June will be here faster than we know which means it’s time to gear up for the summer, especially your outdoor space. Even on the hottest of days, who doesn’t enjoy sipping on some ice-cold lemonade enjoying the sunshine under some shade? What makes it even better is being able to enjoy the day having some in the sun with your favorite friends and family. Here are a few must-haves to turn your backyard into one of your most favorite gathering spaces in your home.
Accessories such as pillows, rugs, throws, and even candles and planters are small touches that make a big difference when making a space cozy and comfy. Adding a few garden pillows such as the Daisy Hook pillow from Vivid Hue Home and a bench cushion to your wooden bench is a great way to making lounging around super comfortable. Add a throw over the bench at night to enjoy a glass of wine under the stars and keep you warm with the cooler evening temperatures.
You can turn a small corner or a small patio into a tranquil oasis with a mix of planters, lanterns, and a rug. The best part about a project like this is that it’s small and easy to do. Fill some planters with your favorite plants. If you don’t have a green thumb, find plants that are easy to take care of which is best for beginner plant parents. The best way to accomplish this “oasis look” is to place a variety of planter sizes either on outdoor tables or on the ground. Place a few lanterns to give it some aesthetics and fill in the gaps between your plants. You can also use citronella candles for your lanterns to not only complete the look but also keep bugs away when you’re enjoying your peaceful little corner. If you love being outdoors and barefoot, you’ll need an outdoor rug for your feet to enjoy.
Make sure that you have your outdoor furniture up to par whether you’re hosting a dinner party al fresco or relaxing with your significant other. A dining table is a must for every backyard but so is any piece of outdoor lounge furniture. Depending on the size of your backyard and the number of people you’d like to host, it may be a good idea to invest in furniture such as an outdoor sectional. It may be more cost-effective instead of buying individual furniture to accommodate everyone. Plus, a sectional looks great when paired with a square fire table. Not only will it look amazing, but it will also be fun to make s’mores together while sitting around the fire. When shopping for the right outdoor furniture, be sure that it’s sturdy enough to last you for years to come. Another thing to consider is that it is aesthetically pleasing. You can usually accomplish this by matching the exterior color of your house.
When hosting, you’ll want to make sure that your guests are having fun. Whether it’s a delicious dinner prepared at your grill or smoker, water games such as a Slip n’ Slide competition, a water balloon fight, or a water gun battle, be sure to have everything you need to give your guests an experience. Other ideas such as a movie outdoors with a projector and an inflatable screen are always a hit. Whatever your idea of fun, make sure to have everything you need for your outdoor gathering.
If you need more ideas, Pinterest is always a great source of inspiration and everyone’s go-to when it comes to design. If you have a budget, landscaping consultations are free with most companies so be sure to shop around and speak with a few professionals to get your creative juices flowing for the best summer fun this year.