Get Your Backyard Ready For Canadian Summer BBQs

The warm weather and long days full of sun are already here. Have you gotten your backyard ready? Even if you’ve power-washed the patio and busted out the barbecue, there are still tons of creative things you can do to take your backyard to the next level this summer. Your place will turn into the centre of your family and friends’ social lives with some of these backyard improvements.

Build a Murphy Bar

If you’re feeling handy, you can build a Murphy bar in your backyard that folds up when you’re done to protect bottles and glassware. Just like a Murphy bed, you can tuck it neatly away when you’re not entertaining and protect the contents from the elements. Invest in some metal barstools that you can arrange around the bar and a small cutting board for getting lemon and lime garnishes ready. Stock the bar with rum, tequila, gin, and all the essentials for summer cocktails like margaritas and mojitos.

Cooking with a Fire Pit

A fire pit is a great addition to your backyard in the city. You don’t need to get away to Muskoka in order to enjoy a camp fire with roasted marshmallows. But if you’re feeling ambitious, you can also skip the barbecue and use a fire pit to cook dinner.

Cooking with a fire pit is a great way to cook meat, beans, veggies, and all kinds of food. One classic recipe is barbecue ribs alongside baked beans. You can grill rich-tasting ribs on a spit while letting your beans cook in a Dutch oven. The wood you use will play a major factor in the taste of your meat. Almond wood can give you a great, sweet-tasting wood flavour for your ribs or any meat. This slow-cooking method will be a tasty treat on Canada Day or any long summer day.

Make Some Shade

At the start of summer, everyone can’t wait to soak up the sun and improve their tans. But it won’t be long before you’re craving shade and some relief from the hot summer. Don’t get sunburned during your backyard parties. Make sure there’s plenty of shade where you can cool off with a drink. Trees cast the best shade, but they can take years to grow large enough to give you coverage. In the meantime, a combination of patio umbrellas and pergolas with fast-growing vines can help keep you cool.

A Backyard Movie Screen

Miss the drive-in movie theatre? Get the feeling back in your own backyard with a movie screen where you can project some family classics. This is a great idea for keeping kids entertained, so when you invite over friends who have kids of their own, you can keep everyone happy with movie night.

Don’t just settle for some patio furniture and a barbecue. Make your backyard the place to be this summer with some truly unique backyard improvements like a fire pit, a movie screen, and an outdoor bar. You definitely won’t lack for company.

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