Although the weather is still cold in most parts of the United States, it is never too early to begin planning for your next year's yard updates and improvements. As soon as the snow and ice begin to thaw in spring, you can get busy on making plans to turn your backyard into a great location for get-togethers and parties. Here are some recommendations to add to your yard—no matter its size—to make it worthy of a party.
Install a Fire Pit
One of the best things you can add to your backyard is a central focal point that you can use to build your parties around. An outdoor fire pit will provide a relaxing seating area, and the fire provides a visual interest. Then, when the sun goes down or on chilly evenings, a fire pit will provide warmth and comfort to you and your guests. Or, if you want to host a weenie roast or a s'mores party, your fire pit will provide some of the equipment for the event.
When you install and position your fire pit, be sure you follow local regulations and fire codes. You don't want your fire pit to be positioned too close to a tree, shed, fence, or building that may accidentally catch fire. If you hire a professional contractor, they will be able to ensure it is built to these standards.
After you install your fire pit, you will need to add seating around it. The seating you choose can be as simple as a tree log or stone blocks, or you can buy and set up a decorative iron seating arrangement with cushions and pillows. The seating around your gathering place can add comfort to your parties and can help them last long into the night.
Just be sure you clean your furniture each spring to remove dirt and dust buildup. Also be sure to store your outdoor cushions and pillows out of the weather during the winter to help them last longer.
Add a Decorative Arbor
To add more visual interest and a place to provide shade during the summer, you can install or have built a decorative arbor. An arbor in your backyard is a great foundation for growing grape vines or other vine and climbing plants. As these plants grow upon your arbor, they will add more shade to your backyard and will cool the air on the hottest days.