Summer’s not over, and we’re not out of great summer cookout ideas. School might be starting again, but the weather is still hot, and there are good times ahead in your outdoor living space. But instead of just having some hamburgers on the deck and calling it a day, do something different to shake things up. Here are some of our best ideas for your summer cookout.
Food Is the Focus
What’s better than some great summer food shared with friends and family in the great outdoors? We love to gather on the deck or in the backyard and enjoy the bounties of the garden or some delicious delicacies from the smoker. If you’re looking for something different than the typical potato and pasta salad sides, consider changing things up with a delicious Caprese salad with tomatoes fresh from your garden or the local farmer’s market. It’s also the best time of year to commit to getting better at cooking on the smoker. One of our favorites is a good brisket. It takes time and commitment, but the rave reviews you’ll get will be worth it.
Don’t Forget the Drinks
Whether you’ve gathered your grown-up friends for some quality time on the patio or you’re having a gaggle of kids over for a family BBQ, drinks are a priority. It’s hot out, and everyone gets thirsty. Don’t settle for water or the old lemonade standby. Try something new! A big hit this summer is the watermelon margarita. It’s cold and refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness. Leave out the alcohol and add some bubbly soda and you can give the kids or the non-drinkers a taste too. It’s also a good time to try out some craft beers you want to sample. A good liquor store might sell a mix-up of bottles in customized six-packs to share with your friends and family. If you’re hosting a party for the kids, try a homemade strawberry lemonade. It’s a real crowd pleaser!
Summertime is game time, especially if you can play them outside. Corn hole is always a fun way to have a little friendly competition, and everyone can play. Looking for a puzzling challenge? Try a jumbo Jenga set you can put on the deck or a table on the lawn. If you want a game that’s fun and also cools you down, you could set up a slip ‘n slide on the lawn or throw down with a game of water balloon dodge ball.
Summertime is the best time to get outdoors, spend time with your friends and family, and have a cookout with food, drinks, and games. If you feel like your outdoor living space isn’t what you’d hoped for your gatherings, we can help. Contact the residential outdoor living experts at Wahoo Decks. We’ll get you on track for a deck you’ll love and use, year-round.
Outdoor entertainment systems offer a way to enjoy your favorite music and programs al fresco. We all want to make the most of the good weather while it lasts, right? Imagine upgrading your cookouts with a flat-screen television and surround-sound speakers. Your backyard could become the most popular hangout spot in the neighborhood in no time.
Having a television or sound system installed on your deck is not as complicated as it sounds. A good installer will do the job right in less than a day. Just think, your new system could be up and running just in time for football season! Here are our best tips for using entertainment systems designed for outdoor use to transform your deck.
Only Use Outdoor-Approved Audio Visual Equipment
Thinking of moving your current television out to the deck? Big mistake. A backyard entertainment system calls for a specialized TV made for the outdoors. These units are durable and weather-resistant. Their screens have anti-glare properties to enhance your outdoor viewing experience. The same goes for outdoor speakers; insects and rain can’t ruin them. So don’t wreck your current electronics. Do it right and get a professional to install the right equipment for your deck.
Choose Weatherproof Equipment
What happens if it starts raining in the middle of your outdoor party? This is why you should choose weatherproof equipment for your outdoor entertainment system. There’s no need to disassemble everything and haul it inside. Weatherproof units can stay right where they are without any worry. If you decide to get a universal remote for your system, it’s a good idea to invest in a waterproof remote. This is especially true if you have a pool or hot tub.
Want to Extend Your Entertainment System Beyond the Deck?
Do your gatherings spill off the deck and into your yard? No problem. Don’t leave anybody out of the party! You’ve seen the speakers hidden inside fake rocks at malls, right? You can get those for your house, too! Those speaker rocks can become a lovely enhancement of your landscaping. Your music and movie audio can play wherever you want on your property, not only right next to the TV.
Integrated Outdoor Entertainment Systems Keep the Party Going
The latest generations of entertainment systems for outdoor use are fully integrated. You could control your TV, music, and even the lights from your smartphone. Change the lighting, music, and programming to fit the evolving mood of your party. No need to find the remotes or even get up from your card game. These seamless transitions mean that nobody – even you – has to miss a beat of your party.
Wahoo Decks is Georgia’s Source for Entertainment Systems Outdoors
When you’re ready to get your system set up, call Wahoo Decks. We have the experience and industry knowledge to build an incredible audio visual system for your deck. Call our team at Wahoo Decks today at (678) 343-2317 to start designing the outdoor entertainment system of your dreams.
Winter is coming in North America! Here are a few winter deck design ideas for you from Wahoo Decks.
With temperatures starting to drop around most parts of the country, we know your deck might get a little neglected around this time of year. However, there’s still plenty of use for your aluminum deck throughout the winter months! Keep reading for a few winter deck design ideas on how to make the most out of your outdoor living space this season.
Even if it is too cold to physically be on your deck, who said you can’t enjoy the view with some holiday lighting? String lights on your deck rail, hang a garland, or even use an outdoor Christmas tree! If you don’t have time to situate Santa on your roof ‘Christmas With The Cranks’ style, you can at least take solace in giving him a new home on your deck.
Throw an outdoor deck party.
If you’re lucky enough to be in a part of the county that stays above freezing, consider adding an outdoor option to your holiday party. Combine your deck decor with some fake snow (or real if you’re adventurous!) to make your deck feel like a true winter wonderland. Outdoor space heaters can help to combat the cold, and you could even use a patio fire place for some delicious s’mores!
Host an outdoor meal.
Soak up the last bits of fall weather and scenery by hosting a meal for family and friends on your deck. Brunch or dinner are both great options for outdoor gatherings. If you have a particularly scenic deck location, it would also make for a great photo-op! This is a great option if you don’t want to make guests hang outside for as long as you would a party, but also to still get some deck use. Be as involved with the decor as little or as much as you want!
Wahoo Deck’s aluminum decks are designed to be used in all weather. So, why not enjoy your deck all year long?
For more winter deck design ideas and inspiration, visit our ‘Winter Deck Design Ideas’ Pinterest board.