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In previous parks we have lived in entertaining wasn’t really a thing for us. We tried multiple times to have people over for dinner, or just to sit outside and enjoy the scenery while having a beer or glass of wine. Unfortunately that didn’t really happen much until I moved to Isleton, CA. Where I was parked there was a huge trellis separating our RV park from the trailer park next door. The folks on one side of me, ( 2 different rigs) where almost never home. The folks on the other side of me I became really good friends with. We all had dogs and the green, lush “backyard” as we affectionately called it became a communal area. We were at one end of the park apart from most of the others so we were able to let the dogs run around off leash. We had our little folding chairs and a fire pit which I had acquired (with permission of course) from a site that had left it. It was made from a dryer drum with some metal legs welded on to it. It was pretty genius myself.
Being able to sit outside with people who were a blast to spend time around was very special for me. Didn’t matter if it was hot or cold. We just all enjoyed being able to sit around and enjoy each other’s company. It usually occurred on weekends after a long work week. Since I had not been able to really socialize much at the other parks I had lived at I was in heaven having so many friends around. I knew it wouldn’t last forever since Michael was due to come back from Korea eventually, but it definitely made the time he was gone pass by quicker. I am a very social person. I love to talk to people. I also love dogs which is one reason why I became such tight friends with my immediate neighbors because Tuffy (their Bichon Frise) became Lese’s boyfriend. We went over to their rig every morning to spend some time. My friend and I took up the recliners while the dogs sat on our laps wrestling. Apparently Tuffy never EVER played with a dog in his entire 10 years on this earth like he did with Lese.
Anyways, back to what I was originally writing the post about.
My main point in the back story is to say that spending time making new friends is one of the best feelings ever. It doesn’t take much to make a place that is comfortable for everyone to come and spend time at. When I moved to this new park here near Fort Gordon I decided I wanted to have a place that I could invite people over and spend time with them.
That’s when I remembered an email I had received several months back about this portable outdoor furniture called Slim Furniture. Slim Furniture is wonderful because it can be packaged up into a very small compacted piece that easily would fit in an RV when it comes time to move. I decided the best set for us would be the Barcelona Outdoor Set. This way we could also use the ottomans for extra seating if we needed it.
So to make your outdoor space entertainment ready here are 10 ways I have come up with that will help in that process.
1. Comfortable Seating – As I mentioned above I have the Slim Furniture which after its first use last night seemed to get the vote for most comfy out of all the options we have for where we can hang out when my neighbors and I get together. Make sure you spray your outdoor seating cushions with Scotch-guard to help preserve it for years to come.
2. Side Tables or Accent Tables – I mention these because when your entertaining it’s important to have a place for people to put their drinks or food. I found THESE adorable little folding tables at Target that I plan on getting in the near future that will be perfect for doing just that!
3. Portable Fire Pit – Of course this won’t get a lot of use during the summer time but when it starts to get cooler outside it will be perfect. Having a fire pit was one of my all time favorite things when we had get togethers. There are several different styles you can get that are easily portable.
A. The first one I will mention you can buy on Amazon. The legs fold up and it comes with a bag to carry it in. When we were in Carmel I knew a couple who had one of these and they were great!
B. The second kind I also met a couple in Carmel, CA who had one of these. I thought it was really neat. Since it’s propane you can control the flames better. I am thinking of getting one of these for outside our rig when the weather cools down. Again you can buy one on Amazon.
C. The third kind isn’t as portable but it is definitely cool. It is the dryer drum fire pit similar to the one (pictured above) we used in Isleton, CA. You can visit MyNameIsNotKing’s blog post on to learn how to build your own.
4. Outside Decorations – As far as making your outside space cozy and inviting adding your own decor really helps with that. I went to Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart looking for the perfect outdoor rug. I finally found it at Walmart. I also got several plants, both from Walmart and Lowes to put around the entertainment area. I bought this little metal cactus decoration at Walmart along with 2 strands of outdoor lights. I got a little patriotic bow to hang on the backdoor. I have a cute little wooden sign I am planning on ordering from Michaels store online. I also found a couple of plants stands and baskets for my potted plants.
5. Grills – Everyone loves a good bbq. There are several different grills out there on the market that are smaller so they are more portable and great for RV living. If your interested in more extensive list of different grills that I believe are best suited for camping or full-time living check out my blog post about space-saving products for camping or RV living.
This one shown below is the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Gas Grill I liked this one for the fact it can hold a full sized propane tank but is still able to be easily moved.
6. Insect Repellents – Everyone knows bugs are a big deterrent to spending time outdoors especially if your cooking. Flies constantly land on your food or your being eaten alive by mosquitoes the size of Texas. Although I haven’t tried it yet I have seen these Thermacell Mosquito Repeller Torches.
I think if these next items don’t work then I will try out the torches above. I like the way they look too!
We had flies galore the first night we sat outside with our neighbors when they were cooking ribs. When we entertained at our place recently we had the same issue even though there was no food. After the sun went down the flies disappeared but then the gnats and mosquitoes began to come out. I ordered these the other night and I will post the update on here after they arrive and we get a chance to use them. I of course got a traditional bug lantern to begin with.
I also bought these Rescue Fly Traps from Amazon. They are supposed to be reusable to trap and kill the flies. All you have to do is fill it with water. No poisons or killing agents are used.
Well there you have it folks. 6 wonderful ways to make your outside RV space entertainment ready so you can enjoy the spending time with your friends and family outdoors!