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Host a Yard Warming

Considerable time, thought, and money went into your new backyard. Naturally, you can’t wait to share your backyard wonder with family and friends. Your yard-warming party can be anything from a casual lounging around the fire pit to an elaborate backyard event. No matter what your plans, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Step Up Your Grilling Game

Most outdoor gatherings revolve around good food and drink, which is ideal for showing off both your grilling skills and new outdoor kitchen. Burgers and dogs work for impromptu gatherings, but to truly mark the occasion, consider a selection of quality marinated cuts. For non-meat-eaters, there are grilled pizza and vegetable kebabs. Don’t be afraid to involve your guests by inviting them to bring a side dish.

Get People Talking

Never underestimate the power of a few simple icebreakers. Like asking a group to get the fire pit going, so they can strike up conversations while building the fire. Traditional backyard games like bocce, corn hole, and horseshoes are always fun, but don’t hold your imagination back. Create simple games with household items. For instance, turn a few upside-down trashcans and a hula hoop into a giant ring toss game.

Keep People Talking

If you want to play music over those outdoor speakers, set the volume low enough so that people can have a conversation without yelling at one another.

Uninvited Guests

If your yard is a bug haven, you will want to take steps to keep them away. Key plants or even a few fans to keep air moving in the eating area can be a big help.


Whether your style is a phone call, email, text, or written invitation, the details matter. Let your guests know if it’s a sit-down meal or if attire matters. Remind them to bring swimsuits if the party includes pool time. Finally, note the start time, meal serving time (if it’s a sit-down), and when the party will be over.

One to Remember

Your yard-warming party is a lot like your dream backyard. The more thought you put into it, the more memorable it will be. Make sure yours will be just as unforgettable as your new backyard.