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Keeping a chest inside of beach paraphernalia - floats, leis, sunglasses, and even a pirate’s eye patch will keep your children entertained as you try to prepare dinner.
You can also have a country theme on your deck. My great-aunt has this huge covered deck and on it she uses old barrels as side tables and chairs; for chairs part of barrel is cut for back and previous top of barrel as nailed down as seat. There’s kind of a country atmosphere there with added touches of old Pepsi bottles, signs, and tools hanging on wall as well as flowers hanging from every corner of roof.
Whatever theme you decide to use on your deck, essentials are a table and chairs with some extra seating and side tables. If your deck is too small for that, you can simply purchase a couple of Adirondack chairs and side tables to match. Your parties may be smaller, but you can always put a picnic table in yard to seat more people. Choose your own theme; a deck is a place where you can put your favorite random items to good use. So from Coca-Cola to country to classic, create your own deck decorations and spend rest of summer enjoying your friends on your jazzy new deck.
And no one will care if it's not an official Veranda.
Elizabeth Holly lives in the South and writes for women about fashion, fitness, frolic and focus. Visit her at http://www.elizabethholly.com.