How To: Build a Backyard Oasis

Building a Backyard Oasis

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. You know what that means? Backyard barbecues, pool parties and fun in the sun entertainment. Don’t worry if your backyard isn’t ready for guests. These budget-friendly ideas will help you build a backyard oasis that’s ready to entertain in just one weekend!

Mood Lighting

Hanging outdoor globe lights are a fantastic way to set the mood and tone. Creating a peaceful ambiance will help you and your guests enjoy the backyard as the night continues.


Nothing says relaxation like a hammock. Day or night, a hammock will be enjoyed by everyone.

Patio Furniture

Providing comfortable and attractive seating for you and your guests is a sure way to make sure everyone will have a good time. Regardless of set up, make sure the furniture is comfortable and practical. Your guests will thank you.


Adding additional potted plants and flowers to your patio, deck and yard will help your space feel cozy and welcoming. Mix it up with greenery and flowers. The contrast between the green and pops of color will be stunning.


S’mores, stories, laughter and fun. A firepit is a backyard staple that is sure to bring you and your guests together at the end of the night. You can buy one that is already ready to go from Home Depot, Lowes or a store like Target or you can build you own.

Lawn Games

Having activities for your guests to enjoy will help keep conversations going and ensure your guests have a good time. A variety of activities for all age levels is best. Volleyball, croquet, flag football and a slip-n-slide or sprinkler are just a few fun ideas!

To help set you off on the right foot for your newly ready to host backyard, here is a refreshing summer drink recipe I think you’ll enjoy. Happy entertaining!

Peach Whiskey Iced Tea

Find original recipe here.

5 bags of Black Tea
3 cups hot water
8 cups ice
1 cup cold water
1 ⅔ cup diced peaches
¼ cup sugar
1 lemon
Whiskey of choice

  1. Steep black tea bags in hot water for 5 min. Remove tea bags, add ice and cold water.

  2. Puree peaches in blender or food processor with sugar and lemon juice until smooth.

  3. Stir peach puree into tea until combined. Add additional sugar to taste.

  4. Fill glasses ¾ of the way full of ice, add shot of whiskey and top off with peach iced tea.

  5. Garnish with peach slice. Enjoy!

Build a Backyard Oasis