Backyard Staycation: Frugal Vacation You’ll Love!

Backyard Staycation: Frugal Vacation You’ll Love!

Introduction Backyard Staycation

Are you looking for an easy way to escape the everyday routine of your life? Look no further than a backyard staycation!

With a bit of creativity, you can transform your own space into a paradise where you and your family can play together, relax, and make endless lasting memories.

If funds are low, consider a backyard staycation.

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Plus, with all the extra time saved from travel planning and packing, you’ll be surprised by how much more vacation there is in store for you during your very own staycation. Read on for backyard staycation ideas that will give your family the getaway you all deserve.

Definition of Backyard Staycation

Are you looking to make the most of summer without spending a fortune? If so, a vacation at home is an ideal solution!

Whether you’re a mom trying to keep your kids entertained, or just someone wanting to relax in the comfort of their own home, you have probably heard of staycations and wondered what they are.

A backyard staycation is exactly what it sounds like – taking time off work and enjoying some fun activities and relaxation in your own outdoor space instead of traditional vacations. With some creative planning and good preparation, this type of vacation can be just as exciting as traveling far away and save you money as well!

In this blog, I’ll give backyard staycation ideas so you can have the perfect vacation at home!

Planning Your Backyard Staycation

Planning for your at-home vacation can be an enjoyable and cost-effective way to enjoy a vacation without leaving the comfort of your own home. Whether you have a small yard or a large one, creating a tranquil space that meets your relaxation needs is important.

Consider adding a comfortable seating area with a shade umbrella, grills for outdoor cooking, and string or landscape lighting for ambiance. If you have a pool, a poolside cabana or lounge chairs can provide the ultimate relaxation spot.

a woman is in a lounge chair under an umbrella - backyard staycation.

Don’t forget to set the mood with your favorite playlist. With a little creativity, your staycation can be just what you need to unwind, recharge, and escape the stresses of everyday life.

Setting a Budget

The first step in planning a staycation is to set a budget. By setting a budget and sticking to it, you can enjoy all the perks of a vacation without the added stress of overspending.

So, take some time to plan your budget and start looking forward to a well-deserved staycation.

Choosing a Theme

Choosing the perfect theme for your staycation can be a fun and exciting process.

When deciding on a theme, consider what activities you enjoy doing and what you want to get out of your staycation. For example, if you love being outdoors, consider a theme centered around nature.

If you’re looking to relax, try a spa-themed staycation with massages, facials, and bubble baths. Whatever theme you choose, make sure that it’s tailored to your interests and that you take the time to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Creating a List of Activities and Games

There are plenty of activities and games available to keep everyone entertained.

Start with a classic like frisbee or soccer, or add some excitement with a giant Jenga set or water balloon toss. Set up a scavenger hunt or obstacle course to challenge the whole family.

A boy is catching a frisbee - backyard staycation.

For some quieter activities, consider setting up a reading nook, painting station, or even a bird-watching spot.

Setting the Scene

With a little creativity, a backyard staycation can feel like a luxurious getaway. First, create a cozy seating area by arranging comfortable patio furniture and blankets. Add ambiance with string lights or candles.

Next, set the scene with activities like backyard games or an outdoor movie night. For a touch of relaxation, consider investing in a hammock or outdoor spa.

people are watching a movie outside - backyard staycation.

Lastly, don’t forget about the refreshments! Stock up on snacks and drinks to enjoy in the comfort of your own backyard oasis. With these simple ideas, you can easily turn your backyard into a staycation destination that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Cleaning and Organizing Your Backyard

Start by removing any clutter or debris that has accumulated over time. After decluttering, consider adding some new dΓ©cor, such as a hammock, some outdoor lights, or potted plants, to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

With a little bit of effort, your backyard can be transformed into the perfect backyard staycation destination.

Adding Decorations

You can transform your outdoor space into a relaxing oasis by adding decorations and lighting. String lights, lanterns, or candles can create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Additionally, adding some decorative elements like potted plants, outdoor rugs, and colorful throw pillows can help tie the space together and make it feel more like a vacation destination.

Setting Up Seating and Dining Areas

Plan seating and dining areas by considering the available space and the number of users. A mix of comfortable seating options is always a good idea. Set up lounge chairs or a hammock for reclining and reading, and cozy seating around a fire pit for cooler nights.

You could set up bistro tables with chairs or you could consider al fresco dining by setting up a long banquet table. Or use individual picnic tables that can be scattered around the space.

You can even get creative and add fun touches like outdoor rugs or garden dΓ©cor to help create a relaxing atmosphere.

Food and Drink Ideas for Your Backyard Staycation

Looking for ideas to pair with your plans in the backyard? Why not try something new with your food and drinks?

From fruity spritzers to refreshing mocktails, there are more than a few options to consider. Perhaps you can satisfy your cravings with some tasty BBQ recipes like grilled chicken or ribs, or you can whip up some fresh salads and veggies. Pizza is also a classic favorite and easy to make with store-bought dough.

And don’t forget about the sweets! Ice cream cones or s’mores around the fire pit can quickly become a new family favorite activity.

Ingredients for s'mores: marshmallows on sticks, graham crackers, and chocolate by a fire - backyard staycation.

Backyard Picnic

Picnics are a fun way to take advantage of the warm weather and make the most of your staycation. Bask in the sun, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy a delicious meal with your loved ones.

A backyard picnic is a great way to relax and unwind for a few without breaking the bank. You can set the mood by playing your favorite tunes or even playing games like frisbee or cornhole.

So grab a blanket, pack some sandwiches, and enjoy an afternoon in your backyard. It’s the perfect recipe for a relaxing day.

Grilling and BBQ Options

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a homecation with some delicious grilled and barbecued meals. There are plenty of options to choose from to satisfy both meat lovers and vegetarians.

One classic option is grilled burgers with all the fixings, like lettuce, tomato, and cheese. For a healthier alternative, try grilling chicken breasts and pairing them with a fresh summer salad.

BBQ lovers can also indulge in some classic options, like pulled pork or beef brisket paired with homemade BBQ sauce. Whatever your preference, grilling and BBQing at home is the perfect way to treat yourself to a delicious and relaxing stay-at-home.

Refreshing Beverages and Cocktails

As we opt for backyard retreats, it’s important to have a refreshing drink or cocktail to quench our thirst and make the experience extra special.

From fruit-infused water to classic margaritas, there are countless options to choose from. For a non-alcoholic option, try infusing water with lemon, strawberry, and mint for a fruity and refreshing blend.

strawberry margaritas - backyard staycation.
Strawberry Margaritas

For those who like to indulge in a little boozy pleasure, think about wine chillers or shake up a classic margarita or a tropical mai tai. Don’t forget to add some colorful garnishes for an extra pop of fun.

Whatever your drink of choice may be, cooling down with a delicious beverage is an essential part of the backyard staycation experience.

Easy Snack Ideas

Summer staycations are the perfect time to enjoy the backyard with family and friends. And what better way to indulge in the great outdoors than with some delicious and easy-to-make snacks?

There are endless options to choose from, ranging from healthy bites to more indulgent treats. For instance, whip up some refreshing fruit skewers, crunchy vegetable sticks with hummus, or a tasty antipasto plate.

fruit skewers: grapes, blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, and strawberry - backyard staycation
Fruit Skewers

For those with a sweet tooth, try making s’mores, banana boats, or homemade ice cream sandwiches. These snack ideas are not only easy to prepare but are sure to satisfy any craving while creating the perfect backyard ambiance.

Activities and Outdoor Games for a Backyard Staycation

When it’s time for your nearcation, there are plenty of ways to have fun without leaving your backyard. From outdoor movies to classic lawn games like horseshoes and cornhole to newer favorites like Spikeball and KanJam, there are endless options to choose from.

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Outdoor Movie Night

To take the relaxation factor up a notch, consider hosting an outdoor movie night.

All you need is a projector, screen, and some cozy seating, and you have yourself a backyard theater. In addition, add some string lights so you can make for an even cozier ambiance. And don’t forget the popcorn!

It’s the perfect way to unwind and enjoy a film under the stars.

Board Games and Card Games

Board games and card games are a great way to keep the whole family entertained.

From classic favorites like Monopoly and Scrabble to newer games like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride, there’s no shortage of options to choose from.

For a more active game, try outdoor versions of games like Jenga, Connect Four, and Yahtzee.

Camping in Your Backyard

Camping in your backyard can be just as adventurous as heading out to a national park or camping ground, without the travel expenses or hassle. Set up a tent, roll out your sleeping bags, and build a bonfire for the ultimate backyard experience.

Not only is it a great way to connect with the great outdoors, but it also allows you to disconnect from the digital world and spend quality time with your loved ones.

DIY Backyard Games

DIY backyard games are a great way to enjoy the summer sun while keeping the fun close to home!

Cornhole, the classic bean bag toss game, is easy to make with plywood and some basic tools. Looking for a bigger challenge? Build a giant Jenga tower with wooden blocks and bring it to life with some colorful paint.

outside jenga, blocks of wood stacked up - backyard staycation
Giant outside Jenga

Ladder toss and horseshoes are also simple and fun lawn games that you can create on your own. Gather your family and friends and let the games begin!

Conclusion to Backyard Staycation

With the backyard staycation ideas we’ve discussed, you can enjoy a variety of family activities. Not only do you save money, but you also get to spend quality time with your family and friends.

Try a Backyard Staycation!

In conclusion, a backyard staycation can be an amazing way to enjoy a weekend without having to leave home. The backyard staycation ideas suggested above are just the tip of the iceberg. Get creative and plan your own unique staycation that fits your budget and lifestyle. According to Forbes Magazine, taking a vacation can save your life! So, don’t neglect going on a vacation!

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Plus, by planning and taking steps to make your backyard feel like a vacation paradise, you can maximize your staycation experience while showing off your style! So grab some snacks, lay out a picnic blanket or some outdoor furniture, and let yourself have an enjoyable experience right in the comfort of your own yard.

You never know just how much fun you can have until you try a backyard staycation!


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      1. I love the planner. Thanks! Sadly, my backyard has scorpions and pygmy rattlers and other reasons to not lay around. We do play horseshoes there occasionally. Remember to pick them up cautiously.

        1. I remember those days. I grew up in South Florida. I HATED the scorpions. BUT the scorpions are better than the “snakes” and other swamp creatures in NY.

      2. I absolutely love the idea of a staycation!! Even though it has been a very long time since I’ve taken a vacation, I still like the idea of making our backyard a comfy place to relax as if we were on vacation. You’ve given me some really great ideas of additional things to do on a staycation.

        1. I’m thrilled that I’ve inspired you to try a backyard staycation! I hope you have a fun time, Karen! πŸ™‚

      3. Cheap and on your terms. What’s not to like? A cleaned home, some beach-scented candles, and lots of sunbathing. That’s enough for me to forget the world.

      4. Great list of Backyard staycation ideas for this summer! I appreciate the frugal and fun options you included as well!

      5. Such cool ideas! I love all the fun activities you can plan right in your own backyard and adding the decor is such a cute idea.

      6. Love these ideas! Outdoor movie nights are the best! With nice mood lighting a fire pit, and comfortable seating. you can’t go wrong!

        1. Thank you so much for the compliments, Tom! It means a lot to me! I LOVE your blog – you have such interesting posts!

      7. The great thing about Covid is that it got us exploring close to home and being creative with our travel dollars. My husband and I are still exploring our state.

      8. Really cute ideas and great motivation to clean up the yard and plan special snacks and games. We really DON”T have to leave home to have fun when we put our minds to it. I love the Giant Jenga.

        1. So fun! I love the idea of a giant Jenga! I’m going to steal some of these ideas for an upcoming birthday party as well. πŸ™‚

      9. Thank you for this great blog post. I love the idea of setting up my backyard for entertaining. I want to explore a movie night outside with food and drinks. Great photos too!

      10. Great ideas. My husband and I did a STATE-cation a couple of years ago. We saw so much of Colorado that we hadn’t taken the time to see in the 20 years that we have lived here!

      11. This post was so fun! So many great ideas. I’ve been trying to be more budget friendly lately, so I will definitely be stealing some of these ideas.

      12. I love the food ideas and the snacks look delicious! I love being at home. We have a pond so when we vacay at home the kids go fishing in the pond. The downside is that it’s so hot during the summer months to be outside for long.

      13. Really love this idea and all the small ideas to make it an enjoyable experience while saving some serious money! Thank you!

      14. Yeah, my brother did this but in his front yard. He pitched a tent and he and his son (my nephew) stayed in there like they were off somewhere camping. Why not? Thanks for sharing!

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