Pop quiz: how are you reading this article? Perched over your laptop? Cradling your smartphone or tablet? As a culture we are becoming steadily more obsessed with technology, and with all this scientific advancement comes a tendency for us, and especially our kiddos, to stay indoors.
Don’t let your beautiful patio go to waste — we’ve compiled our five favorite outdoor pastimes so you can spend some quality bonding time with your family or your close friends while soaking in the simple splendor of the great outdoors.
Girls’ Night – With Cocktails
A loud, overpriced bar isn’t the most fun place to let the good times roll — instead, start planning a monthly girls’ night in the comfort of your own backyard, and try a different cocktail recipe each time to keep things fresh. Your closest gal pals will be cozy in the POLYWOOD® Vineyard Conversation Set. The comfy seat cushions covered in durable Sunbrella® fabric will provide plenty of support for hours on end.
Start off your girls’ night tradition with a bang — try the delectable Pink Lady Cocktail to get the conversation flowing, or a Chocolate Martini if you have a sweet tooth. Don’t worry if you spill a cocktail over the course of the evening: simply mix 1/4 cup of mild soap with a gallon of water and gently wash with a cloth rag.
Unplug With the Family
One of the easiest ways to go wire-free is to bring the living room outside! Outfit your back porch with a casual yet durable Harbour Outdoor Living Set and relocate your toys and trinkets to storage nearby. The POLYWOOD Color-Stay Technology will protect our HDPE material against fading, even when exposed to sunlight.
Depending on the age of your children and the size of your family there are endless fun games and activities that benefit from an open outdoor layout. You could play a new board game, practice coloring with your young ones, or teach your tots how to read some classic children’s books.
There are few pastimes more revered than making everyone’s favorite fireside treat.
Introduce your family to new variations of the American snack to put a smile on their faces. In the summer heat maybe you’ll go for a s’mores ice cream sandwich, made in the same general method plus one important ingredient: chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream! Get the recipe. If you’re a true chocolate chip fanatic you can even switch out the graham crackers for chocolate chip cookies.
Outdoor Dinner Party
When the weather warms up every evening is an opportunity to dine outside. With the Vineyard Adirondack Dining Set you can entertain up to eight people in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of space for appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The square shape of the table makes sure that, even with large groups, your guests can engage in conversation with anyone at the table.
Keep the pests and flies away from your food by installing a bug lantern some distance away from your dining set. Another method of eliminating bugs is to light several tiki torches around your dining area — the smoke scares away pests. Depending on where your setup is situated you also may want to install a couple of our Tilt Umbrellas so everyone isn’t squinting through sunset.
Breakfast by the Lake
If your property includes an ocean view or a natural lake or pond start your breakfast with a view!
Whip up an easy recipe in the kitchen and serve the morning meal by the water to awaken the senses. You can keep breakfast light, refreshing, and irresistibly fruity by making some simple blueberry smoothies. Or, if you like hearty meals read our post about entertaining with Belgian waffles! Choose between sweet and savory options and watch your family scarf down your creation.
Don’t have a designated breakfast space yet? Go with the Vineyard Adirondack Bar Set for a laidback and intimate meal. The similar Palm Coast Bar Set provides a slightly straighter back for a relaxed breakfast that won’t result in an extended morning nap!
Durable, weather resistant POLYWOOD Furniture provides the ideal setting for your outdoor entertainment. Browse our collections to find the right fit for your patio, deck, or poolside space.
Not sure what pieces would be best-suited for your home? Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll have your family spending less time on their screens before you know it!