Grilling season is quickly approaching, but is your patio party-ready? These tips for dressing up your deck will have you ready for entertaining this spring, summer, and beyond.
Clean it Up
Cleaning is the simplest way to freshen up outdoor areas. Power wash your patio or deck to remove dirt, debris, and mildew that have built up over the winter. For furniture, combine a teaspoon each of liquid dish detergent and Borax in a spray bottle with 1 quart of warm water. Spray down furniture and cushions, let set for 15 minutes, then rinse. This not only helps furniture look its best during grilling season, but also lengthens its life.
This is also the time to inventory your supplies: are you in need of a new grill or grilling accessories? Stock up now for a successful start to summer.
The right lighting warms up any gathering while extending the functionality of your patio into the evening hours. Candles, lanterns, and twinkle lights all imbue your patio with a gentle glow. Solar products and low-voltage bulbs are a safe and energy-efficient choice.
Give new life to your outdoor entertaining area by incorporating flower boxes and hanging and potted plants for vibrant visual interest. A flowering border around the edges of your patio creates a smooth transition while taller plants offer privacy. Patio accessories, including cushions, umbrellas, and candle holders, are another easy way to add flair to any fete.
For a perfectly peaceful patio environment, consider incorporating a water feature or wind chimes, both of which deliver soothing sounds. For more festive gatherings, look for a wireless portable speaker system designed to pair seamlessly with your mobile device for easy access to all of your favorite tunes.
These quick fixes are designed to take your patio from drab to dazzling while showing off your personal style. And remember: grilling isn’t just a cooking method, it’s a way of life. So show off your personal style with these simple tips.
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