Tips for Throwing a Successful Outdoor Party

It’s that time of year again where the temperature heats up and the sun is always shining. If you are one that loves throwing outdoor parties check out our top tips below:

1. Spread the Word
This can be done a few ways whether you want to send out a mass email, mail invitations, or even through text. No matter your method of delivery you should make sure that you include where and when and any other important information such as the party’s theme.

2. Recruit Help
Remember you don’t have to plan the party all alone. Get your spouse, close friend, or family member to help with the smaller things as this will take a few tasks off your plate.

3. Have Enough Seats
If you are having a formal dinner party make sure your dining table is ready to go and that you have enough seats. Stackable chairs and extending tables are great for larger parties. If you are having a more casual party, patio accessories like poufs can be used for chairs.

4. Respect Your Neighbors
Depending on your backyard or patio noise can travel easily which could create some angry neighbors. Your neighbors would probably appreciate a warning before the party so they can expect a noisier night. Also make sure that you are aware of the time, as you don’t want to plan any games or loud activities well into the night.

5. Stock Up
Stock up on food, drinks, ice, napkins, cutlery, and anything else you may think you might need. More is always better as you don’t want to run out of any food or drinks while the party is still in full swing. If you are short on storage, party coolers are great for keeping ice and drinks cold while coffee tables and side tables can create some extra room for appetizers.

6. Set Up Games
One of the best things about having an outdoor party in the summer is that you can plan some backyard games that will entertain your guests. Depending on the size of your backyard or patio you could easily set up a badminton net, lawn bowling, or a giant game of Jenga. Even if you have a smaller space why not play Pictionary or trivia?

7. Gather Around the Fire Pit
Lastly, once the night is winding down gather your friends and family around the fire pit to have some dessert and light conversation before the party ends for the night. Fire pits can also create a cozy nook for those who prefer a more quiet and relaxed evening.

Are you thinking of throwing an outdoor party this summer? If so, shop CABANACOAST® today!

How to Incorporate Flowers and Greenery in to Your Outdoor Space

Flowers and greenery can help tie in your green space with the rest of your backyard or patio. They can act as the perfect accent that will compliment all your patio furniture pieces. Check out our tips below on how to incorporate flowers and greenery to your outdoor space:

Size
The size of the flowers or plants that you would like to integrate into your outdoor space is extremely important. If you have a smaller space you may want to add potted flowers, herbs, and a small potted tree. However, if you have a larger space you may have a few more options. Along with the plants listed above, you could also incorporate shrubs, hedges, and larger trees.

Smell
Smell is very much based on preference. Do you love fragrant flowers or plants or do you find they can be overwhelming and distracting? Remember the space that you are creating is both for you and your guests. If you have an enclosed space fragrant flowers may not be ideal. Since it is all based on preference pick a few plants that are your favorite, just make sure not to go overboard.

Texture
Textured plants like succulents are one of the most popular plants to include in any space at the moment. Although these prickly plants look beautiful, depending on your guests they may not be right for your outdoor space. If you have younger children or you host parties where small children are in attendance it may be wise to avoid those textured plants like thorny roses or cacti.

Color
One of the great things about adding flowers and greenery to your outdoor space is that you can match the flowers and greenery to your patio furniture and cushions. For example, if you had some accent pillows in our Melon fabric, flowers that are pink, orange, yellow, and blue could coordinate well with them. However, if your patio furniture cushions already use bright and vibrant fabric colors we suggest adding some neutral colored flowers and plants to create balance in your outdoor space.

Maintenance
One last thing to consider when looking at flowers and plants to integrate into your outdoor space is the amount of maintenance you will have to do. If you do not have a green thumb, we suggest a plant that requires little maintenance such as geraniums. If you are a more experienced gardener than perhaps add some flowers or plants that need a little more care.

If you are looking for some patio furniture to add to your beautiful outdoor space shop CABANACOAST® today!

5 Ways to Transform Your Outdoor Space

 

An outdoor space should be an area where you can just sit back and relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. There are a few ways that you can transform your outdoor space into the paradise you have always dreamed of. Check out our 5 tips below:

1. Invest in Quality
If you are planning on spending lots of time outdoors during the summer months, it is crucial that you invest in high-quality patio furniture. You want to make sure that the furniture you are purchasing is durable, weather resistant, and comfy. Although the initial purchase may be a big one, it can save you money in the long run as high-quality patio furniture can last and provide comfort for several years.

2. Fire it up
Although the sun will provide warmth during the day, after it sets you will be looking for another source of heat. For those chilly nights in summer, autumn, and spring a cozy fit pit area would create the perfect gathering spot for your friends and family. A fire pit is a great way to bring the family together and catch up on the day’s adventures.

3. Kitchen Addition
If you love the idea of Al Fresco dining, it may be time to splurge on an outdoor kitchen and bar area. Having a barbecue, bar top, outdoor fridge, and sink could transform your space into outdoor entertainment heaven. Whether you are looking for a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with all the works or are looking for something a little simpler like a patio bar with some storage and seating.

4. Enhance the Entrance
Wouldn’t you like to make a statement when your guests first arrive in your backyard oasis? Don’t worry there are a few easy ways to achieve this! We suggest creating a walkway that is either lined with flowers or beautiful lanterns that will help light the way at night. If you have a gate or arbor at the entrance to your outdoor space we suggest covering it with vines or climbing roses.

5. Highlight you Favorite Features
Is there something in your backyard or patio that you absolutely adore? Why not make it a focal point! For instance, if you have a gorgeous tree in your outdoor space try adding string lights all the way up the base. If you have a shady nook in your backyard why not add a bench and a few outdoor pillows to create a cozy reading spot.

Once your outdoor space is transformed make sure to enjoy it as often as you can as summer only last so long. If you are interested in updating your patio or backyard shop CABANACOAST® today!

Top 5 Striped Fabrics

Stripe fabrics look beautiful on everything from outdoor sectionals, deep seating chairs, dining chairs, and throw pillows. Although it was hard to pick, check out our top 5 striped fabrics at the moment.

Sand Rigato
The first striped fabric we adore is Tempotest’s Sand Rigato. This Italian style fabric is manufactured in Italy and provides one of the highest qualities of outdoor furniture fabric. The solution dyed fabric provides solar heat protection, solar light protection, and UV protection. It is also water/oil repellent, resistant to mold, stains, and salt. We love Sand Rigato because it uses a range of grays to create one cohesive fabric. The contrast between the light gray and almost black color work wonderfully together and can be very versatile. Try coordinating this fabric with two of our other Tempotest fabrics such as Italian Sand or Home Sand.

Cabana Classic
Cabana Classic is a Sunbrella made fabric that is extremely high quality and is meant to last for years. This performance fabric is woven from 100% solution-dyed yarns for rich color that will go all the way through. This two toned fabric incorporates a beautiful white color that contrasts with a dark gray color. This fabric goes great with our Sailcloth Shade and Shore Classic fabrics.

Lido
Sunbrella’s Lido fabric is also one of our favorites and has been very popular due to its classic and versatile look. As other Sunbrella fabrics, it is stain and fade resistant. This fabric incorporates a navy color with a white color, as they look great together. Coordinate this fabric with other fabrics such as Spectrum Indigo and Sailcloth Salt.

Cove Pebble
If you are looking for a striped fabric that features a range of beige and gray, this may be the fabric for you. Cove pebble is a high-quality Sunbrella fabric that repels water. As previously mentioned this fabric has both elements of beige, gray, and white to it. Try coordinating this fabric with Sailcloth Space or  Hybrid Smoke.

Seville Seaside
This brightly colored fabric is perfect for creating a coastal look, whether through throw pillows or patio furniture cushions. Like other Sunbrella fabrics, Seville Seaside offers unsurpassed durability while providing up to 98% UV protection. This fabric has a variety of colors including light blue, navy, teal, light green, emerald, and lime green. Seville Seaside would look magnificent with other fabrics like Dupione Deep Sea and Ginkgo.

If you are looking to purchase some cushions for your outdoor sectional, deep seating patio chairs, dining chairs, or even throw pillows why not use one of our top striped fabrics and shop CABANACOAST® today!

10 Reasons to Dine Outside

Summer is coming and there are plenty of great reasons why you should enjoy the outdoors while eating a delicious meal. Check out our top 10 reasons why you should pick-up your plate and move the party outside!

1. Fresh Air is Good for You
It’s true what they say, fresh air can really clear the mind so what better excuse to get outside and dine with your friends and family.

2. Good for Entertaining
One of the main reasons to dine outside is that it is the perfect space for entertaining. Guests can gather around the BBQ while the grill is on, sit at the bar or dining table and engage in conversation, and relax on your patio furniture.

3. Keeps Smells Outside
When cooking inside, smells can linger for a couple of days whether they are good or bad. However, when you are cooking strong smelling foods outside, these smells will be cleared away by the air leaving your backyard and house staying fresh.

4. It is Healthier
Sitting outside on a patio in the summer can be very relaxing as you are able to sit back and enjoy the warm weather and view. Although restaurant patios can be beautiful, eating out so often can be very unhealthy. Instead, create your own customized restaurant on your backyard patio as you will have more control over what type of foods you eat.

5. Lots of space
Eating outside is perfect if you have lots of friends and family. Since there is a lot of room outside, your outdoor space will not feel overcrowded with guests.

6. Invite Dogs
By having a party outdoors instead of inside, dogs are much more welcome as they have the whole outside to play and run around.

7. Kids Paradise
Due to the increased amount of space, kids will have no problem running around, while avoiding damaging expensive household items. This gives the adults time to engage in conversations with their friends without worrying about entertaining the kids.

8. Decorating is Easier
Decorating is much easier when throwing an outdoor party as you don’t have to worry about the decorations ruining your walls or creating as big of a mess. Incorporating string lights and music will add to the ambiance.

9. Eating Outside at Night
Those summer nights spent outside are some of our favorites! When the sun eventually goes down, candles, a fire pit, and outdoor lighting have a distinctive romantic look and feel.

10. Enjoy the Outdoors
Take every moment in and enjoy relaxing outdoors with nature as summer is only here for a limited time so make the most of it.

If you are looking to dine outdoors this summer, shop CABANACOAST® patio furniture today!

How a Little Simple Maintenance Can Go a Long Way

Do you want your patio furniture to look beautiful for years to come? If so, check out our top 10 easy maintenance tips below!

1. Read Care Instructions
After you have purchased your patio furniture make sure that you have familiarized yourself with the care instructions for your wicker, aluminum, and stainless steel set so you do not use any unsuitable products that may cause damage.

2. Regular Light Cleaning
Light cleaning on your wicker, aluminum, or stainless steel patio furniture should be done on a regular basis. To maintain the furniture’s luster, use a dry and clean cloth to dust your furniture on a weekly basis.

3. Use a Gentle Cleanser
To clean wicker furniture, spray off any dirt or debris with a hose, and wipe dry with a soft cloth. For aluminum furniture, we suggest washing your furniture with a mild liquid soap such as car wash soap. Lastly, we also recommend that stainless steel is cleaned regularly with water and mild soap.

4. Avoid Harsh Treatments
Do not power wash or use chlorine bleach, pine oil, or abrasive cleansers unless directed as this could damage the furniture. Always test new solutions on a hidden area.

5. Manage Mold
Although most patio furniture is resistant to mildew and mold growth, regular cleaning will prevent any type of build up. Try to avoid letting water build up and stand on the surface of your patio furniture and cushions.

6. Use Covers
Patio furniture covers are a patio essential when looking to protect your furniture and keep it looking as good as new. There are multiple sizes available and custom options are possible as well.

7. Maintain the Furniture
High-quality patio furniture is meant to be extremely durable however if tearing or cracking does occur make sure you repair it immediately and do not use your patio furniture until it has been repaired to prevent further damage.

8. Think Ahead
Before you invest in high-quality patio furniture, make sure you are willing to put in some extra time and effort to maintain your furniture. However if you do not feel you have the time, consider hiring someone who can take care of all your backyard and patio needs.

9. Fabric Care
Sunbrella and Tempotest fabrics are stain and UV resistant fabric that is solution dyed. This high-quality fabric should be cleaned regularly before substances such as dirt accumulate and become embedded in the fabric. Simply brush off any loose dirt and clean with warm water and mild natural soap.

10. Storage
If possible we suggest storing any patio furniture items you can indoors. This will prevent any exposure to the elements. However, if you are unable to store your patio furniture inside we strongly recommend putting your cushion indoors as harsh winter conditions could take a toll on them.

If you are looking for some high-quality patio furniture, shop CABANACOAST® today!

The Ultimate Patio Umbrella Buyers’ Guide

No one likes a backyard or patio without some shade, especially during those hot summer months. The easiest way to create shade is to purchase a patio umbrella. If you are looking for a market patio umbrella, commercial patio umbrella, or a cantilever check out our patio umbrella buyers’ guide below for some tips!

Market and Commercial Patio Umbrellas
One popular feature to look for in umbrellas is whether it is able to tilt which helps to maximize the shade coverage. The 9’ft and 11’ft patio umbrellas have an auto tilt. The 8’ft by 11’ft patio umbrella is not able to tilt due to its size. Auto tilt works once the umbrella is fully open by continuing to use the crank to start the tilt feature. Button tilt works by pushing a button to tilt the umbrella.

Please see below for which size of umbrella is best suited for each table size:
7’ft Square or Round Patio Umbrella: 48″ – 42″ round patio table
9’ft Round Patio Umbrella: 60″ – 54″ patio table, 72″ rectangle patio table
8’ft by 11’ft Rectangle Patio Umbrella: 118″ rectangle patio table, 84″ rectangle patio table, 72″ rectangle patio table

Since commercial patio umbrellas are used on a more frequent basis they need to be very durable. Therefore the 7’ft and 9’ft commercial patio umbrellas do not tilt and also do not have a crank; instead, they are secured in the open position by a pin lock. The umbrella poles are also designed to be one solid piece.

Cantilever Patio Umbrellas
When shopping for a high-end cantilever patio umbrella, look for one that comes with wheels and can rotate 360°, this will make it much easier for you to move it around depending on where the sun is. Also, it is a good idea to purchase one where you can adjust the angle of the canopy to provide maximum shade coverage. Once you know which umbrella is best suited for you, you can decide on a fabric color to compliment your patio furniture cushions.

Patio Umbrella Bases
If the umbrella will be used with a table then a base that is about 40 – 60 lbs will be suitable however if the umbrella will be exposed to the wind, go with a heavier base, 70- 90 lbs. It is recommended to keep the umbrella closed on windy days. Free standing umbrellas should be used with a base that is over 90lbs. When used commercially the umbrella base should be over 90lb, although over 120lb would be best.

If you are looking to buy a market, commercial, or cantilever patio umbrella, shop CABANACOAST® today!

2017 Patio Season! We are ready for you.

Now that the ice has thawed and the flowers are blooming, we are in the full swing of things. Every season we do our best to design some gorgeous new collections and we believe 2017 is no exception. Let us officially introduce you to our four new patio furniture collections below!

Delano
The Delano balcony furniture collection contains beautifully designed luxury pieces done on a smaller scale, making it perfect for a downtown condo balcony, hotel or restaurant patio. It is available in both our Sherwin-Williams Dark Rum finish and our new Tyler-Drylac White finish. This is the first year we have designed a collection using a white finish for aluminum. This modern collection would go great with neutral fabrics like Spotlight Ash or Italian Sand. If you would like to incorporate bold fabrics we suggest Capri or Melon.

Severn
The Severn patio furniture collection features wide style SolWeave outdoor wicker on a powder coated aluminum frame with Sunbrella fabric cushions. This patio conversation group is a very comfortable size despite its smaller dimensions as it saves on space thanks to the narrow arms. The Severn Collection comes in our espresso color, which has a few different shades of brown that gives it dimension. This collection would go great with fabrics like Flax or our new fabric Home Denim.

Zen
The Zen balcony furniture collection may be compact in size but it is big on style. Modern looking fresh white wicker on edgy, streamlined swivel accent chairs will shine on a downtown condo balcony, hotel or restaurant patio. This is the first collection that is using our new pearl wicker. Although the full collection is only available in white, the accent chair and swivel accent chair also comes in our black wicker. The Zen collection would go great with fabrics such as Spectrum Indigo or even Air Blue.

Millcroft
The Millcroft sling patio furniture collection features durable cast aluminum and Sunbrella sling fabric. Sling furniture provides comfort without the need for cushions making this collection very easy to care for. The contemporary design works in modern homes, luxury homes, and commercial settings. The sling fabric is replaceable in case you change your mind on color or it is accidentally damaged. It is available in Sherwin-Williams Dark Rum with Sunbrella’s Augustine Pewter sling fabric. This gray textured fabric goes beautifully with the darker frame.

If you are looking to purchase one of our new collections for 2017, visit your local dealer and shop CABANACOAST® today!

How to Use a Party Cooler

Are you looking to purchase a party cooler but aren’t sure how much you will use it? Well, do not fear we have come up with 5 ways you can use your outdoor party cooler during summer below!

1. Ice
One way to use your newly purchased patio party cooler is for ice. It is a great idea to have a separate ice supply for drinks as it is a cleaner and more organized option. Instead of your guests just grabbing ice for their drinks with their bare hands you can put out some salad tongs where they can use that instead.

2. Decorations
Whether you are celebrating the 4th of July, Canada Day, or even your child’s birthday, party coolers could be a great way to incorporate decorations into your backyard or patio. We suggest adding some flags for the 4th of July or some balloons for a birthday party. Lastly, if you are looking to brighten up your outdoor space we recommend adding some string lights into the party cooler as it will help create some unique lighting as the sun goes down and will be a great decor piece.

3. Drinks
The most common use for a party cooler is storage for drinks, whether it is bottles or cans. Party coolers are great if you do not have enough space in your fridge for drinks but want them to stay cold. Due to the stainless steel basin, drinks will be kept cold for hours when filled with ice. Adding some water to the ice will help the drinks cool down faster and give you the opportunity to fit more drinks in the party cooler.

4. Food
Another way you could use your party cooler would be adding food items like fruit, cheese, or desserts. Since party coolers can easily accommodate ice, it will help keep certain foods cool while saving room on your main dining table.

5. Flowers
Lastly, bouquets of flowers or floating flowers in a party cooler could be a beautiful addition to any outdoor space. A fresh bouquet of flowers can really brighten up a deck or patio and is so easy to add. If you would rather have a floating flower display you can pour some water in the stainless steel basin and place the tops of flowers in it. If you are entertaining at night as well, add some candles to complete the decoration.

If you are interested in purchasing a party cooler, patio accessories, or patio furniture, visit your local dealer and shop CABANACOAST® today!

Tips For Dining Al Fresco

Do you love dining outside in the spring, summer, and fall? If so, check out our top 5 Tips for Dining Al Fresco below!

1. Create a Set-Up You Love
You never know when you may have some friends over for a dinner or a social gathering. This is why it is best to be prepared and create your perfect outdoor space before you have to entertain. Whether your want to create a formal dining area with a table and chairs or something a little more casual like a dining table and outdoor ottomans.  We also suggest using your menu and surroundings as decor. Fruit or dessert on decorative plates can make an eye-catching centerpiece whereas flowers from your garden can easily create a stunning display.

2. Make Sure to Include Lighting
Sometimes lighting can easily get overlooked when you are dining al fresco as you are more focused on the table and the food. However, it is best to take advantage of those warm summer nights and create some low lighting in your outdoor space. A fire pit is a great way to create soft lighting and some extra heat in your backyard or patio. If you are in a bit of a time crunch, add lots of candles or string lights to your outdoor space. Make sure to always have your fire pit ready to go, your string lights up, and candles on hand as you never know when you will need them.

3. Always Keep Supplies on Hand
If you have any type of outdoor storage, such as a wicker storage box, this could be a great place to keep items like blankets, a cutting board, utensils, and candles. Since you are always prepared, impromptu get-togethers can happen at a moment’s notice.

4. Choose Easy to Serve Foods
When dining al fresco it is crucial that you serve simple foods that have very little extra components. You want to make it easier on yourself so serving foods that are hand-held are ideal. Consider serving foods like chicken tenders or hummus and pita that are easy to eat. Do you have some extra meat or veggies lying around? Add some spices, fire up the grill and you are ready to go! The best part about barbecuing is that there is virtually no cleanup.

5. Get Those Pests Under Control
Mosquitoes and other bugs can spoil a party because all they want to do is bother your guests. We suggest lighting some citronella candles or tiki lights filled with citronella oil to ward off the bugs. Make sure to keep any food in covered containers and keep all your juices, sodas, and cocktail mixers closed and away.

If you are thinking of dining al fresco this season, head over to your local dealer and shop CABANACOAST® today