- Shop for extra seating that can be easily stashed once the party is over. Folding wooden chairs, benches, and garden stools can be stored or repurposed in other parts of the house after the party is over.
- Add a pretty and protective surface to outdoor tabletops with tablecloths. Oilcloths are offered in a variety of patterns and colors and are ideal for easy cleanup.
- Set down the bug spray and keep mosquitoes at bay with beautifully packaged citronella candles. We especially love the classic, subdued elegance of glass votive citronella candles.
Squirrels, love 'em or hate 'em, are easily spotted darting around with their big bushy tails. The problem is that they are usually scampering too fast to catch a good shot. Not the case here, so check out two lil rodents playing what looks to be an impromptu game of leapfrog and learn a lil bit about these animals in the process!
She writes, "I paid my way through college 10 years ago raising and killing chickens and also had laying hens. I wanted to get another batch of layers, but was resigned because a) we have a teeny tiny backyard; and b) my husband isn't much of a farmer."
However, all was not lost. Beth notes, "This spring, I convinced the man who drank a case of Diet Mountain Dew each week when we met (he has thankfully kicked the habit since) to build raised beds and start an organic garden. I gave up on the idea of having chickens, but he took up the cause and was convinced we could fit a small coop next to the garden."
To find out more about Beth and Craig's chicken-raising adventure, and to see how well their chicken coop matches their home, read more
I've recently become a bocce fanatic — I'm even in a league. It's the ultimate social game because anyone of any age or skill level can play. So, when I saw this backyard bocce court at Ceja Vineyards, I nearly died and went to heaven.
I'd kill to have one installed at my house. You can build your own by picking up perimeter and base materials locally and a crushed oyster shell blend from Boccemon for as little as $595, which is still an investment. To have a court professionally built, it could cost between $18,000-$35,000. Yikes, right? For now, I'm happy to play on uneven grass in my backyard or local park. Divits, wet soil, and other natural elements may leave things slightly out of control for the players, but I'm not in it for the competition. Would you like one built at your home?
After Thanksgiving dinner, I love to take a steaming cup of coffee outside and sit in the backyard to reflect on the holiday. My family also often takes a stroll through our neighborhood to work off some of our holiday dinner. Do you spend any time in your backyard or neighborhood after Thanksgiving dinner?
Su Casa member Scolls1583 recently snapped some photos at a friend's beach house party in Boston, and was so impressed she decided to share! She says that the host basically built his backyard area "from the ground up . . . put in a pool, built a bar, and decorated with great furniture."
I'm certainly wowed by this home; it looks like the perfect place to entertain during an endless Summer. Aside from the obvious coveted Summer features (pool and beach), he's set up plenty of comfortable seating for all of his guests, what looks like a firepit or grill (in foreground), a volleyball net (not shown), and a beer pong table. Can anyone say PARTY?! If you're interested in posting pictures of superb pads like this, make sure to join my Su Casa group!
If you've ever dreamed about building a backyard escape, then Debra Prinzing's book Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways is a must-read. The book highlights 28 crave-worthy backyard or backwoods spaces across the US. Whether it's a modest suburban shed that's been turned into a writing space or an elegant gallery created from a renovated boathouse, this book offers much in the way of inspiration to its readers.
To see some gorgeous photos from the book, and to hear more about it, read more
Earlier today, the fabulous lanterns in Justine's backyard inspired me to post a Midday Muse about backyard paradises. Now, my mind is jumping ahead to Summer backyard parties, filled with great barbecue, fun friends, and lively discussions. And what better way to light your friends' conversations than with some beautiful metal lanterns? I've rounded up a few to give you some ideas.