Would you like to receive an email when I write a new blog post?

Tips to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer

June will be here tomorrow and summer is knocking at the door. Today I am sharing my five tips to help you get your backyard ready for summer and a pool party.

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 ppol party.

I think a lot of us are looking forward to spending more time outdoors. For me 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 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 Montego Outdoor Collection. Featuring a refined, traditional aesthetic, the Montego 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 selected the Montego outdoor chaises in slate from Arhaus. 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 which 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?

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.

This table is the Montego Outdoor Rounds Dining Table and the chairs are the Montego Outdoor dining side chairs.

summer backyard

There is no doubt this table and chairs will get 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

I have decided that this is also going to be my new lunch spot. How great is this?

Lazy Afternoon Poolside

#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 twelve years ago. I wanted it to match our home so I used the same bricks 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 need 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! 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 everytime 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

Pin the image below to your Summer or Home Decor boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner). You can also follow along with me on Pinterest!

Tips to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer

For more real-time updates, follow me on Instagram @My100YearOldHome

about leslie


Welcome to My 100 Year Old Home. I started my blog so I could share my passion for entertaining, décor, cooking, and crafts. You will find all this and more right here. Read more…

12 Responses

  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.

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I'm Leslie,
Welcome to My 100 Year Old Home

I started my blog so I could share my passion for entertaining, décor, cooking, and crafts. You will find all this and more right here.

Explore the categories

Affiliate Links

On my blog at My 100 Year Old Home, I may sometimes use affiliate links, which means a small commission is earned if you make a purchase via the link. The price you pay will be the same whether you use the affiliate link or go directly to the vendor’s website using a non-affiliate link.

Would you like to receive an email when I write a new blog post? Sign up here and you will also have access to all of my ebooks, tips and even my Christmas Party menus.