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Hosting a home-run backyard baseball party

Hosting a home-run backyard baseball party

Apr 26 2017

Baseball season is in full swing, and there's no better way to enjoy this uniquely American game than in the comfort of your backyard. With the right designs and features, hosting a watch party for your favorite team or the best game of the week becomes much easier.

FoodBaseball season is packed with major events, from the All-Star Game in July to the exciting October postseason.

Diamond-ready turf

Those who really eat, sleep and breathe baseball usually can't help but play a game or two once in a while, or even some practice with friends and family in between innings while watching at home. Installing synthetic turf in the backyard makes these pickup games and practices much easier on the lawn. Synthetic turf requires much less maintenance than traditional sod and isn't as prone to being kicked up by ground balls or last-second slides. In fact, since synthetic turf stays green and soft all year, you'll always have an opportunity to hit the field to take a few practice swings.

Outdoor entertaining essentials

Baseball season is packed with major events, from the All-Star Game in July to the exciting October postseason. No matter the occasion or time of year, you can have your backyard ready to host a gathering of family or friends to watch the action unfold..

  • Outdoor entertainment system

Just because you're outside enjoying the weather doesn't mean you need to miss a single pitch of the game. Install an outdoor entertainment system to bring your backyard and patio to life and allow more viewing space for your guests. These systems include TV displays and speakers to give anyone an up-close view of the game from the best seat in (or outside of) the house. And there's no need to worry about damage using weather-resistant components and waterproof enclosures. It's even possible to hide speakers under imitation stones or other features to preserve the aesthetic of your backyard's landscape.

With the right outdoor TV, you can have just as good of a view at home as you would being at the game!

  • Outdoor fireplaces or fire pits

While it may be the ideal summer sport, if your team is lucky enough, it may continue to the October playoffs and even the World Series. Dedicated fans will not want to miss these games, but enjoying them outside might be a little chilly. With an outdoor fireplace or fire pit, though, this problem is easily solved. Besides providing a little extra warmth, these features add a more inviting vibe to your backyard or patio, making them perfect for parties.

Game‚Äč day grilling and snacks

What is a baseball game without a selection of your favorite hotdogs or bratwurst cooking on the grill? Don't forget to include a BBQ island in any backyard remodel plans. If your grilling skills are a little rusty, keep these basic tips in mind when cooking:

  • Be sure to preheat the grill, as cooking blog The Kitchn suggested, for at least 10 minutes with the lid closed.
  • When cooking raw meat like bratwurst, remember to keep the lid closed unless they need to be moved. This helps food cook faster.
  • Most hotdogs come ready to eat out of the package, but some people prefer a little char from a few minutes of grilling.

Aside from the deliciousness being grilled up on the barbecue, be sure to serve both salty and sweet baseball-themed treats! These chocolate-covered pretzels from Inspiration Made Simple are made to look like baseball bats and will no doubt be a home-run with the kids. You can also serve your more traditional baseball snacks like soft salted pretzels, peanuts and nachos. Don't forget to keep a cooler full of water and sports drinks so everyone stays hydrated.

Contact System Pavers for more backyard design ideas.

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