Long Holiday Weekend Ahead: Outdoor Activity Suggestions to Kick Start Your Plans

With the long weekend coming up, and the Seattle area weather forecast predicting lovely sunshine for first half, thoughts about being outside may be on your mind. Would you like your 4th of July weekend plans to include gardening, outdoor entertaining or bbqing? Here are some helpful suggestions from Real Simple to kick-start your agenda.

Container gardening is a quick and fun way to get your gardening fix. Plus, plant containers add amazing splashes of color around your yard and home. Take a moment to look at 22 different container garden suggestions, with photos and instruction, to spark your imagination. Or maybe you have spot in your flower beds that needs some sprucing. Planting a garden by color might be the oomph factor your garden space needs. It’s important to have a plan when you hit the garden center near you. That way, you can shop smart to purchase the best garden plants and gear for your gardening needs.

You’d like to garden, but have a black thumb? Real Simple has you covered: The Black Thumb Guide to Gardening.

Outdoor Entertaining
If you are looking forward to watching fireworks from your back deck, or have friends over to enjoy a bbq, you’ll probably be sitting outside. What does your patio furniture look like? If it could use a good scrub, here’s a photo guide which includes instructions for cleaning outside furniture, no matter what material it is made from. Do you need some ideas of a party theme or outdoor decorating tips? Check out 30 Tips for Easy OutDoor Entertaining for creative inspiration! Need 4th of July or pool party suggestions? Here’s a Summer Party Planner to get you started.

Is grilling going to be an important weekend activity for you? Nothing’s better than a grilled burger– with 10 Gourmet Burger Recipes, there’s something to please everyone who loves a burger hot from the grill. Maybe you are hankering for some Americana? This All-American Summer Menu includes recipes for Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon and Dry Rubbed Baby Back Ribs. Are you a bbq novice? Check out Grill Like a Pro ; you’ll be up to speed and impressing your guests in no time! There’s some tricks to setting up a beautiful and functional outdoor table, but with this guide to Easy Backyard Entertaining , you can glean suggestions to keep the food bug-free and keep clean-up quick, so the hostess can enjoy her guests rather than spend hours doing wash-up.

Cheers a fun, relaxing and safe 4th of July weekend!