You know how much I love my deck! Spring time means spending time outdoors with friends and family, so having the perfect outdoor space is a must at our home!
Tips For Having The Perfect Outdoor Space
Let’s Put Social Human Interaction back into our lives
I work 8 hour days on my phone, but nothing makes me happier than putting it down and enjoying a grilled meal outdoors with my family or hosting some friends for a cookout!
Human beings are social creatures by nature – we all long to talk, to share, to
interact and to connect with those who are near and dear to us.
Sadly, these connective needs are often trumped by the demands of an ever-quickening pace of life.
I know that too well! That’s why I make a point, to double my efforts to bring that back into our lives!
According to consumer trends research company, Mintel, people are beginning to
look for places and opportunities to switch off, tune out and disconnect.
Mintel says, “Through encouraging people to disconnect and take some time away from the connected world, brands can attract consumers who are feeling like a break
from the norm.”
Just like us! That’s why we created our “oasis” in our own backyard!
I’m actually looking right now at new furniture options like the one below to make our outdoor space even more inviting!
That’s when I came across Great Gatherings and I wanted to share it with you!
GreatGatherings created a retail store that brings the most inspiring
elements of entertaining together in one place so that you can easily visualize and
experience all the unique and exciting ways to “perfect your art of entertaining” in
No other retailer in the D.C. area has the massive inventory like GreatGatherings and, in many cases, exclusive furniture styles so you can create the best gathering spots in or outside any home.
After looking at their furniture and decor items, I could just picture myself unwinding at the end of a work day with a drink and fire going at our own perfect outdoor space!
My second Tip is Let’s Make Our Outdoor Space Inviting For Our Kids
While activities like social media may have made it easier to stay in touch with extended family and friends, it’s actually made it harder for us to create meaningful connections with those we care about the most.
The overabundance, and over-reliance on technology and the obvious adverse health and social effects on Americans is being recognized nationally on a daily basis.
We’re not alone in ringing the alarm bells over the concern of our children’s
health, well-being and their future ability to connect in society as adults.
Silicon Valley parents are reported to be keeping technology from their kids. Even the
billionaire bastions of technology, Bill Gates and Tim Cook, among others, are
limiting the use of their devices and tools within their own homes as a way of
managing a healthy and well-balanced household.
My tip is to make the space inviting by adding speakers for example, where they can play music they like, but we still get to talk and spend time together!
Make it a S’mores Night!
We love adding fruit and other items to our S’mores night, it has become one of our favorite family activities!
We also have endless conversations about who makes the best S’mores!
Toasted, extra crispy or “Snow White” as my son calls it! Mine below is extra crispy! Yes!!! I can almost taste it!
It’s important, though, to have a safe fire pit in your back yard or deck, and , even if you don’t have a green space this is a perfect option for a wooden deck like ours:
If you have children younger than 4, I recommend something like this:
We’re now experiencing the beginning of a counter-cultural movement to
positively impact our children’s health, our families’ health and the health of our
social community overall.
The home is the center of all familial connections and the place for molding and shaping the lives of those most important to us.
To reconnect, one must disconnect. That’s where GreatGatherings, comes in.
It’s important to invite parents and kids
When you just invite kids to “hang out” with your kids or just adults, that is not the best idea for really embracing family fun time!
I usually invite parents and kids, to push kids to hang out outdoors with us!
We often gather around the grill for great chats and custom burgers!
So much fun!
I love it so much, we have two grills to use when we host a larger crowd!
Another Tip I have it’s to make it fun for all!
We have different things in our back yard and home to prevent kids from resorting to going back inside!
Here are some of them:
I must confess, nothing better than taking a break from my work and jumping in the pool on a hot summer day!
Just because moms need me time as well, right ?
Games, Sprinklers & Water Guns
Basketball Hoop or Volleyball Net
That’s definitely a huge hit among teens! Last get together we had, they played for hours!
We even hosted a Dad & Son Game! Can you guess who won?
Guess again! 🙂
Bring the pets to your outdoor space, the kids will come too!
We often put a gate on our deck and bring our dogs out!
My son jumps right in! He loves hanging out with our pups!
My last tip for the perfect outdoor space is: if you build they will come
We opted to have a larger table with more seats and have three seating areas on our 20 x 20 deck, to allow more people to be comfortable when they eat and teens to have their own space to hang out!
We also have a table on the left for the food to be presented, buffet style.
GreatGatherings was created to inspire friends and family to gather more often in
their homes. We believe that every gathering, no matter how large or small, is an
opportunity to create cherished memories that last a lifetime.
They’ve built a place that brings the most inspiring elements of entertaining together in one place so that you can easily visualize and experience all the unique and exciting ways to enjoy “Connecting with Family and Friends.”
At the end of the day, nothing better than putting your feet up and enjoying life with the ones you love!
Day or night, make your outdoor space, the perfect place to make memories and GreatGatherings will be your place to help you make it happen!
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