The sweet summer season is knocking on our doors, promising long, lazy days and the great outdoors. As we all seek to make the most of this sunny splendor, there’s a long list of parks, public pools, and other outdoor venues everyone tends to flock to when it gets warm.
If you want to make the most out of your summer but aren’t sold on spending every day looking for a new hot weather venue, it’s time to make the most out of what you have. So let’s lay out a roadmap to transform your backyard into the ultimate summer sanctuary. You’ll be able to spend as much fun time in the sun with your family and friends as you want and make this summer unforgettable without leaving home!
1. Get Wet and Wild Any Way You Can
When it comes to backyard fun, a pool tops the list. It's a personal oasis where you can cool off, exercise, or just float around. If you already have a pool in your backyard, you’re at least halfway to having your own summertime oasis (as long as you don’t forget the colorful pool floats). Unfortunately, not all of us have a pool waiting for us this summer.
If you can’t afford or don’t have space for a full-sized pool, there are many alternatives, like getting a kiddy pool for your children or pets to play in or even just to cool your feet off as you sip a cool drink and enjoy the sun. Sprinkler systems and inflatable water slides attached to your garden hose are also great options!
2. Create the Lush Garden Landscape of Your Dreams
Transforming your backyard into a sanctuary isn't just about fun and games — it's about creating a soothing ambiance. And nothing says tranquility like a beautifully landscaped garden. Start by mowing the lawn and tidying up existing plant beds.
Then, consider adding a mix of perennial flowers for color, shrubs for privacy, and a small tree or two for shade. You can even grow your own herbs or summer veggies, although it’s important to double-check which vegetables are best suited for each season.
Design your garden to be a feast for the senses: colorful to look at, fragrant with summer scents, and teeming with the hum of nature.
3. Make Space To Chill
When the sun is shining bright, we all crave a little shade to kick back and relax. Consider installing a gazebo or pergola for that perfect blend of sun and shade. Add some comfy outdoor furniture, too — think loungers, hammocks, or a swing chair.
This will be your go-to spot for reading, napping, or enjoying a cool drink on hot afternoons. It’s also a great place to retire after a long day of fun in the sun.
4. Keep the Lighting on Point When the Sun Sets
Your summer sanctuary should transition into a cozy, inviting space as the sun sets. Outdoor lighting ensures safety and sets the mood for the night. Fairy lights, lanterns, or even a string of bulbs can cast a magical glow over your backyard.
And for those special nights, a fire pit is ideal, whether you want to add a bit of warmth when the sun goes down, up your ambiance, or even cook. Besides, who can resist a good old-fashioned s'mores session?
5. Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Cookout
Now, let's talk about one of the highlights of summer — outdoor dining. There's nothing like enjoying a meal under the open sky. An outdoor dining set is a great investment for this purpose. And don't forget the BBQ!
Whether you prefer a traditional charcoal grill or a modern gas one, BBQs are a summer staple. They're perfect for a family meal or a casual gathering with friends. Pro tip: a summer cookout isn't just about the food. It's about the experience, so don't forget to put on some music and maybe even kick off a fun yard game!
6. Embrace the Fun and Games of Summer
Summers and games go hand in hand. Whether you're a family with kids or just young at heart, outdoor games are the spice of backyard fun. Classics like frisbee, horseshoes, or badminton are always a hit. How about a friendly water balloon fight to cool off?
Consider lawn games like cornhole or ladder toss if you're planning a gathering. They're easy to set up, fun for all ages, and a surefire way to ignite a little friendly competition.
Fun in the Sun
And just like that, you've created a summer fun sanctuary right in your own backyard. From the inviting pool complete with playful floats to the cozy chill-out zone, delectable BBQ delights, and engaging games — your backyard is now the ultimate destination for summer enjoyment.
The goal is to create a space that invites relaxation, playfulness, and cherished memories. Here's to a summer full of sunny days, starry nights, laughter, and backyard fun. Enjoy your personal summer sanctuary!