When your kids are the best friends of everyone on your block, your home becomes a summertime hangout for the entire neighborhood. So, to live up to your role, here are 3 ways you can better your backyard for the influx of kiddos and their parents this year.
Host Barbecues, Neighborhood Chats, and Water Balloon Wars
When your kids make friends around the neighborhood, so do you. Because those youngsters’ parents are sure to show up to meet you before their little ones spend too much time at your house. So, beat them to it with summer barbecues, late-night neighborhood conversations, and water balloon wars for kids and adults alike. The latter is a fun one, but make it mandatory that everyone bring their own water balloons if you provide the hose and faucets.
Hang Swings, Build a Treehouse, and Invest in an Above Ground Pool
Sure, you have the parents convinced that your place is a summertime go-to for fun. But the kids need something to do too. So, hang a few swings on a wooden playground, build an awesome treehouse, and invest in an above ground pool that you can take down when the cold weather moves in. Rack up plenty of fun things to do that will occupy the time of your kids and their friends, then share a glass of wine or two with neighborhood parents. You can all reminisce about your younger days, while wondering how in the world your youngsters have so much energy.
Build and Furnish a Ginormous, Beautiful Deck
The best part about summer with friends is where you host your barbecues and evening chats. A giant, beautiful deck is a great idea, because it gives you plenty of room for furnishings, snacks, and drinks. It’s a comfort-based add-on to your house, basically. And, depending on its size, a deck won’t cost too much to build or care for over time. Or, when you want to take your party to the actual yard, you can build a fire pit, complete with a surrounding of tiki torches and comfy lounge chairs. Set up cushy picnic blankets for kiddos to sit on around the fire too.
When you find yourself the height of everyone’s summer fun, use the aforementioned methods to enhance the good time that everyone has at your home. Remember to always be courteous and kind, but set boundaries with your guests. You should also be considerate of the needs of your guests, so shop now for sunscreens and other safety precautions before you play a role in the outdoor summer fun of your neighbors. Be the kind of host that you would want to have.