Tips to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer

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It’s almost June and summer is almost here. Today I am sharing tips to help you get your backyard ready for summer and a pool party.

It’s almost summertime, and that means backyard barbecues, pool parties, and spending time outdoors with family and friends. These tips will help you get ready for all the fun summer activities ahead!

Relaxing Poolside

It’s almost June and a lot of us are thinking about summer. It is time to get outdoors, enjoy the sun, and relax. Today I am going to share my tips on how to get your backyard ready for summer and a pool party.

I think a lot of us are looking forward to spending more time outdoors. Personally, I just want a place where my family can be together, enjoy our pool, and have some summer fun.

I love our backyard. And already this year we have spent a lot of time in our pool. I think I want to get our backyard ready for a pool party.

Last year, and the year before, I partnered with Arhaus and added the items we needed to get our backyard ready for summer.

Summer Poolside Chaises

Last summer we added furniture by our pool from the Arhaus Outdoor Collection. Featuring a refined, traditional aesthetic, this Arhaus collection was designed with clean lines and no-fuss styling. I love it and it works perfectly at our pool.

Five Tips to Get Your Backyard Ready for a Summer Pool Party

In order to get our backyard ready for a long summer, I realized there were five things I needed to address. I am sharing these with you today. You don’t have to do all five, just decide which one is the most important and start there.

#1 – Create a Place Where You Can Relax 

Enjoying the Pool

For the longest time, we had no place to sit near our pool to relax. This was an important problem I solved in our backyard when I found some new chaise lounges. I love that now we can relax out here any time during the day. 

Backyard relaxation

When I want to find a nice place to relax, these chaises are perfect. They are also great when my girlfriends come over for an afternoon pool party.

Chaise Lounges

# 2 – Provide Lots of Shade

As much as we all love the warmth of the sun, shade is an absolute must!

You might want to look for an umbrella that is the perfect size and offers a lot of shade. Ours tilts to provide shade as the sun moves throughout the day. Your outdoor space isn’t complete until you’ve included the ideal shade solution for dining areas or seating arrangements. 

relaxing in the backyard

Isn’t this umbrella perfect?

Here are some of my favorite umbrellas. Just tap on the photos below.

summer chaise

#3 – Have a Place to Dine Outdoors

I love having different places to dine in our backyard, so adding a poolside table was a must.

summer backyard

There is no doubt this table and chairs have had a lot of use next to our pool. I am going to serve lunch out here for my girlfriends at our pool party.

dining by the pool

This is one of my favorite lunch spots. How great is this?

Lazy Afternoon Poolside

We also have another area in our backyard for dining. It is a great place for entertaining.

#4 – Get Away From the Heat

We are lucky in Southern California as our summer weather is warm but still mild. We rarely have humidity and even the bugs are manageable. But, regardless of where you live, you always want to be able to get out of the heat.

Poolside Chaise Lounges

We put a pool in our backyard about thirteen years ago. I wanted it to match our home so I used the same bricks around the pool that matched the patio on the back of our home. There is no doubt the pool gives us a break from the heat. So what do you do without a pool?

Some options include a misting system, a stock tank pool, water toys for the kids such as a slip and slide, and good old-fashioned sprinklers. Of course, ceiling fans are great too. 

Whatever you do, just make sure you have a way to stay cool. 

#5 – Stock up on Pool Accessories

Poolside Views

Every pool and pool party needs towels, beverage cups, suntan lotion, and any items that will make you and your guests more comfortable.

I love my Kindle Waterproof Paperwhite so much because I can read it in the bright sun with our without sunglasses and they are now waterproof. I can also change the screen to black and read it in bed at night and not bother my husband!

Our beach house is stocked with the Cabana Striped Beach Towels and I love them.

I love sharing movies at night and our outdoor Portable Movie Projector and Inflatable Movie Screen are the best! We have Sonos speakers but this Portable Indoor/Outdoor Speaker is wonderful and so inexpensive!

Here are some of my favorites.

Where is the best place to buy suntan lotion?

Let’s all agree that suntan lotion is expensive. I buy ours at Costco or places like TJMaxx where they have my favorite brand Neutrogena for almost half off.

Where do you buy suntan lotion? And do you buy the spray kind that looks as if 90% of it blows away every time you use it?

I would love to know!

The Pool in the Backyard

I hope these five tips will help you get ready for summer.

Poolside Afternoon

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19 Comments

  1. My favorite!

    Neutrogena Beach Defense Water-Resistant Sunscreen Stick with Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, PABA-Free and Oxybenzone-Free, UVA/UVB Protection, Face & Body Sunscreen Stick, 1.5 oz

  2. Its all exquisite but I’d like to see this post reworked for those of us who don’t have the luxury of partnering for beautiful outdoor furnishings at deep discounts or perhaps acquired for free. Would be great to see what good looking, well made inexpensive furniture could be bought online or from big box stores & paired with equally inexpensive accessories, perhaps even things we already have around the house.

    1. My daughter bought good-looking, well-made, and not terribly expensive pool chaise lounges and a table and chairs through Lowe’s this spring.

  3. Leslie,
    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. Hope your Memorial Day weekend was enjoyed by everyone.

  4. I have pool envy!
    beautiful yard, here in New York out door time is a short season, but some good ideas, and not too difficult to do on a smaller budget.
    enjoy!!

  5. How in the world do you keep that many outdoor spaces clean, free of bird and insect damage, and in Tennessee pollen and mold? You must have a full time cleaning crew!

  6. The only thing I would change by the pool area is I’d add another end table in front of the umbrella so the 2 center lounge chairs also has a place for putting drinks or whatever you need on them so you don’t have to put it on the ground next to you.

  7. Leslie, great tips. I just saw a spot on the news where a Dermatologist compared sunscreens. The best “lotion” if you care for this type was Walmarts 50% Equate. It runs for about $5.00. Most economical. Thought I’d share.
    Then I’d like to know if you have a favorite place to go to replace your wicker furniture cushions? Need some help here.
    Thanks, Debi 🌸

  8. Is the pool, tile, liner or gunite type? Looking to put one in. Thanks and yours is lovely by the way. Suzi

  9. Thank you Leslie – it looks like an oasis that you want to share with friends and family.
    Costco is the best for the Neutrogena Sunscreen- I always date it with a sharpie as it loses it effectiveness after a year.
    How do you protect your chaise lounge cushions? We just installed a pool and added chaises but somehow the birds keep finding them for target practice.
    I love your passion for ball jars- Are you afraid of having glass by the pool?

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