With the summer weather upon us, it’s time to take advantage of that great outdoor entertaining space that you have. However, if it like most during the start of the summer period, it is still looking a little neglected from a lack of use when the weather was less than ideal.

If this sounds like you, below is a great list to help you get your entertaining space back in action!

Give It All a Clean

And when we say clean, we mean a thorough clean. Make sure to get a soft brush, some warm soapy water and clean all around the cushions, including and especially the creases. Once you’re done with the wash it’s important that you give it a thorough rinse with the rose of buckets of clean water. Perform this cleaning task on all of your outdoor furniture. Once you have finished cleaning, leave the furniture in a place where it can get the most sun to dry completely.

Upgrade Your Furniture

Outdoor furniture doesn’t last forever and can eventually break and become unusable. When this happens, it’s best to replace the entire set with something fresh and use the older items as spares. Instead of heading to your local garden store, however, save some money by first visiting the Groupon Coupons page for eBay and take advantage of online sales. Buying online is a great way to keep your furniture costs down.

Change the Lighting

Outdoor lighting is one of the least thought of aspects when it comes to outdoor entertaining. Sure, you think about how much light you’ll need and then install a simple bulb, but there is often little creative thought. Instead of a bulb, look for string lights decorative bulbs that you can use to give you the right level of lighting. Lighting is a great way to adjust mood so be sure to use it to your advantage with your entertaining space.

Music and Entertainment

Just because you only use the space for entertaining doesn’t mean that you can’t give it a little bling. Look for small music systems that you can install in your outdoor space that is protected from the elements. If you place them strategically around your entertaining space, you and your guests can easily connect your phone to the speakers to allow everybody to share their music tastes.

Shade

The right umbrella or measurement of shade cloth can be the difference between a group of friends enjoying some outside and a group of friends constantly covering their faces with their hands because the sun is too bright. Take note of where the sun hits the most during the day a few days before heading to the store and consider an umbrella that can be adjusted to accommodate for the movement. If you are looking to install shade cloth, consider which angle will give you the most coverage for the largest portion of the day.

Summer is the perfect time to invite your friends over and enjoy the outdoors. Use these tips to ensure that your outdoor entertaining space is ready for the task!