Homeowners with spacious backyards, decks, and patios are counting down the days until the entire family can pack their schedule full of frolicking fun in the sun. Getting the most out of your yard isn’t rocket science, but by planning ahead and a little inspiration you can furnish your spaces with durable POLYWOOD® outdoor furniture for any occasion.
Outdoor Fun Ideas
As you begin to brainstorm activities to do in your backyard and on your porch consider how to utilize the spaces you already have, and how you can accent part of your yard with a few key furniture pieces:
Throw a Garden Party
For a child the simple pleasures of flowers in the garden and the shrubs around the oak tree inspire imagined fairy tales and dreams of adventure. While your kids are young enough to be enthralled with the pure joy of being outdoors throw a quaint garden tea party in the safety of your backyard.
Throwing together a fun garden party is a breeze. Bake some scones, cut the crust off of some sandwiches, and boil a batch of tea for your kids to try. Dress up in floral dresses and bow ties and stretch out on chaise lounges or curl up on an oversized picnic blanket.
If one of your children is having a birthday just add a piñata for an instantly themed outdoor celebration. For an adult-oriented garden party situate a dining set along the border of your yard and whip up a refreshing batch of summer cocktails. The floral dresses and bow ties remain, of course! In fact, we’ve written an entire guide explaining how to host the perfect garden party with a Chippendale 5-Piece Dining Set.
Play A Yard Game
This may seem like cheating, but there are countless fun games you can play with your children that only require basic equipment and an open stretch of grass. The following games are ideal for wide open backyards without many structural encroachments or furniture pieces.
Pick up a croquet set at your local sporting goods store and introduce your kids to the popular mallet-and-ball yard game that’s been a hit since the 1800s. You can also choose to spend even less money on equipment and host sack races across the lawn — all you need are some old potato sacks or large pillow cases to have a makeshift family Olympics.
Have a Barbecue
This is a cornerstone of outdoor entertainment for a reason. In the summer, few activities can offer more than the scrumptious food and maximum relaxation of a backyard barbecue. Any yard can serve as a barbecue headquarters with some simple additions. If you are more of a “burgers and hot dogs once a month” cook you can buy a gas grill and call it a day. If you prefer to go all-out plan a full kitchen on your deck or patio.
If you want to use your yard as a shrine to charred meats and corn-on-the-cob it’s crucial to invest in enough dining space to fit the amount of guests you anticipate. For a family of five blend rustic charm and contoured comfort by choosing an option like the Modern Adirondack 6-Piece Rustic Farmhouse Dining Set. If only you and your partner will be enjoying the spoils of your cooking prowess you can extend a stone counter off of your grill and add a couple of bar- or counter-height chairs.
Screen a Movie
Who doesn’t love the latest Pixar movie or action flick? Your backyard will be the envy of the entire neighborhood if you transform part of your backyard into an outdoor movie theater. There are many factors to consider, like if you should use a projector and screen combo or invest in an outdoor-optimized television. Luckily you can consult our outdoor home theater guide to get your backyard looking cinematic in no time.
Add style and comfort to your outdoor screening area with a Braxton 5-Piece Deep Seating Set. The plush, fast-drying cushions are designed for outdoor use, so you don’t have to panic if your outdoor living room setup gets blasted with rain in between screenings. Going with a casual deep seating group keeps you comfy for viewing marathons and provides lots of end tables for popcorn and soda.
Build a Teepee
Don’t have a fancy playhouse in your backyard? Who needs it! Get your kids involved in a fun construction project by gathering wood and building a teepee in your backyard. Other supplies you’ll need include a drop cloth, scissors, and cord or rope. Learn how to build a teepee in your backyard so the project goes smoothly.
You can also use the activity as an educational opportunity to teach your kids about Native American culture and traditions. Your local library is a great resource for books about the Native American experience. Here’s a great list from Brightly to get you started. Have some snacks and lemonade ready for when you finish building your backyard teepee. You and the kiddos may be exhausted!
Host a Board Game Night
Board games are a blast for people of all ages. Thrill your kids with a variety of the most popular board games like Scrabble, Sequence, Pandemic, and Clue. Bake a fresh batch of cookies and light the outdoor lamps to keep the party going all night long. Just don’t forget the bug spray! For adults a few appetizers and a rousing game of Settlers of Catan can provide hours of maddening fun.
The only piece of furniture needed for an outdoor board game night is a tabletop for the boards. Sit on outdoor cushions and gather around a large coffee table or settle into a supportive outdoor dining set to really focus on the game.
Once you open Pandora’s box you’ll be flooded with ideas to keep the family outdoors all spring and summer long. Ensure they are comfortable by choosing durable, weatherproof POLYWOOD furniture built to last a generation.