Hosting a Kentucky Derby party on your Wahoo Deck!

Hosting a Kentucky Derby party on your Wahoo Deck!

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!

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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

Preparation:

  1. In a highball glass gently muddle the mint, sugar, and water
  2. Fill the glass with cracked ice.
  3. Add bourbon and stir well until the glass is well frosted
  4. Add garnish of mint sprig
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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!

Check out Elva M. Design Studio for free printable signs and other decor ideas for your Derby party!

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Finger Foods of the Kentucky Derby

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

Preparation:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl stir together the first 8 ingredients
  2. Fold in pimientos and cheddar cheese
  3. Cover and chill to 6 to 10 hours
  4. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes and stir before serving
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Take Bets!

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!

You can even buy customized trophies to give out. We found these on Amazon!

How will you decorate your deck space for Derby Day? Don’t forget to share pictures of your deck space to our social media account!

Tag @WahooDecks on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!!

Choosing Plants for Your Deck Space

Choosing Plants for Your Deck Space

When planning the layout of your deck, don’t forget to consider plants for the space. Plants enhance the look and feel of your outdoor living area. While plants are both functional and beautiful, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when choosing plants for your deck.

Pest Repellent Varieties

When enjoying your deck, you don’t want to spend the entire time swatting at flies or smacking mosquitoes. Instead of using bug spray, consider plants that will naturally do the job for you. Here are a few of our favorites and what bugs they keep away:

  • Petunias – these brightly colored flowers not only look and smell amazing, but they also keep away beetles, aphids, and tomato worms
  • Marigolds – golden and beautiful, marigolds will help keep mosquitoes and aphids out of your deck garden space
  • Lavender – both flagrant and beautiful, known to repel mosquitoes, fleas, flies, and moths
  • Alliums – large purple flowers that defend against cabbage worms, aphids, carrot flies, and slugs

 

Containers

When caring for your plants and flowers, consider using containers for your deck. Unless you have ample space to create planter boxes for soil and irrigation, containers is the way to go. You can plant a wide variety of flowers, shrubs, and grasses in containers. Some of the easiest plants to care for include geranium, hibiscus, lantana, coleus, and Japanese forest grass. But don’t limit yourself to this short list. Visit your local garden center for more ideas for the best container flowers and grasses for your deck.

 

Plant for Privacy

Not all deck owners will have a need to create a privacy barrier, but those that would like more privacy, can plant their way to a private oasis. Use your creativity to create a more private deck with shrubs, trees, and bushes right on your deck. Small evergreen trees and shrubs that grow tall instead of wider are a great option. Using arborvitae and cypress are both good choices that you can keep in containers that will grow into a natural wall of greenery.

Clematis is a flowering vine that is a beautiful way to create a curtain between you and your neighbors. Boxwoods are a beautiful shrub that you can plant in a row to make a screen for your deck. You can also include some horsetail reed grass or even some bamboo for a similar effect. A combination of these privacy creating plants can make your deck both secluded and beautiful.

Plants can elevate any deck to its full potential. However, if you are unhappy with your current deck situation, maybe it’s time for a change. If you’re looking to install or upgrade your residential deck, call our team at Wahoo Decks. We will design the most durable and functional deck for your home. Then you can create the garden deck oasis you’ve been dreaming of.

And as always- don’t forget to tag @WahooDecks on InstagramTwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn!

The 4 Most Essential Decking Accessories for Spring

The 4 Most Essential Decking Accessories for Spring

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:

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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.
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3. Planters

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.

Create a wall of greenery and flowers with this wooden flower stand on wheels from Amazon.com.

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2. Deck Boxes

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.

We love this deck box from Target!

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4. Add A Fire Pit

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.

Fire pits also work great on our aluminum decking. Learn more about our fire-rating and choosing the right fire pit for your deck space here.

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.

The Montego Gas Fire Pit Table from www.woodlanddirect.com is a great option for most deck spaces. 

How will you accessorize your deck space this spring? Don’t foget to share pictures of your deck space to our social media account!

Tag @WahooDecks on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!!

Deck Décor: Last Minute St. Paddy’s Day ‘Deck’orations

Deck Décor: Last Minute St. Paddy’s Day ‘Deck’orations

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.

Get yours here. 

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3. Create A St. Patrick’s Day Arrangement

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!

Get the details here. 

 

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2. Add Shamrocks

A festive way to incorporate seasonal décor is to include a door hanger. A welcoming touch to your home, while also being fun for the season! 

We found this cute hand-painted shamrock door hanger on Etsy.

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4. Outdoor Lanterns

Let your love for St. Paddy’s day shine day or night with festive lanterns! Dress up your deck for an evening party to celebrate! 

We found these leprechaun lanterns on Amazon.  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to share your “deckorations” on social media! Tag @WahooDecks on Instagram or Facebook!

Deck Design Tips: 7 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Deck

Deck Design Tips: 7 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Deck

We love offering deck design tips and hope you enjoy them too! So, below are 7 deck design tips for adding privacy to your deck! A deck is an enjoyable place for friends and family. From cooking out to relaxing with a book it can be a place for a party or a place for relaxation. What could make a deck design even better? Perhaps a little privacy is just what you need.

Pocket Gardens

Whether you buy a pocket garden or make one, it’s a simple and unique way to add privacy. Simply hang it and you not only have your very own garden. Also, you’ll enjoy having added privacy to your deck.

Pergola

A pergola works the same way as a tree, adding just the right amount of shade and privacy to your deck design. Finally, it’s the perfect combination for those hot summer days.

Curtains

The great thing about a curtain is its versatility in regard to your deck design. Curtains come in a variety of sizes and colors. Therefore, you’re in control of your decor and the amount of privacy you want for your deck. 

Plants/Flowers/Shrubbery

For those that have a green thumb, flowers and plants are a fun way to add privacy. Choose your favorite flowers, plants, and shrubbery and add as little or as much privacy as you want!

Canopy

Awnings/Canopies come in all types of shapes and styles! A canopy not only offers privacy from second story onlookers. Also, it protects you from the hot sun.

Trellis

The wonderful thing about a trellis is the privacy it provides without restricting daylight or airflow. Add a bench like the homeowners did in the photo featured above for a day of privacy and relaxation.

Gazebo

A gazebo is a beautiful way to add privacy while also incorporating shade and even a sitting area.

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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.

Deck Ideas: 5 Safety Tips for Having an Outdoor Fire Pit

Deck Ideas: 5 Safety Tips for Having an Outdoor Fire Pit

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.

  1. Your outdoor fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure or combustible surface.
  2. Avoid windy conditions by checking the weather forecast
  3. Stay up to date on any burn bans that might be in effect
  4. Pick up leaves and any other combustible materials in and around the fire pit
  5. 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.

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