With all the excitement that surrounds the first weekend in May, stir up your own fun with a themed Kentucky Derby party on your deck! A fun tradition will ensue with friends and family, and on a Wahoo Deck the fun will keep coming for years! Enjoy these recipes and decor ideas!
Mint Julep Bar
As the traditional cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, no party is complete without this refreshing drink! Decorate the drink station with roses and garland, as you would the winning horse of the Derby!
Mint Julep Recipe:
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
2 ounces Bourbon whiskey
2 teaspoons of water
4 mint leaves
In a highball glass gently muddle the mint, sugar, and water
Fill the glass with cracked ice.
Add bourbon and stir well until the glass is well frosted
Add garnish of mint sprig
Decorating Your Deck - Derby Style
Feature the flower of the Kentucky Derby: red roses! Creating fun centerpieces full of red roses with a touch of equestrian flair is a great way to show your Derby style!
Showcase some of the delicious foods offered at the derby on your deck! A longtime favorite of the Derby is the Classic Pimento Cheese, served with pork cracklings.
Classic Pimento Cheese Recipe:
⅓ cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoon Apple cider vinegar
1 ½ teaspoon dried mustard
1 ½ teaspoon favorite hot sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons finely diced onion
12 ounce jar of diced pimiento
16 ounce shredded sharp yellow cheddar cheese
In a medium mixing bowl stir together the first 8 ingredients
Fold in pimientos and cheddar cheese
Cover and chill to 6 to 10 hours
Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes and stir before serving
Placing bets on the horses is a fun way to get into the racing spirit! If it’s for money or just bragging rights, it’s all still in fun! Create your own betting slips, and give out miniature trophies to the winners!
Occupy your deck to the fullest extent with the right accessories for the spring season. After a cold winter season, everyone is ready to be outside and soaking up the sunshine. Spring deck entertaining is a great way to kick off the outdoor entertaining season and fully enjoy all your deck offers.
Successful outdoor entertaining requires some basic furnishings and comforts to help accommodate guests that visit your deck. A folding table and camp chairs could do the job. Or you can create an outdoor oasis that will benefit you during each season. As your trusted deck experts at Wahoo Decks, we are happy to use our years of experience to help you achieve top deck status.
Here are our picks for 4 essential spring decking accessories:
1. Deck Furniture
Deck furniture is available in a wide range of materials, colors, and styles. Purchasing high quality items can be done at multiple price points. Choose furniture that fits your needs on your deck while also fulfilling the vision you have for your deck. With deck furniture your main focus should be quality and comfort.
Use the fresh spring weather to care for plants and flowers around your deck. While a spring and summer accessory, planters add a touch of greenery or color to decks that make entertaining that much more fun. Whether you’re planting primarily ornamental plants and flowers or using a small garden box to grow your own veggies, planters add interest to any deck space.
If you’re using a planter on your aluminum decking, it is important to use something elevated to resist staining the powder coated finish on your aluminum deck boards- and always avoid anything with metal legs, as those can cause your aluminum decking to rust.
When shopping for deck accessories, a deck box should be at the top of your list. Deck boxes allow for storage of other accessories, while completing your cohesive deck décor. Many full deck furniture sets offer a coordinating deck box as well. Locating a matching deck box is a task easily completed.
With the chill of winter lingering after the sun sets, a fire pit helps to give parties just the right amount of warmth to keep going. The choice is yours be it a gas fire pit that allows you to control the flame or a traditional wood burning fire pit. Fire pits are available in many different sizes and styles.
If you decide to use a firepit on your aluminum deck, it is important to use something between metal bottoms or legs and your deck surface. Metal-on-metal contact with your deck can cause the powder-coated surface of your deck to scratch and cause your deck to rust.
We love dressing our Wahoo Decks up for each holiday, and St. Paddy’s Day is no different! Show your deck some love with our seasonal picks. Check out our 4 simple ideas for decorating your deck this season.
1. Irish Style Bunting
Bunting is a fun way to dress up your deck, while providing an easy clean up when the celebration is done. Just attach to your front or back railings. Bunting is a great décor piece, because it lasts for years when stored properly.
Showcase your creativity with a fun green, shamrock filled arrangement for your deck! This diy project is sure to wow the neighbors and can be made with décor you already have on hand. This arrangement was created with Dollar Store finds!
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. 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 outdoor audio systems 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 audiovisual 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.
Looking for ways to make your deck more enjoyable? Our deck ideas can help! One of the more popular deck ideas these days is adding an outdoor fire pit to your living area. No matter what season it is, you can break out the fire pit with friends and family. After all, “According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits, or outdoor fireplaces, are the number one requested design feature today,” (HGTV).
While portable fire pits are a lot of fun, there are some serious safety precautions to keep in mind when handling them.
Your outdoor fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface.
Avoid windy conditions by checking the weather forecast
Stay up to date on any burn bans that might be in effect
Pick up leaves and any other combustible materials in and around the fire pit
Keep a container of water nearby and a garden hose close
While you’re getting ready to entertain and considering all your deck ideas, bear in mind the location you put your fire pit. Do NOT put a portable fire pit on your deck if it is made of wood. This can be very dangerous! If you were to knock over the coals it can also ruin your deck’s walking surface. However, with AridDek aluminum deck boards, you’ll never have to worry about coals from your portable fire pit ruining or igniting your deck.
Check out this video to see how AridDek aluminum decking compares to other common decking options in a hot charcoal test:
Remember, you should always keep your portable fire pit at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface.
About Wahoo Decks
Headquartered in Dahlonega, Georgia, Wahoo Decks is a leading manufacturer of award-winning outdoor decking products. Wahoo products have been engineered to be uniquely low maintenance and more resistant to natural elements than traditional decking products. Wahoo Decks offers AridDek, a waterproof aluminum decking product, DryJoist and DryJoistEZ (U.S. Pat. No. 8,276,344), a revolutionary waterproof and structural exterior aluminum joist, and Wahoo Rail, a complete line of aluminum railing kits. For more information about Wahoo Decks, visit http://www.WahooDecks.com.
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.