How to prep your outdoor space for BBQ season

There is nothing better than a roaring fire, good food, and even better friends. Get ready, because days like these are fast approaching! A lot of people started to update their outdoor entertainment spaces when the pandemic hit, which was well worth the investment. If you are planning to host an outdoor gathering soon, check out some of these helpful tips for making sure your event goes off without a hitch!

1. Seating

Make sure your guests feel welcome by having enough seats for everyone. This doesn’t necessarily have to be all in one location. Having options is a great way to encourage people to mingle, move around, and enjoy the entirety of your space. Some people may want to lounge while others are chowing down at the dining table.

2. Cooking 

Prep your cooking spaces so you’re ready to spend the day out there tending the grill. Do you have multiple cooking spaces, like a smoker or firepit? Keep them all ready to go at a moments notice, by cleaning them after every use and having any fuel/kindling you may need.

3. Activities

Not everyone is going to want to relax in the sun and shade. Some are going to want some fun and excitement. Find some outdoor games that work for your space. If you have a large yard, frisbee, or croquet will make use of that space. Bocce or horseshoes pack a lot of punch in smaller spaces. Just remember to always be safe!

4. Landscaping

Aesthetics are always important. You want your space to feel inviting, but still like the outdoors. Make sure your landscaping is taken care of, manicured, and your style. Do you think of yourself as more of a zen rock garden…tropical oasis…english formal garden?  Find your style and go for it! Your guests will appreciate it!

5. Safety

There’s nothing more important than safety. Before inviting others into your home, you’ll want to be sure that the visit will be fun filled…and a trip to the ER is not that fun. If you have a patio, make sure there are no tripping hazards. If you have a deck, make sure the boards are all sturdy. Keep walkways clear and dry. Go through with a fine toothed comb because again SAFETY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!

6. Get excited

A happy host is the best host. You’ve made yourself a fantastic space to enjoy the outdoors on your own or with the people who mean the most to you. Enjoy the time while you can because Winter always comes faster than we want it to.

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