Spruce Up Your NJ Outdoor Kitchen Design in Time for Independence Day
January 27th, 2015 | By: Mitchell Knapp | Landscaping BlogIn a few short weeks, it’ll be the 4th of July. It truly is a day when you can pretty much smell freedom and patriotism in the air. Do you have any plans for celebrating the birth of the Red, White, and Blue? If you’re only thinking about it now, chances are that your options are already limited as you’re pressed for time. However, there is one surefire way to celebrate Independence Day that will be a hit with everyone: throw a backyard barbecue! In fact, an article from The Huffington Post claims that it’s one of the top 5 ways to celebrate Independence Day: "Throw a BBQ. Hosting a BBQ has the distinct advantage of forcing everyone to come to you, plus, guests are basically delighted to eat pretty much anything that's been cooked over a grill, so your menu can be as simple as hot dogs and hamburgers or as fancy as steak and shrimp. Add some salads, a few bowls of chips and dip, some beer and soft drinks on ice, and some patriotic plates and napkins, and you've got yourself a celebration." By now, your mind has probably already wandered off thinking of all the burgers and steaks you can consume. Before you go down that lane, however, you need to prepare a few things first, starting with your backyard. Your Backyard Do your plants look a bit parched? Does the outdoor kitchen and living space look dated? If so, you may want to address these issues first before anything else. Luckily, many NJ outdoor kitchen design experts like Tapestry Landscape Architecture can give your backyard the facelift it needs, helping you impress your guests. At the same time, doing so is a great investment as it could increase the value of your home substantially. Lighting This year, the 4th of July conveniently falls on a Friday, meaning you can keep the party going well into the evening (especially if your guests live nearby). If you plan to do this, choose lighting that sets a good mood. Consult experts in both residential and commercial landscape design in NJ to see what type of lighting will help flatter your landscape the most. Preparing these things may seem like a lot of hoopla, but think of it this way: dates are much more romantic in a fancy restaurant than in the McDonalds a block down. Why? It’s all in the ambience! Spruce up your backyard, and it’ll go a long way in making your barbecue the one your guests will be using as a benchmark for future barbecues.