Confession. Up until yesterday, I had never hosted a cookout. Ever. Never ever. How a grown woman got to this point without having a barbeque, I can’t tell you, but I think it must have something to do with this being the first time that I’ve actually had a backyard! Well, you know, a backyard that is mine and not my parents! Anyway, when I received the opportunity to participate in a Kmart Outdoor Living Backyard Makeover, I was super excited! I mean, check out what I was working with before:
Yeah. So, as you can see, I was desperately in need of some help! Living in the city, I knew I wanted our backyard to be a relaxing place to just chill for cookouts or casual get togethers. I’m not really a formal person, and I wanted to remain true to who I am, but I had no idea where to start. Thankfully, The Party BluPrints Blog had a lot of great tips for creating an amazing outdoor party space. As I browsed Kmart.com, and when I went into the store to shop, I kept this advice in mind: stick to the basics, get a great grill, and bring nature to the party scene with plants.
Well, I did just that, and thanks to Kmart, my girlfriend Endeara who is my voice of reason, my brother who is a Grill Master, and the advice from The Party BluPrints Blog…I am no longer a cookout newbie and I have an Urban Chill Spot to entertain in all summer long!
The chairs were really comfortable.
Ayva had her own table, but she likes to sit with the adults!
Plenty of cold drinks for a hot day!
It was hot outside, but our cookout vibe was cool!
The Star of the Show!
Double cheeseburger? Ooo wee!
Birds and cool cats welcome!
People really noticed the little touches.
Nice spot for a little conversation!
Want to make your own Urban Chill Spot and need a little inspiration? Take a look at my Kmart shop on ThisMoment:
Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias.