Summer is the perfect time to have backyard gatherings and enjoy good picnic foods. But, just imagine how much sweeter the corn on the cob will taste and the more enjoyable the burgers if you’re surrounded by a beautiful outdoor atmosphere!

Whether your budget is small or maybe you can spend a little more, there are a number of ideas to help you transform your backyard into your dream picnic area. You’ll find the ideas are endless, and all you need to do is decide what type of atmosphere you want to create and how involved you want to be on any outdoor project. Or, if you want to hire professionals? Enjoy a few ideas to transform your backyard into a dream picnic space!

String up Lights

The type of lights you choose to hang and where you place them can impact the backyard area. If it’s a romantic setting you have in mind, try stringing small twinkling lights in the trees. It’ll be like stars surrounding you.

Or if it’s a party atmosphere, try hanging Chinese lanterns and other types of colorful lights to create a festive mood. You’ll find there are many different lighting methods to transform your backyard into a picnic area.

Build a Flower-Covered Pergola

Whether you already have a pergola or are thinking about adding one to your backyard, they make a lovely outdoor dining area.  The roof protects you from sun and rain, but the sides are open, allowing you to feel the breeze.

Now imagine the pergola with some lightly-scented, colorful vines gracing its sides and top. What a lovely place to enjoy an evening meal with friends! It’s pretty easy to create this dining area. Just educate yourself on the types of vines that grow well over structures and how to care for them.

Built a Fire Pit

Fire pits are ideal for the backyard because you can use them as warmth on chilly nights and roast hot dogs and marshmallows as well as other fun activities. Whether you cook outdoors for your picnic or bring sandwiches and use the pit for s’mores, everyone loves sitting around a fire pit enjoying good food and conversation.

However, you’ll need to do some planning to get the most out of your new fire pit. You’ll find there are several different types to choose from, so you’ll need to consider those to find one that suits your needs.

Build a Garden Fountain

An outdoor fountain is ideal for those evenings when you want to relax and enjoy your dinner outside. Add lights, and you create a tranquil peace to your outdoor space.

You can make or buy a fountain or build your own. You’ll find that building your own can be quite simple and you can add your own creative flair.

Bring the Kitchen Outdoors

Building an outdoor kitchen is a little more costly than some of the other outdoor projects, but if you love dining al fresco and having company, it might be worth the investment. You’ll have a cooking and dining area outdoors on your patio or wherever you choose to build. And, like an indoor kitchen, you may need help from a contractor unless you’re handy with DIY projects.

Look over some ideas of outdoor kitchens to see what’s involved before deciding if this is a project you’d like to take on. But, keep in mind that this area is likely to become a gathering place for family and friends for years to come.

This may be a good choice also if you live in a warmer climate and will get more use out of the outdoor space.

You’ll have all the cold drinks and picnic foods you want to be kept cool or prepared without having to leave your party.

Who doesn’t love spending time outdoors and having fun with friends? Transforming your backyard into a picnic area is the best way to do so. There are many other ideas, too, depending on whether you’ll have kids that need recreational games or types of entertainment for the entire family.

Before deciding on what ideas to incorporate, make sure you take into account the safety of those attending and any other precautions. You’ll want your area not only to be fun, relaxing and inviting but safe for all those around you.

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

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