Preparing your patio for small outdoor gatherings
Ah, the fresh air. The beautiful blossoms. The glorious sunshine. You know what that means: Springtime has finally arrived!
With all of the beauty that Mother Nature brings comes a craving to spend more time outside with family and friends. We’re almost in a place where we can start gathering with others at a normal capacity again, but it’s still smart to play it safe this spring. You can have small outdoor gatherings and still feel good about it, especially once your patio is in top shape for entertainment.
Here are a few of our tried and true tips for preparing your patio space for a small outdoor get together this spring:
Take care of the lawn
No matter what area of the country you reside in, it was a long winter. Your yard likely isn’t looking as fresh and lush as you’d like this time of year, but with a little TLC, you can get it back in shape. Spend some time tending to your garden, getting soil ready for spring blooms and patching up the glaring grass issues that may be keeping your lawn from reaching its full potential. These small improvements will make a big difference when it comes to making an impression on guests who haven’t seen your living space in months.
Create a space for entertainment
You and your guests have spent ample time cooped up inside binging Netflix for far too long. For many, this might be their first outing in months, so make it worth their while. Creating a staple entertainment focal point is a great way to keep the conversation flowing and help guests feel comfortable and excited to spend time in your backyard. For example, you can:
- Fill a bar cart with classic cocktail ingredients and play bartender for your friends.
- Set up an outdoor theater with a projector and cozy throw pillows and blankets.
- Wine and dine with the first outdoor grilling session of the season.
The opportunities to entertain are endless. Use your creativity and personal preference to create a memorable experience for your guests.
Prioritize ample seating options for guests
When you’re gathering with people who don’t reside in your household, you should still keep social distancing best practices in mind. Seating should be a top priority this time of year and making sure you have more than one space to gather is a must during these strange times.
A good rule of thumb is to have a space for relaxation, and another space for dining. A wrap-around sectional outdoor sofa is an excellent option for encouraging conversation. A long dining table with ample seating ensures you can still have gatherings without people feeling cramped or claustrophobic.
Take care of the front yard, too
Just because you plan on spending most of your time in the backyard, that doesn’t mean the front of your home should be ignored. This is where the first impression takes place — if guests see an outdoor space that hasn’t been tended all year, they may have second thoughts on your ability to prepare the back patio for entertainment purposes. Give them the right impression and make them feel good the second they arrive on your property so they’re excited to check out the backyard space and settle in for a good time.
Don’t take on the project alone — call Decorating Den Interiors
Spring is here and there’s no better time to get your patio in top shape than now. If you’re struggling to create a space that allows you to invite your closest friends and family members over for a small gathering, don’t put the pressure on yourself to tackle the project alone. Call Decorating Den Interiors instead!
One of our trusted, knowledgeable decorating experts can come to your home for a free consultation. Here, he or she will assess your outdoor living space, go over your end goals and develop a game plan to create the perfect oasis in the comfort of your own backyard. Once you get the ball rolling, you can collaborate with your personal decorator until the project is complete.
So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of the season in all of its glory by arranging your consultation with Decorating Den Interiors today.