Now that it's beautiful outside, why be indoors when you could be hanging out in your own backyard? Here are some creative ideas for building a great gathering place outside your house, with minimal cost.
Set up an outdoor theater
All you need is a projector, a giant white sheet or shower curtain, and something to secure it with, like a wooden frame, or a curtain rod taped to the bottom. Bring some comfortable furniture outside, blankets and get some popcorn going. Voila! A movie under the stars.
Plant giant flowers
Allium Gladiator bulbs grow between 1 and 1.5 metres tall, and produce large, bell-shaped, purple flowers that bloom early in summer. Few things characterise summer like sunflowers, which can grow to about 4 metres tall - the world's tallest sunflower is 7.76 metres!
Build a fire pit
Constructing your own fire pit is relatively easy, and you can definitely do it on the cheap. You just need marine silicone, cheap glass frames, small rocks, any kind of metal mesh, gel fuel and any metal planter with an edge on it. Then it's just a matter of putting it altogether, and you have somewhere to roast s'mores or entertain guests.
Put a hammock out
Many of us have a hammock stowed in the garage or attic somewhere. Dig it out and find a good shady spot with two sturdy trees to string it up. Don't have a hammock? Inexpensive ones can be found at garage sales and secondhand stores, but it may be worth investing in a nice big one you'll have for years.
Set up a tent
There's nothing like camping in your own backyard. Set up a tent and really decorate it lavishly, with pillows and rugs. Being able to just pop inside for that bottle of wine when you're camping makes a huge difference, and you'll find yourself doing it more often because it's convenient. If you tire of sleeping outside, convert the space into the little reading nook you always wanted.