off the Grill
Many different cultures around the world utilize grills in vastly different ways. The use of smokers, fire pits, and brick ovens are things we are accustomed to in the states, but a plethora of unconventional grilling methods exist elsewhere.
In Hawaii and other Pacific Island cultures, for example, grilling techniques rely on nature to create an underground oven. After digging a hole that’s three to five feet deep in the ground, a fire is started, rocks are added to retain heat, then banana leaves are used to cover both the rocks and the food. Afterwards, the entire hole is covered with banana leaves, heavy duty tarps, and sand to seal in the flavor.
Patio Accents from Around the World
Learn how to get the most of your space and find pieces that are used in patios around the world. Simple additions can make all the difference and with a little help for our friends around the world, you’ll be well on your way to building a paradise in your own backyard.
Independence Day Party
The 4th of July is synonymous with fireworks, freedom, food, and festivities. Use 4th of July decorations to bring to your backyard some American-themed party fare with flags, streamers, and tablecloths.
The 4th is one of the biggest party days of the year and the food is the second star of the day. Barbeque and fried chicken are two of the most popular main courses at a 4th of July bash as are homemade potato salads and sides galore. Everyone is always reinventing ways to bring red, white, and blue into their cuisines. The old standbys are frosted cupcakes and popsicles, and the more extravagant ideas range from jello-shots with food coloring to star spangled pie crusts. The bottom line is, the sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity on your food and party designs.
Self-Expression Through Exterior Design
Curating an outdoor living room is a very personal experience. Every piece is selected for a specific purpose, contributing individually in order to fulfill a greater purpose in your exterior design scheme. You hold the power to create a more unique outdoor area with personalized covers that are both functional and fashionable. Choose from different fabrics suited to your needs and design your very own custom covers to fit your own style and taste. Add text, a favorite logo, your family crest, or a mantra to take your décor to the next level.
Before You Leave
Before embarking on your summer vacation, it’s crucial that you ensure your home is in tip-top shape to ensure that you’ll have a worry-free vacation and not be left stressing about things at home. Nothing is worse than coming home to a house in disarray after your vacation has ended. Write a list of all the things you want to check before leaving home, including things like setting timers on your lights, raising or lowering your air conditioning, locking all your doors, a light cleanup of the house, and closing your garage doors. For your exterior you’ll want to use sectional covers to protect your outdoor furniture.
Cool for the Summer
We all love the rising summer temperatures and fun in the sun. Sometimes, however, the heat can be overbearing and escape can seem impossible. The first order of business are design ideas that turn your areas of comfort into spaces that are easy to maintain and keep cool. Creating these spaces can be accomplished with misters, fans, and shaded areas. Solar shades and umbrellas can offer a respite from the heat as well while also making wonderful accent pieces to your outdoor living room.
Perfecting Your Profile Pic
Social Media Day is a celebration of all the great things social media has brought to our culture. Nothing is more prevalent than the profile picture, but taking the perfect photo is easier said than done. Curating your backyard to accommodate a photo-shoot, on the other hand, is simple. All it takes is a little planning, a little inspiration, and, of course, a little work on your part.
The best time to take photos is the magic hour, that time of day right before the sun goes down when the sun’s rays are a soft, golden hue. It’s best to use natural lighting with your backyard naturescape as your backdrop; if you have a pond, trees, or a blossoming garden make sure those are in frame. In having nature by your side, you’re just a few snaps away from capturing the perfect picture.