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The Perfect Patio

During the spring and summer seasons, many people enjoy the outdoors by spending it in their "outdoor" room - the patio!

Acres and acres of land aren't needed to enjoy the outdoors, and living in an apartment, condominium or other city dwelling shouldn't keep you from making a patio. Use your imagination and change your porch or the teeny, tiny cement square beside your apartment back door into your own enjoyable patio area.

You'll have to decide whether there's just enough room for two to enjoy coffee or drinks, or if there's enough room for a barbecue for more people. Space limitations are a big factor in planning the best use of your outdoor space!

Don't just throw an aluminum lawn chair on a patch of grass. Your patio is the main focal point of your yard or outside area. You can use themes from inside the house, and transfer them outdoors. Or, do something completely different! Outside, the sky is the limit, literally!

Show Your Green Thumb
Party Time
Invite All to Your Patio
It's Yours, So Indulge Yourself
Patio Must-Haves


Show Your Green Thumb!

Choose some vases, planters and plant stands to display your gardening expertise. Mix in some fun figures along with your plants, and your family and friends will see your true nature, whether it be that of a whimsical nature or that of a more serious gardener.

If you're currently living in a home that does not have a lot of dirt areas to grow beautiful flowers, think about hanging plants and other outdoor-themed decor on the sides of your home's walls. Remember, it's not just the dirt that needs sprucing up! Use all of your outdoor space wisely.

You don't need to have a botany degree to grow flowers. Anybody can grow plants with a little tender loving care. Give them their needed sunshine and water, and you'll be amazed what your plants will do!

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Party Time

When your family and friends discover you have a patio,
they're going to be ready to enjoy the outdoors with you. And you'll want to be ready for them.

Forget the paper plates and Styrofoam cups. Dinnerware sets in colorful, vivid and bold designs are brighter ways to serve your guests. Or, choose more subdued, simple patterns, whatever matches your personality! Likewise, glassware should be chosen that will match your entertaining needs.

When the sun goes down, candles and centerpieces will help you to continue entertaining your guests, whether it be one significant other or lots of others, under the stars and the moon.

Not only should you be prepared for the uninvited guests, but plan parties to show off your patio. How about planning a kickoff-to-summer event? Celebrate the beginning of summer. The first Monday of summer. The first heatwave. You get the idea!

Create your own dazzling patriotic way to celebrate America's birthday. Choose some Fourth of July candles, lights and flags. Don't forget a cake platter for America's birthday cake (you might want to skip the candles -- there just isn't a cake large enough to hold all those candles). Then when the sun goes down and it gets a little chilly, cuddle up with a special someone under a throw or blanket to watch the colorful fireworks.

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Invite All to Your Patio

Let some fine-feathered creatures enjoy the comforts of your patio, too. Birds will flock to your patio to use your birdhouses, bird feeders and birdbaths. Not only will the birds and other furry creatures have a good time, but take your morning cup of coffee, espresso or cappuccino outdoors and watch nature at its best. Don't watch too long or you'll be late for your morning appointments!

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It's Yours, So Indulge Yourself

It was a hard day at work, traffic crawled along and the air conditioner in your car worked only when it wanted to. After getting home, change into something more comfortable, get a cool drink filled with ice, go outside to your patio area, crawl into a swinging hammock and simply watch your daily problems drift away with the cool summer breezes.

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Patio Must-Haves

Here are some items to turn your patio into one of the best-dressed in the neighborhood.

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