Making the Most of Your Backyard
When reading through my Facebook feed the other day, I came across the following request for recommendations: “So in love with our little back yard and dying to get some use out of it. Any suggestions for fun backyard games for a smaller yard? (other than beer pong, that is :-)”
As a brainstorm loving, creative, idea person, I could barely control myself. The options were endless. My first thought was “Armadillo washers – I LOVE a good game of washers. It’s social and competitive and VERY Texas.” But the more I thought about it, the ideas kept flowing: “What about Giant Jenga? I have been wanting to play a game of Jenga with my kids and Giant Jenga looks like twice the fun! And, there’s always horseshoes and croquet – oldies but goodies in my mind. And, I saw this really cool Giant Connect Four game on Amazon the other day – that looks fun.” And the brainstorm in my head went on…
This morning I woke up with a new view on this whole backyard dilemma. Why pick one thing (or even two)? Why not have a rotating backyard “play station”? Rather than buying one game that you can get tired of after a while, you could rent one for a day or a week and then trade it in and rent another? Or, have a standing backyard game night with friends or neighbors and rent a new game each time. From experience I know that games get played with a lot at first but then the excitement wanes and they fall by the wayside. This way you wouldn’t have a bunch of unused stuff laying around. Plus, I would personally enjoy my backyard MORE if there was something new to play on a regular basis.
I looked on loanables.com for some ideas that I could share with my Facebook friend and the options were endless. I saw the Giant Jenga and Giant Connect Four I had been thinking of but there was also Giant Chess, Ladder Golf, and a ton of really great inflatable games (how cool does Inflatable Simon Says sound?) that I would love to try out. They even have bundles which included more than one game which would be so great for a party. There are enough choices to have a new one every week all summer or every month all year and I am sure they would add more if people requested them (giant scrabble perhaps?). I got so excited about what I found that I started to think about my own backyard and how I could try out some of these games by renting them.
So, if you are looking for a way to make the best of your backyard or looking for some new games to play with your family or friends, maybe renting is the way to go, I am on to my next brainstorm – Saturday afternoon backyard party themes – food, drinks, and games. I can’t wait – I am thinking “Old Fashioned Family BBQ” or “Board Games are Bigger in Texas” or “Family Olympics” and if my kids are away at a friend’s one Saturday I am not counting out “Just Like in our College Days” complete with Beer Pong!