Given your busy schedule, you may not have had time to think about Father’s Day, let alone prepare for it. We feel your pain. If your husband or dad enjoys grilling, and in the interest of helping you prepare, we have collected easy tips to help you get ready for a Father’s Day barbecue.
Father’s Day can be a great excuse to kill two birds with one stone and get that new grill or barbecue tool he has had his eye on. Giving the man of the house a grill for Father’s Day is not only a great gift idea, it’s also motivation to fix up the patio for upcoming national celebrations in July. Presentation is everything, you know.
We have 7 tips to guide you through cleaning and setting up your patio to get it ready for hosting parties.
1. Clean Off the Patio
First off, take a good look at your patio. How’s it looking? If it has been a while since you have cleaned off the surface of your patio, you may need to use soap and water to brighten it up again.
2. Refinish the Surface
After you have cleaned off and set up the patio, you can look at the needs of your patio surface itself. If it's looking like it needs a refinish, you may want to look into getting that done in time for July celebrations. Five Star Painting offers patio and deck refinishing services, and your can schedule an estimate directly through our site. Choose a time and date that works for your schedule by clicking HERE!
3. Clean the Patio Furniture
If you don’t have any patio furniture, it might be time to invest in some. If you already have patio furniture, how’s it looking this year? Clean off your patio furniture at least once a year, so that sitting on it will not be damaging or hazardous to your clothes. Do your research before you start going at your furniture with a hose. Some surfaces require special treatment and attention to keep them looking bright and to avoid damaging the materials. Check out our how-to guide!
4. Recover Seat Cushions
After a while the seat covers may have faded or maybe you’re just bored with the pattern. Perhaps those chevron print seat cushions just are not doing it for you anymore. Before purchasing a new set and forking over a large wad of cash (seriously, even cushions at the big box stores are pricey!), check out this handy DIY for drawstring seat covers.
5. Research Your Options
With the patio all setup, it’s time to go pick out the perfect new grill as the ultimate Father’s Day gift for the best dad in the world. You may need to do some research on what kind of grilling gear to buy. Epicurious.com has the ultimate list to help you get on the right track before you start shopping. Like indoor cooking, outdoor cooking requires the right equipment. When you’re just learning to grill, you only need a few key pieces. But as your repertoire expands beyond burgers and steaks, you may want to add additional accessories for cooking fish, vegetables, pizza, and ribs.
6. Bring Home the Grill
Now that your patio and everything on it is clean and beautiful, it’s time to roll out the shiny, new grill to present it to Dad for Father’s Day.
After all this work, just think of how much easier it will be to set up for the next barbecue party. Plus, the man of the house will likely want to show off his new toy to the neighbors. This will make your cooking job easier so you can focus on making dessert.
7. Don’t Forget the Meat (and Veggies!)
Finally, here is a grilling recipe for grilled lamb chops you can tryout together for Father’s Day dinner. Also, don't be afraid to try different produce items on the grill this Father's Day and throughout the summer. Squash, romaine lettuce, broccoli, corn and cabbage all get a nice smokey taste when cooked on the grill, and Dad will appreciate what those extra veggies do for his waistline.
To ensure your home and backyard are fully ready for Father's Day and other summertime events, give the professional exterior refinishers at Five Star Painting a call! We can inspect the trim, siding, patio and other outdoor surfaces at your home to ensure longetivity and beauty, all summer-long!