Monday, August 10, 2009

Design an Outdoor Space Just for Kids

Everyone loves a barbecue, and your children are no exception. No matter their age, you can help them enjoy the summer experience by giving them their own unique place to sit back and appreciate the outdoors. Not only will they be happy, but with them chilling out at their own private party; you'll have more time to enjoy yours.

Start by using the right furniture. Your child's age will determine what the "right" furniture is, but there are a few general guidelines. First, make sure it's something fun. Versatility and a comfy design are a good combination no matter what the child's age. Secondly, be certain the furniture is safe and sturdy. Many tiny plastic chairs and character pieces are not made for uneven ground, nor constant outdoor use. The kids patio furniture you choose should be just as durable as the furniture you picked for yourself. One excellent choice is the table and bench set by KidKraft.

For maximum enjoyment of outdoor meals, it's also a good idea to keep the bugs away with candles or other methods of repellent. Just make sure it's safe for children and to use around food.

Finally, add in a few extras that children can enjoy. Maybe a colorful umbrella. Or buy some plastic dishes and cutlery in various shapes and colors for a fun touch to the meal. For very young children, you can also find bibs and tarps with various characters and in several bright colors.

The most important thing to remember when throwing a BBQ, for both yourself and your kids, is to relax and have fun.

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