Once the warm weather arrives, people want to spend more time enjoying the outdoors. And there’s no easier place to get to than your own backyard. In fact, Americans are spending more enjoying their outdoor living space than ever before. A poll by lawncare company TruGreen found that Americans are now spending 14 hours every week outside—three hours more than pre-Covid days—and 73 percent of respondents said that the time spent in nature has been therapeutic for them.
One thing we may have gained during the pandemic. A new appreciation for our outdoor space. We realized that these areas, from the front porch to the backyard firepit, can be treated as an extension of our homes—and we really don’t use them enough. As we move forward, we can continue to use these outdoor spaces to safely entertain. (Our neighbors in Alaska and the Scandinavian countries have been doing so for years!) So instead of feeling cooped up indoors this winter, take it outside. Here are a few ideas to help you warm up to outdoor entertaining. Continue reading Outdoor Entertaining Planning 101: From Space Prep to Furniture and Food, Tips for Every Budget