Getting your backyard party ready can seem to be an immense task. BUT you can get all you need to get done to host that outdoor BBQ quickly—and cheaply too.
Most of these tips and ideas can be completed all in one weekend, if you’re up for it.
And why not knock them all out at once?
Then you can celebrate.
With a party.
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1. Clear a Space and Tidy Up the Backyard
This one’s pretty easy—and my recommendation is just to hire someone to do this for you. With a new baby at home we decided to pay someone to come and do our leaves in the fall, and I will never go back. Especially when we can get 12 full bags of leaves from JUST our front yard.
Which took HOURS to rake.
When you hire someone they come in with their leaf blowers and heavy-duty mowers and get the job down in under an hour.
Now that summer is on it’s way, a good yard cleanup will be so worth it. Amazon Home Services or HomeAdvisor are great places to find a professional at an affordable rate.
If you have the time to pick up all the sticks and leaf piles that have accummulated over winter yourself, by all means go for it.
With kids running around and a husband who works long hours,
Now, if you don’t yet have a patio or a deck that’s where you need to start. You could set your space right off the backdoor, which is most logical and most common. Or you could choose an area like one of the back corners of your yard.
There should be at least two separated areas laid out in the space you choose. Casual seating for chit-chat and an area specifically for dining.
Whatever you do, make sure you maintain some sort of balance by offsetting the opposite / adjacent area of your backyard with some landscaping.
If you want easy, go for pea gravel. It can be fairly quick and it’s hard to mess it up. City Farmhouse has a great tutorial on setting up a DIY pea gravel patio. You can check it out here.