After several long months of cold, summer is finally here and that means longer days, nicer weather and warmer temperatures. This kind of weather is best enjoyed with friends outdoors, whether at the beach, park or in your back patio. Summer is known as the season for backyard parties and barbecues; however, as excited as we are to break out the new BBQ grill, our patios look drab and uninviting after months without attention. Sweeping up the leaves, pressure washing the concrete and general clean-up is the first step to getting your patio ready for a summer soiree, but if you really want to transform your space into the ultimate party area, you’re going to need to do a little more. Thankfully, there’s still plenty of time to spruce up your space before the first get-together of the season. Here are 15 tips for turning your patio into a party-friendly paradise.
DO SOME YARD WORK
The first step in getting your patio ready for summer parties and get-togethers is to do some yard work. After months with little to no attention because of the cold, our backyards and patios tend to need a little extra TLC when the weather changes. Fortunately, with proper care, you can transform your lawn into a great-looking space—and bragging rights for the rest of the season. There are plenty of backyard improvement projects you can take on to improve the look of your yard.
1. Clean Up After Pets
Start with cleaning up after your dogs, cats, rabbits or any other pets you have running around in your yard. The last thing you want is for your party to come to a screeching halt because one of your guests stepped in something accidentally.
2. Get Rid of Ants
If you have any ant hills in your yard, get rid of them. It won’t matter how great your backyard looks if it’s covered in ant hills and, again, you wouldn’t want one of your guests to accidentally step in one. There are a variety of products that you can buy at any store to kill fire ants, as well as natural methods to get rid of ant hills that don’t use any form of pesticide.
3. Put Away Toys
If you have kids at home, make sure to put away any toys that may be scattered across the lawn and patio area so your backyard doesn’t look cluttered. This will also prevent one of your guests from tripping over and falling because they didn’t see the tricycle or plastic toy truck lying in the grass.
4. Pick Up Trash
If you’re going to be inviting people over to your home for an outdoor get-together, then it’s important that your space be as clean and presentable as possible. You don’t want your guests being distracted by sticky popsicle sticks and snack wrappers stuck to patio cushions and strewn on the floor, so take some time to pick up any trash that may be lingering in your space.
5. Hide Items Out of View
Depending on when the first party of the season is scheduled, there may be no time to make repairs to a damaged fence or wall. Instead, you can simply hide those issues for now until you have the time to fix them. For a quick fix, you can buy rolls of reed or bamboo fencing (available at any large home improvement store) and attach it to your existing fence or wall. Make sure to move garbage cans, lawn tools and any other clutter to a corner of your yard where they will be out of sight. You can also block that space using reed or bamboo fencing to hide it even better.
6. Care for Your Lawn
If you have natural grass, you probably know that edging it can make a huge difference in your lawn’s appearance. Edging is a relatively simple task that doesn’t take much time, but can make a huge impact. Pull out any large weeds and for small weeds that are difficult to remove, try hiding them by covering them with mulch, bark or wood chips.
7. Add Plants
Adding plants to your backyard is a great way to turn it into a more beautiful and vibrant space. You can go to any home improvement store or garden center and buy hanging planters and pre-potted flowers and plants for as little as $15. You can dig holes in the ground to place your pre-potted plants or replace the containers they came in with decorative pots and planters. Either way, adding plants to your yard is an easy and quick way to add some color and life to your outdoor entertainment area.
MAKE UPDATES TO YOUR PATIO
Having a patio in your backyard is great, but like any area of the home, it will eventually need some updates. Patio maintenance is another important step in creating a party-ready space. After all, an old and outdated patio is not one you or your friends will want to spend time in.
8. Make Repairs
Cracks, chips and fading are just some of the issues that can occur as your patio ages. To keep your patio looking great, it’s important to make repairs as soon as you see them. This is especially true for concrete patios, where even a small crack can grow very quickly if not tended to.
9. Pull Out Weeds
One of the most common problems with patios is weeds that grow between the bricks or cracks in the cement, which can make your patio look seriously outdated and unkempt. You can easily pull out tall weeds yourself or purchase a weed killer at any home improvement store. If your patio has become overgrown with weeds and it’s too much for you to handle on your own, you can always contact a landscaping professional who can help.
10. Pressure Wash
Rain, sunlight and other elements can really take a toll on your patio, as well as the general wear and tear from foot traffic. Stains are another common problem. Fortunately, with the help of a pressure washer, you can get your patio looking good as new again. If you have the equipment on hand, this is a simple task that can be completed in just a few hours—just remember to make any necessary repairs before you start.
UPGRADE YOUR DECOR
The final step in getting your patio ready for summertime fun is to upgrade your decor. After months of no attention, your patio decor could probably use a facelift. There are plenty of options that will really make a statement and turn your space into an enjoyable one for you and your guests.
11. Add Lighting
With summer comes much longer days, but if you plan on hosting get-togethers in your backyard into the evening, then you’re going to need to add outdoor lighting to your patio. In fact, no outdoor space is really complete without good lighting. Patio lights can have a huge impact on the entire look and feel of your space. They can create a cool and relaxing ambiance that’s perfect for lounging, but are also functional and allow you and your guests to see when the sun goes down but the party’s still going. There are a variety of options available that depend entirely on your space and your desired style. For an extra touch, consider buying string lights and stringing them along your fence or bushes.
12. Install Ceiling Fans
It can get pretty hot in the summer—even in the evenings—and if you want your guests to be comfortable, then you’ll need to take measures to keep them cool while they’re enjoying themselves in your patio. Outdoor ceiling fans are the perfect solution for cooling down your space. While they won’t necessarily lower the temperature in your patio, an outdoor ceiling fan can help circulate the air and create a cool breeze, making the space feel much more comfortable overall. When it comes to shopping for outdoor fans, there are a few things you’ll need to consider.
Pictured: Modern Forms Nautilus 56”
First, determine whether you’ll need a wet-rated or damp-rated ceiling fan. While both types of outdoor ceiling fans can be installed outside, only wet-rated fans can be directly exposed to rain. This means that they can be installed anywhere, whether the area is covered or not. On the other hand, damp-rated fans can only be installed in dry or damp areas and must be covered. If you’re not sure which one to choose, your safest bet is to select a wet-rated ceiling fan.
Next, you’ll need to decide how many ceiling fans you’ll need, what size will work best for your space and whether you want it to come with a lighting kit or not. One of the best things about ceiling fans in this day and age is that there are so many different styles and options to choose from that will effectively cool your space and complement your patio decor.
13. Update Patio Furniture
If you plan on doing a lot of outdoor entertaining this summer, then you should invest in new patio furniture. Without it, you and your guests will probably not want to spend much time outside. The best patios (especially for parties) have a ton of seating, so make sure there’s enough for you and all your guests. If you have limited patio space, buy a few patio chairs and a small table that will be easy to rearrange. Buying new patio furniture can be an expensive investment. If you don’t have the budget for new furniture this year, you can make quick updates to your existing furniture at very little cost. All you need is some paint or stain and you’ll be able to improve the visual appeal of your furniture instantly.
14. Buy an Area Rug
If you really want to pull your patio together, buy an area rug. Area rugs actually have a lot of design power as focal points in a room. Plus, they offer a number of benefits that you may not have realized. Not only do they provide comfort for you and your guests, but they can also protect your floor from damage and the general wear and tear that results from constant foot traffic. What’s more, if you didn’t have time to make repairs to your patio floor, area rugs can help cover up any damage that you don’t want your guests to see. If you’re looking for a fast and simple way to update your patio, an area rug is a simple solution. There are endless options to choose from, so make sure you select an area rug that works well with the rest of your patio decor. Add a few new outdoor cushions and pillows and you’ve given your patio an easy makeover!
15. Install a Pergola
When you want to add a touch of elegance to your patio space, consider having a pergola installed. These structures can be placed over your patio or another area of your backyard to provide a little bit of shade from the sun and a serene space for you and your guests to relax. Pergolas are a huge investment, but they offer a ton of benefits and can even dramatically increase the value of your home should you want to sell it in the future.
A patio is a great feature to have in any backyard and with a few updates and some tender love and care, you can turn your patio into a party patio paradise.
If you need help with selecting lighting, ceiling fans or a variety of other decor items for your patio and you aren’t sure where to start, contact Hansen Wholesale. We’ll put you in touch with an expert who will be able to answer all your questions and help you choose the perfect products for your specific needs.