Give your outdoor space a makeover

Temperatures are finally warming up in Milwaukee, which means that it's time to consider your outdoor furniture and how you can make the space really appealing. Since you won't be able to use your yard for the entire year, you may not be willing to invest as much in making this area hospitable as someone in Los Angeles or a similar always-sunny climate would. But that doesn't mean that you can't take the time to make your backyard, porch or patio particularly nice this year. 

The first thing to consider is seating. Rather than just bringing out tables and chairs when you're hoping to dine al fresco, keeping a section of outdoor furniture already out there will minimize the amount of work you have to do before you enjoy a meal outside. Similarly, you might want to reconsider the cushions that go on your chairs. If you're using a set that you've had for a while and they've seen better days, consider having them recovered at your local Milwaukee fabric store so that you can use them for another few years. 

Next, you will want to make your dining area as picturesque as possible. Consider bringing in potted plants to surround the table and create a special ambiance. You also might want to bring out candles, which can help to keep away bugs and brighten the area during dinner. 

Once you've done these things, set up a picnic basket filled with your outdoor dining essentials, including clean dishes, cups and flatware so that setting the table will be a breeze. Before you know it, you will be eating in your backyard all the time.