Now is the time to make sure that your outdoor entertaining area is ready for the upcoming season. As the weather warms, more people will head outside to spend time with their friends and loved ones. However, it’s no secret that making your backyard look like the great outdoor oasis you’ve always dreamed of can cost a pretty penny, but it doesn’t have to. You can update your entertaining outdoor space for warm-weather gatherings without breaking the bank by using a few smart tricks and tips.

Start With a Deep Clean and Declutter 

There’s no helping it; even if most of your outdoor area was covered for the winter months, there is likely some grime and gunk that needs to be removed before you can enjoy the space. Spend a weekend deep cleaning the area and removing any clutter gathered over the winter. Consider it a spring clean for your fabulous soirees.

Starting with a blank canvas is easier to work with when redecorating and updating your area. Once you have everything sparkly and fresh, you can move on to refreshing the color.

Have a Paint Party With Your People 

No one likes to paint; it’s true. The best way to get your outdoor painting done without feeling resentful when you see everyone enjoying your hard work later is to hold a paint party. Paint parties are typically fueled by drinks and food provided by you in return for free labor by your friends and loved ones.

You provide the paint, supplies, food based on nutrition by age, and drink, and they will provide the labor to finish a fresh paint job. One important thing to keep in mind is that your core support group likely does not double as professional painters. Give them grace and either be prepared to tidy up the job after they leave or accept a few flaws in the work.

Choose Modern Yet Comfortable Furniture

As the paint dries, you can take some time to prop your feet up and search the internet for deals on the patio or outdoor furniture. Modern, streamlined furniture can make an outdoor space feel fancy without too much additional work. Check the reviews to see how comfortable the furniture is; modern doesn’t mean much if the chairs are so uncomfortable, no one will sit in them.

Source Lighting for Your Main Purpose 

How do you envision spending most of your time outdoors? Whatever that is, choose lighting that matches your needs. Some people know that they hate to eat outdoors, so rope or string lights will likely provide enough light for them. For people who do like to grill, additional task lighting is necessary. Spotlights or aptly placed solar lights will be effective in helping the chef determine what exactly they are examining and when to remove it from the fire.

Go Green With Plants and Planters

Many people take greenspaces for granted. However, not every outdoor space is blessed with grass and abundant greenery. To solve this lack of lush plant life, you can shop for planters that fit your aesthetic and outdoor plants that will last the season long.

If you want to continue caring for your plants, check to see if they will thrive indoors throughout the seasons past just the one season.

  • Perennial 
  • Pet friendly 
  • Sunlight 
  • Temperature 
  • Easy care
  • Hardy

Accessorize for a Unique Ambience 

Once you have your furniture, lighting, and plants set up for a gorgeous outdoor area, add a  few more touches to make it your own. You can accessorize accordingly to bring your indoor design style through to the outside, or you can make it a space all its own.

  • Blankets
  • Pillows 
  • Candles 
  • Trays 
  • Accent tables 
  • Rugs 

Regardless of your budget, you can choose from just one update to all the glow-ups to make your outdoor area entertaining and ready for the warmer weather and eager friends and family. Small changes make significant impacts, even if it’s just cleaning and decluttering and adding a few outdoor pillows and plants to your setup.