If you are planning on having nearby family, neighbors, or friends over for Thanksgiving, you can still make it happen. All you need to do is plan and prepare. Here are some fantastic tips for hosting Thanksgiving on deck.
Have a Plan B
We never know what the weather will be in Maryland. It’s always best to have a plan B when preparing an outdoor feast. Be sure to have a clear idea of how to host the meal both indoors and outdoors in case of rain or strong winds.
Inspect the Deck
If you are planning to host Thanksgiving on deck, you’ll need to inspect the structure thoroughly to ensure that it is safe to bear weight. Too many deck parties have made the headlines for unexpected collapses due to rotting ledger boards and structural beams. Check every part of the structure for rot, insect damage, mold or mildew, and missing or loose nails.
Repair and Spruce
Once the deck is structurally sound, you can then go on to repair any warping boards, loose railing, and rough surfaces. Wooden decks, in particular, require routine cleaning, sanding, and sealing. Otherwise, a deep clean will be all you need to spruce it up for the party.
Next, consider your lighting options. If you don’t want to bother with early winter evenings, host a Thanksgiving lunch. Otherwise, one can affordably light up the outdoor space with post cap lights, stringed lights, or solar lamps. One can also install sconces and deck stair lights for high-end illumination and safety.
Arrange the Setting
Have a strategy of how you will serve the food. One way is to keep the dishes indoors so they will be less likely to grow cold. Remember to make enough seating for everyone and provide durable furniture.
Add a Firepit
If you are not hosting Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family, but still have to have a get together, you can always set up the deck to have a quality fireside gathering. When adding a firepit to your deck, be sure to take every safety precaution to avoid a catastrophe.
Once you’ve set up all the basics, it’s time to decorate and enjoy your fresh new deck. If you have any last-minute repairs to do before this Thanksgiving, call United Fence & Deck!
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