Boomers, just because you’re not 20 anymore doesn’t mean that you can’t be chic, fun, and a little wild. Quite the contrary, you’re living out the best years of your life, and the last thing you want to do is to come off like a tired old person that’s lost their flair – to yourself, or your friends and family.
And we all know that one of the best ways to showcase your quirky and interesting side in your domain is to entertain guests in your backyard when then the sun is shining brightly and the weather is just perfect for some outdoor fun and relaxation. With that in mind, here’s how you can transform your backyard from “calm and quiet” to the party central of the neighborhood.
It all begins with a beautiful garden
A backyard is only as aesthetic as its flower garden, which is why your first order of business is to plant beautiful florae along its edges for that dash of chic and vibrancy. Don’t worry, this won’t portray you as a dull old boomer, quite the contrary, it will give your backyard a much-needed note of sophistication and aesthetic appeal that will set the stage for all other accents and decor elements down the line.
What’s more, if you complement your floral arrangements with some ornate high-rise greenery, you will easily introduce that “natural oasis” vibe into the mix that every guest will love. Greenery can also act as natural shade and wind breakers, so it’s kind of a win-win.
A real party deserves a bar and a kitchen
No matter if you’re throwing a casual get-together, a birthday party for the grandkids, or celebrating your very own golden anniversary with your significant other, having an outdoor kitchen will be essential for throwing the event of the season. There are two ways you can approach this: creating an al fresco kitchen and bar, or eliminating the barrier between your indoor kitchen and the backyard.
Both options offer amazing benefits in terms of functionality and aesthetics, and there is not a single soul that doesn’t appreciate a beautiful al fresco grilling and dining experience. If you’re set on throwing a real party, though, then a fully-stocked outdoor bar will be an amazing addition to the entire shebang. Hire a professional bartender for the night and you’re all set!
Throw fun and cool into the mix
As if the aforementioned elements weren’t cool enough, this next one is bound to put you on the throne as the coolest boomer in town. Water features in a backyard are always amazing additions when it comes to aesthetics, but instead of investing in a boring overly-posh fountain you don’t need, you want to introduce something that supports health, relaxation, and unadulterated fun.
Usually, this will be something like a pool, or better yet, consider introducing quality swim spas into the mix that can serve a multitude of purposes. When the kids are visiting, use it for swimming and playing, and when you want to spend quality time with your partner, use it for rest and relaxation. What’s more, a swim spa is the ultimate water feature when you just want to relax with a favorite book in hand.
Complement the setting with an inviting seating area
Of course, a fun backyard cannot be complete without a grand seating arrangement to accommodate all of your guests. The seating area can be designed in numerous ways, but only two stand out as the most popular options.
You can choose to pave the road leading to a center-stage seating area in the middle of the backyard, surrounded by greenery and flowers, or you can choose to keep the seating on the patio in order to leave enough room on the grass for sports and lawn games. If you’re truly the party boomer you claim to be, you will choose the latter option.
Keep the center free of clutter
Lastly, the middle of the backyard should be reserved for some true unadulterated fun, so don’t clutter it with decor, just bring in the necessities to kick-start some friendly lawn competitions. You can build an obstacle course for the grandkids to test their skills, or you can leave the space completely bare to allow your guests to compete in ladder tosses, cornhole, giant Jenga, badminton, or just throw the ball around without a care in the world.
Getting older doesn’t mean you can’t retain the title of a fun boomer everyone wants to be around. Quite the contrary, with these five tips on backyard styling, you will have no problem creating a fun, beautiful, and restorative backyard every guest will adore.
This post was graciously provided by Cooper Klein. Cooper is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for Smoothdecorator and several other sites. You can find him on Twitter.