Summer is the perfect time to relax in the open air and bask in the comfortable evenings that come after a scorching day. Gatherings are even more fun in the lower temperatures of the evening hours. It's a time for loved ones to gather and enjoy a stress-free time together. There are great ways to transform your backyard into a great entertainment area without going over budget. Here are some suggestions to help you get the best out of the summer evenings to come.

Clean out the area outside. Space is the focus here, so take the time to rummage through the garden tools, garbage, and miscellaneous stuff that's scattered in your back yard. A cabinet with doors, a tool rack, or a large storage bin are all perfect ways to store what you'll keep and keep what you need in an easy-to-reach place. Once the area has been cleaned and you have more space to work with, get out the electric mower, cut the grass and edge it to create a neat and tidy palette for your surroundings. A well-kept yard gives the impression of order and organization and is key to any party space.

Now that the outside area is well-organized, decide where everyone will sit. If you don't have patio furniture, consider buying some at a yard sale or thrift store and making it look like new by adding some new pillows and repainting with some rust-repelling spray paint. You can get much more value for your money of furniture for only a few dollars and then change it into something you'll be proud to show off. If you don't have a cover in your backyard, consider leasing or purchasing a gazebo to make shade for your guests. They are like extra outside rooms and have paneled doors that simply pull open to invite guests to sit down and visit. They can also serve to keep the bugs out if you choose to serve the food inside the gazebo.

Food and drinks are some of the best parts of outdoor get-togethers. Lemonade with frozen cubes of strawberry puree is a great way to add a flavorful twist to plain lemonade. You can also freeze fruit punch into cubes and serve it with ice-cold lemon-lime soda for a tart and tangy twist on a classic summer beverage!

When the evening arrives, the mosquitoes and moths come out, so consider buying the best insect repellent you can find to enjoy more time after the sun goes down. They can really eliminate or repel the pesky bugs and improve your outdoor environment for you and your guests. Additionally, if you don't have one already, you can buy an implement to keep a fire going outside for less than $200 from a local discount store. Search online for classified ads by individuals wanting to sell their outdoor items in good condition, because they're moving or redecorating. This is a perfect way to get something you need for up to 90% less than buying them brand-new from a store. As a suggestion, try putting up some lights outside to bring an added bit of sparkle to your evening party!

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Fran Swift provides resources with regard to patio and garden topics; she gives tips about choosing gardening tools, lawnmovers, abd many other topics.