Five Ways to Create a Backyard Hangout for This Summer

Five Ways to Create a Backyard Hangout for This Summer
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    Summer is a time to enjoy sunshine and happy times with friends and family members.

    Keep your gatherings relaxed and super local by intentionally designing your backyard with summer hangouts in mind.


It does not have to be expensive or complicated to create a welcoming outdoor environment. Read on for five great ways to create an inviting space in your backyard.

Add Sand

If you have kids, you may want to create a sandy space for them. There are a wide variety of pre-manufactured sandboxes, as well as various do it yourself sandbox designs. If you create your own sandbox, you can add customized features such as a sailboat sandbox with an all weather material sail that protects young sandy folks from the bright rays of the sun. Add some buckets, shovels, and rotating sand wheels, and your kids and their friends will have endless hours of sandy summertime fun beckoning them.

Start a Backyard Garden

Don’t just do a backyard lawn, build a garden. Gardens come in a wide range of styles and sizes, and gardening together is a great way for family members to get some fresh air and connect with each other. Rather than build your garden around your grass, build your grass around your garden. Next, decide on a focus for your garden. Do you want to attract butterflies? Grow food to donate to a charity? Children may love to start a fairy garden, or to play in a sunflower house or bean tepee.

Add Water

Water is a natural looking addition to outdoor spaces, and can be used in many ways, and on many scales. You may decide to add a birdbath, backyard pond, or swimming pool. Even simple rotating sprinklers can be both functional, and fun. How about playing a family round of musical sprinkler, and getting goofy? Have a supply of water balloons handy at all times, and be ready for epic water balloon battles.

Add Comfortable Seating

Install cozy outdoor furniture such as hammocks and rope chairs suspended from tree branches. If you have a patio, you may want to install long benches, or a variety of casual outdoor lounging chairs. Swings add a nice element of motion and fun. Think about putting in tire swings for the kids, and porch swings or gliders for adults. Be sure to have tables nearby to place beverages on, and consider adding some weatherproof outdoor game tables to encourage interaction.

Add a Fire Pit

Fire pits encourage gathering. The crackling noises and dancing flames are inviting. Fire pits are also very versatile and can be used for heat, or for making outdoor food. There are the old standards like hot dogs and s’mores, but there are all kinds of treats to make over the fire. How about roasting some bananas stuffed with brown sugar and butter? Have a family contest to see who can come up with the best fire cooked recipe. Invite some other family friends over and make it an even bigger event!

There are so many ways to encourage a spirit of hospitality and hanging out this summer. Make your backyard the place to be, whether it is for reflection, rest, or youthful festivities.

This post was made with help from the guys at Atlanta Sod Installation, talk to them to coordinate how to make your backyard hang out this summer.



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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.