Must-have Backyard Essentials

Nothing brings people together during the summer quite like a backyard barbecue, friendly outdoor games or roasting marshmallows for s’mores over a crackling fire. With summertime in full swing, now is the time to make the most of your outdoor living space.

Enjoy summertime vibes in your own backyard. Here are our picks for must-have backyard essentials.

A  Great Grill

Grill it, and they will come. The sizzle of a juicy steak or aroma of a mouth-watering burger will have the festivities hopping in no time. Food brings people together, and a great use of your backyard will be to gather with family and friends. Add a great barbecue, and your backyard may become everyone’s favorite space this summer.

Outdoor Furniture
Whether you’re relaxing or entertaining, seating is essential. Invest in some comfortable outdoor furniture and add cushions and pillows for comfort and pops of color. Or repurpose some versatile pieces you already have, such as wicker or teak, that can do double duty. Arrange them to create seating for al fresco dining and a lounging space. If you have a fire pit, clean and empty it. Place a tray on top for an instant coffee table. Consider an outdoor rug to tie all your décor together.

Barbecue Basics

To grill in style and safety this season, you’ll need a canvas barbecue apron and a set of stainless-steel utensils with heat-resistant wooden handles. Basics include tongs, a spatula and a fork. For more fun and versatility, consider skewers, vegetable/fish baskets and long handles to roast marshmallows.

Smart Tableware

If you’re throwing an epic summer barbecue or backyard bash, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is plate, platter or wine glass breakage. Outdoor ware should be bright, durable and playful. Use melamine and acrylic pieces in cheerful colors and prints that keep summer going well past Labor Day. Choose recyclable, disposable plastic glasses and paper straws. Lemonade, anyone?

Mood Lighting

What’s an outdoor party without twinkly mood lighting? Transform your backyard into the ultimate oasis with popular clear globe strand lights, or for real ambiance, go for a chandelier. Or opt for your favorite theme string lights. Flamingos, margaritas or chili peppers will add instant fun and improve nighttime lighting for any outdoor space.

Rockin’ Speakers

Play your favorite jams while you grill, eat and hang out by the fire pit. With so many speakers able to connect wirelessly from your smart phone without Wi-Fi, it’s easy to get your DJ on outdoors. Or with Quadrant Homes’ HomeSmart® program, you can just ask Alexa® to play top summer jams.

Outdoor Activities

There’s a plethora of fun outdoor games you can include in your backyard entertaining. From classics like croquet and bocce ball to popular corn hole and Jenga® Giant™, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.

Insect Repellent

Keep your party buzzing, but not by pesky winged creatures. During peak mosquito season, have on hand bug repellent or wipes that are saturated with a DEET-free formula. You may know certain plants, like citronella, also help repel insects. Others you can plant in pots and nearby flower beds include marigolds, lavender, basil, rosemary and peppermint.

Patio Life – The Ultimate Staycation

You could celebrate this summer on a scenic outdoor patio at a brand-new home from Quadrant Homes. Quadrant’s outdoor kitchens extend your living space and make indoor/outdoor entertaining easy. Make your home your new vacation destination this summer, creating a relaxed, happy space where you will want to spend time with family and friends.

Are you looking for a new home that makes the most of your outdoor space? Connect with a Quadrant New Home Specialist at (425) 272-9658 or email

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