In the whole of this nation, there is only one topic upon which there is almost universal agreement: BBQ. This term can simply mean the style of food by that name, but for the purpose of this article, bbq will mean both the food and the social event. While many people, usually single men, will throw a bbq on the fly, but those that truly love bbq will plan for days, weeks or even months, especially for the Fourth of July. All the backyard budget is spent for the short months of summer, and woe to the host needing backyard updates for an I Hate Valentine’s Day Backyard Party. Just in time, hopefully, here are three simple improvements for backyard entertaining.
- Look Around the Patio: The patio is the center hub of any backyard event, with all activity radiating outward from that point. Now, if your thoughts went something like this “Patio? What patio?” You either need to cancel the event or immediately call a contractor to make you one. those readers who have one already, check to make sure it is big enough, and also that it is in a state of decent repair.
- Seating Matters Outside Too: Anyone that has ever attended a backyard party with no patio set, not even a few token dining room chairs, can explain how miserable it is, especially to any woman in heels. Not only should you make sure people stay comfortable at your party, but why not give it some style with the right patio furniture choices too? A classy concept that has become increasingly popular is the backyard living room. All you need is some good patio chairs, an area rug and maybe a coffee table. Although this works best with an area that is covered, uncovered still looks inviting and unique enough to leave a lasting impression.
- Firepit or Fireplace: Both of these options are versatile for future entertainment and range from simple and inexpensive, to incredibly not simple. For those against burning a new tree every night, there are other options, such as natural gas logs, which have many benefits. Natural gas logs often look quite like a real piece of wood, and because the fire is real, natural gas logs still give off the heat that can make fire pits so appealing and eliminate the need for a patio heater.
There is no doubt that the choices host makes about their party, but some advanced planning lets you navigate the minefield rather easily.