Tips To Use Your Patio For Holiday Parties

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 9.31.16 AMThe colder temperatures that are synonymous with the holiday season can make it less comfortable for patio lovers to entertain outdoors. However, with proper preparation, a bit of creativity and the entertaining tips below, you will be able to make the space warmer and continue to host parties during the holidays.

Fire Features. There is no better way to bring heat to your patio holiday party than with a fire feature. There is the option of using temporary or permanent fire pits of fireplaces to keep guests warm.

Fire Pits. Fire pits are more budget friendly and can be strategically placed around the patio to maximize comfort. The portable ones can be brought in when needed and can immediately warm up the patio. One or more permanent fire pits can be ignited before the party to ensure the space is warm and comfortable for arriving guests. For homeowners who are concerned about the visual impact of the landscape design, the better option is permanent fire pits. They can be professionally built to complement the overall landscape design.

Fireplaces. Outdoor fireplaces are great additions to any outdoor holiday party. Not only are they highly functional, they can serve as the centerpiece for the entire backyard. There structures are visually appealing and will bring warmth and great vibes to your celebrations. This option is more expensive than fire pits; however, it also offers a lot more in terms of function and visual impact. A professionally designed outdoor fireplace, which complements the patio or other landscaping features is ideal if it falls within your budget.

You can also visually warm up the patio by decorating with upholstered cushions, blankets and pillows in vibrant holiday colors. In addition, you could consider using a rug to add to the warmth and coziness of the patio.

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Simple Tips For Hosting A Tailgate Party On Your Patio

23307793_lPatios are great places to entertain. You can hold a variety of parties including a tailgate party during football season. With the right game to broadcast, equipment and enthusiasm, you can have a wonderful championship party by following a few easy tailgating tips.

  1. The outdoor theater set up has to be large enough for optimal viewing by many people. There are now waterproof televisions you can rent for outdoor entertaining.
  2. You need to have lots of comfortable seating for your guests. In addition to folding chairs and stools, you can use oversized pillows and cushions, benches, and even a sofa.
  3. At a backyard tailgate party you can have traditional foods such as burgers and hot dogs, or anything else you want such as ribs, chili, or soup. As long as you have enough food to sustain your guests, the type of food really will not matter.
  4. You can ask guests to bring their favorite tailgate appetizers or finger foods to share so people have a wider range of foods to sample.
  5. If you are using a grill, you can ask a few guests to take shifts manning the grill so you do not spend all your time cooking.
  6. In case of sudden bad weather, you need to have a contingency plan. If it starts to rain, you can move the party indoors or have a large tent ready to put up. If the temperature turns chilly, a space heater or fire pit can warm up guests. You can also pass out blankets or throws to keep guests cozy.

A backyard tailgating party can be lots of fun if you plan it well. With the right mix of people, food, and comfort, you patio tailgate party could be legendary.

When you are ready to redesign your outdoor living space, contact Hidden Creek Landscaping for ideas, installation and maintenance.

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Tips To Creating A Landscape Design For Family and Friends

Tips To Creating A Landscape DesignWhen homeowners are working on a landscape design, it’s important to consider family and friends. Not only should the design be suitable for everyone who lives in the home, but it should also provide a welcoming atmosphere for guests who visit frequently. Here are some simple landscape tips that will allow you to create a design that accommodates everyone:

Designate an area for entertaining.

Outdoor lovers who enjoy hosting gatherings with loved ones will want to make sure that they create a comfortable entertaining area. Make the entertaining space an extension of the home’s interior by using furniture to make areas for dining and relaxing. Add outdoor sofas, tables, chairs, and perhaps even an outdoor bar where guests can gather for drinks.

To achieve a comfortable spot for dining and entertaining, it’s necessary to have a paved patio or a deck. You can use concrete or patio pavers to designate a flat surface area. If you opt for a deck, you can use wood or composite materials. Consider the benefits of each, and decide which one will be more suitable and budget-friendly for your home.

Make a place for play.

Families with young kids should leave some open space in the landscape plan. There should be a place for play, whether it’s used for tossing a ball, playing soccer, or even adding a play set for kids to enjoy. Even adults can benefit from open space, where outdoor games like horseshoes can be enjoyed.

If you are working with a smaller yard, consider keeping the plants restricted to the periphery, leaving the rest of the lawn open. This will allow you to add decorative landscaping that will beautify and enhance the curb appeal of the home, but will still leave space for kids to run around freely. Keep flower beds confined to out of the way areas so that there’s less of a chance that flowers will get trampled.

When planning the landscape design for your home, don’t forget to consider the needs and desired of family members. If you enjoy entertaining, make comfortable areas that are accommodating to friends and relatives of all ages. Your home can be a place where everyone enjoys getting together.

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How To Use Your Patio For Holiday Parties

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 11.30.43 AMHaving family and friends over for holiday parties is a great way to enjoy the season. However, you don’t have to stay cooped up indoors when you have a beautiful outdoor living area. Here’s a few tips on how to use your patio over the holidays:

Creating a Cozy Atmosphere. While it may be cold outside during the winter holidays, there are still many guests who enjoy taking some time outdoors on the patio. Create a cozy and inviting atmosphere by utilizing a heat source. There are several great options that will not only keep the temperature warmer, but also serve as a decorative feature and focal point. You can use a simple fire pit, install an attractive outdoor fireplace, or even use a sleek heat lamp. Leave some warm fleece and flannel blankets around on seats so that guests can grab one and warm up.

Warm Drinks and Hearty Dishes. Food and drinks for an outdoor gathering in the winter should be warm and hearty. Not only should they fill guests up, but they should help to keep them warm. Set up a small bar with liquors like whiskey and Irish cream. You can also set out labeled thermoses with hot chocolate and coffee. For food options, stick to soups, chili, and cheese and chocolate fondues. If you have a fire pit or fireplace lit, be sure to have marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate so that guests can make s’mores.

Maintaining The Landscaping In The Winter. One of the nice things about the winter season is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time tending to your property’s landscaping. The colder temperatures give you the chance to take a break from mowing the lawn, but you still want to maintain the overall look and quality of your property. Don’t completely ignore the landscaping, but rather, add plant life that will bring the right colors and textures to the season. It will help add charm to your patio area and add beauty.

Throwing holiday parties on the patio allows your guests to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. By focusing on their comfort, you can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

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