It’s time to bust out pool floats, sunglasses, and sunscreen because summer’s almost here. From parties with your entire neighborhood in attendance to bonding with your family, the sun-drenched days and sweet nights of summer are the perfect backdrop for making memories that last a lifetime.
A Day at the Races
Giddy up and go for gold with a triple crown themed party to celebrate the pomp and circumstance of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. What’s a day at the races without your big hat? You and your guests may not be able to make it to the track, but a menu of mint juleps and pimento sandwiches paired with floral hues will make you feel like a real American pharoah every race day.
The fastest way to a true foodie’s heart is through the barbecue pit. The sweet and savory flavors of your grill are the perfect accompaniment to long days spent soaking in the summer sun and relaxed nights chilling around the fire pit.
This season, consider switching things up by introducing new barbecue recipes that bring exciting taste sensations to the table while staying true to the roots of the ‘cue. Whether it’s a new take on steaks or vegetarian dishes everyone can enjoy, there’s a whole world of barbecue potential just waiting to be discovered.
Prepping your patio for a season of fun in the sun calls for a few updates on your part. Replacing worn out cushions and investing in protective measures such as table covers requires attention to detail. This means taking accurate measurements are crucial. There’s no need to worry, however. Measuring up is as simple as 1-2-3 inches.
Family Fun in the Sun
With your kids out of school you may find yourself hard-pressed coming up with ways to keep them entertained on a budget. Believe it or not, the low-cost secret to summer family fun lies in your own backyard.
From a DIY water park to exciting scavenger hunts, there’s a whole world of activities for you and your family to enjoy together this summer. All you need is a big imagination and the right supplies on hand, such as sprinklers or fire pit covers.
Around the Continent in 80 Plates
Forget first class flights. You can experience all the culinary delights of Europe right in the comfort of your backyard. An around-the-continent dinner party gives you and your most prized guests the chance to indulge in a Tour de Food of Europe.
Don’t be intimidated by the jet-setting theme. All you need to pull off this unforgettable dinner party are recipes for summer favorites from France to Greece to Great Britain and a willingness to think outside your culinary box.
Poolside Prep Perfection
If there’s one area that needs plenty of attention this summer, it’s your backyard pool. Pulling off the cover after months of hibernation is only the first step in ensuring that your pool is ready for swimmers. But once you take care of the cleaning and chemical upkeep, you and your pool will be all set for swims under the sun.
While there’s plenty to love about the summer sun, staying protected from harsh UV rays is crucial. For you and your family, that means applying sunscreen and relaxing in the shade with the help of outdoor blinds & shades. Your patio furniture and accessories, however, are a different story.
Protecting your backyard living room calls for everything from sun-proofed table covers to shade-providing custom tarps. Never underestimate the destructive potential of UV rays, as fading and potential breakage are likely to occur if your furniture is left exposed. With protective measures in place, you can breathe easy knowing that your prized accessories are safe in the sun.
Memorial Day Made Easy
There’s nothing quite like hosting a Memorial Day celebration to kick off the summer. Invite the neighborhood over for an afternoon of games, grilling, and good times for all. Pass out some sparklers to close out the evening, and you’ve got the makings of a magnificent Memorial Day on your hands.
Make a point to send out your party invitations early in order to give yourself enough time to plan everything from the menu to the decor. Pops of red, white, and blue are a must for Memorial Day weekend. Be sure to implement them in creative ways such as color coordinated fruit trays and custom tarps adorned with festive flag graphics.
A Season of Style
Your outdoor living room will be receiving plenty of attention this summer from friends and family paying a visit, and the last thing you want is a design scheme that is so last season. It’s the perfect time to update your backyard lifestyle area with fresh, summer inspired patterns and on-trend fabrics that will bring new life to your design scheme.