Preparing for a fun filled Fourth on your deck? There are several simple decorations that you can utilize to add to the festivities of Independence Day. You will have the most patriotic deck on the block with these simple tips. The great thing about celebrating Independence Day on your Wahoo Deck is that our aluminum deck boards stay cooler to the touch than other deck surfaces!
Create A Patriotic Tablescape
By adding touches of red, white, and blue to your outdoor tablescape, you can easily display your patriotism. Adding these colors can be achieved through using red plates, blue glasses, and white napkins. Complete your table by spreading confetti across the completed table.
The classic form of decorating for the Fourth is by adding American flags to your outdoor space. Whether you want to hang a patriotic bunting from your deck railing or add some flags to your garden, an American flag will complete your patriotic theme.
Kick off summer with a cookout on your deck! School will be out soon, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate with friends and family. This year, embrace new cookout traditions with good food, fun games, and all of your favorite party goers! Here are some of our best ideas for your summer cookout.
Focus On The Food
We love enjoying yummy food with friends and family on the comfort of our deck. Whether you’re enjoying fresh vegetables from the garden or indulging in delicacies from the grill. If you want to entertain with side dishes other than the typical potato and pasta salad dishes, opting for specialty side items can be a fun start for everyone. Try changing things up with a Caprese salad with tomatoes fresh from the garden.
Summer is the perfect time to break out all the lawn games. Corn hole is a fun way to have a little friendly competition amongst guests. Try a jumbo Jenga set you can put on the deck or a table on the lawn. If you want a game that keeps you cool while having fun, set up a slip’n slide on the lawn or break out the water balloons.
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 are looking to update your outdoor living space, we can help. Contact the residential outdoor living experts at Wahoo Decks. We will work with you to create a deck you’ll love and use, year-round.
No matter what ages you’re entertaining this summer, you will need some cold drinks on hand to keep everyone’s thirst quenched. Try mixing it up with fun drinks, rather than just lemonade and water. Whip up some watermelon margaritas for your adult guests, and add some bubbly soda for the kids! This is a party pleaser every time.
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!
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
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.
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!