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Seven Summertime Outdoor Hosting Necessities

Apr 18, 2023

A group of friends gathered around a table, hosted by the homeowner. Joyful moments as friends come together to enjoy a delightful party at the host's home.

When the days get warmer and the buds start blooming, we know one thing is certain: Summer is right around the corner! And that means it's time to prep and plan for the summer fun that will expand the party zone into your outdoor spaces. In this article, we’ll give you seven summertime necessities that will raise your outdoor hang to the next level. So, let’s get started! 

1. Roll Up Your Sleeves 

First things first! Throughout the year, your home’s outdoor areas can take a serious beating. A buildup of dirt, grime and harsh exposure to the elements can leave surfaces looking less than stellar in the summer sun. A good top-to-bottom cleaning will leave your outdoor space looking fresh, clean and party-ready. 

2. Play in the Dirt 

A landscaping refresh can really make your outdoor spaces pop. Your flower beds provide a perfect opportunity to boost curb appeal, add splashes of color and make your property look generally more polished. However, you don't have to put in weekly hours of work to have the best landscaping on the block. Just make sure your beds are all freshly edged with clean lines, and ensure that the grass gets a good mow once a week or so. 

3. Time to Decorate 

Details matter! To increase the outdoor ambience, refresh your decor by placing area rugs under dining or lounge furniture setups. This can help pull together your cozy outdoor vibe and allow you to add splashes of color. Once you’ve found rugs you like, select throw pillows to play off or contrast the rug’s colors. Next, surround your outdoor living space with containers of flowers in complementary shades, which can add to the bright colorful vibe. Finally, consider a few finishing touches, such as flagstone pathways or outdoor art. 

4. Have a Seat 

Guests will need seating areas to snack, relax and enjoy the summer air. If your backyard or patio is spacious enough, consider creating intimate lounge areas for guests to congregate. Try grouping outdoor sofas, lounge chairs and other seating options for your guests to connect. If your space is on the smaller side, a single seating area should be arranged to ensure that your guests will be encouraged to relax and interact. And it’s not a bad idea to shop for new cushions for your patio furniture every year or two. Need some ideas on the perfect patio setup? Here’s your go-to guide for some perfect outdoor patio arrangements

5. Light the Way 

There are few things you can do that will enhance the ambience more easily and quickly than adding the right lighting. Plus, well-lit porches, patios and walkways will make navigating your yard easier and safer for guests. Easy lighting options like string lights or twinkle lights are relatively inexpensive and emit a soft, warm glow to help create a magical feel to your space. 

 6. Be Prepared 

Take some time at the beginning of the warm season to do an inventory and stock up on party supplies. You’ll want to have plenty of pieces for serving and dining on hand, as well as napkins, utensils and other shindig accoutrements. Having party supplies on hand will take much of the worry out of planning, allowing you to host at a moment’s notice. Make sure to buy enough to stretch your stockpile across many summer gatherings. 

7. Let’s Eat (and Drink)! 

When guests stop by, you want to be able to enjoy their company, not panic about what to serve them. And you definitely don't want your party to come to a halt because you’ve run out of cold refreshments. Invest in cold drink storage and serving equipment, and make sure you have plenty of ice on hand. You may even consider purchasing an additional refrigerator or freezer, and placing it in your garage or on your covered patio. While you’re at it, stock your freezer and pantry with plenty of easy-to-serve items that can be prepped in minutes. Finally, make sure to have a good variety of food and drink choices on hand — and keep them stocked all season long. 

How Acima Leasing Can Help 

If any of this seems daunting, it shouldn’t! Summer is supposed to be fun, and we’re here to help. Acima Leasing's lease-to-own solutions* can make the sweet escape into your backyard this summer much easier. With Acima Leasing, you can shop for comfy patio furniture and all kinds of other items that will ensure your summertime hangs are fun and memorable — all without using credit*. Even better, we offer a lease renewal payments* that works for you and your lifestyle. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get this summer going!