Find Rest & Respite in Your Own Backyard

Interiors & Decor

This post is brought to you by Belgard.

These days walking outside to my backyard feels like a vacation in itself. As most of us will be spending the summer staying close to home with our immediate families, we couldn’t be more thrilled to be offering a HUGE giveaway today to help one lucky reader upgrade their backyard entertaining space.

I will admit that outdoor living isn’t where my expertise lies but lately I find myself wandering around Pinterest more and more, collecting images of gorgeous backyards and dreaming of someday creating a space of my own that our kids, neighbors, and friends can enjoy with us.

When it comes to outdoor spaces, the sky is really the limit. You can go big, creating an entire living space complete with lounge furniture and speakers—I’ve even seen people put a T.V. in their outdoor space!! I’m a little more practical (more power to those people who are really going for it!) but it can be easy to become overwhelmed with all the choices AND costs associated with an outdoor space. 

After looking at my own space (which is smallish) and my budget (even smaller), I put together a list of easy ways to make a big impact in your backyard.

  1. Clean it up. It seems simple, but if you’re looking at your backyard and feeling a bit “meh” about the space, pull up your sleeves and get a good cardio workout by tackling all the leaves, brush, twigs, and other debris that accumulates over the winter. It’s surprising how much of an impact neat and tidy landscaping can have in improving the use of your outdoor space. 
  2. Add lights. Twinkling lights make even the simplest of spaces quaint and romantic. They can help provide better lighting for nighttime fun so you aren’t dancing and drinking under the floodlights. 
  3. Create seating areas. Only have a small patio? Create a small area for reading and another for eating and drinking. Use furniture and small outdoor rugs to help divide the space and make the most out of your hard surfaces. And hey, what about adding a hammock or some lawn chairs across the yard? It will draw your attention outward, helping the space feel bigger and more useful. 
  4. Add a fire pit. This is a fantastic way to add hardscaping to your space. A fire pit can be used for roasting marshmallows and gathering friends and family long past sunset. And, it’s a surprisingly simple installation process. 

We’ve teamed up with Belgard to help make one of these tips a reality for one lucky reader. Belgard is giving away one (1) Flagstone Concrete Fire Pit Kit

Belgard Firepit
Enter to win your very own Flagstone Concrete Firepit Kit from Belgard. See details below.

You can read all the details about Belgard’s Flagstone Concrete Firepit Kit here, along with all the detailed installation instructions, should you want to check it out before entering our giveaway.* 

Wishing you the best of luck and let’s enjoy the outdoor spaces we have this summer!

Want a chance to enter your very own Flagstone Concrete Fire Pit Kit?

Comment below and tell us who you’d like to invite to share in a relaxing evening around a bonfire (when it’s safe to do so, of course). We will select one (1) winner at random on Thursday, 05/21/20 at 12 noon CST.

* Please note: The winner will receive the shipment at their destination of choice, with the opportunity to arrange for delivery if the winner is available to be at home during the delivery window. Giveaway will be open for one week after initial posting. Winner will be selected at random. No purchase necessary. Giveaway is only open to residents of the continental United States. The recipient must be able to accept delivery on their property; unable to deliver the product to an apartment complex.

Editor’s Note: This post was sponsored by Belgard. The compensation we receive in exchange for placement on Wit & Delight is used to purchase props, hire a photographer, write/edit the blog post and support the larger team behind Wit & Delight.

While compensation was received in exchange for coverage, all thoughts and opinions are always my own. Sponsored posts like these allow us to continue to develop dynamic unsponsored content.

Thank you for supporting our partners!

BY Kate Arends - May 14, 2020

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
May 14, 2020 10:57 am

This pandemic has really brought me and my sister closer together so it would be cool to share a fire pit night with her! I would have never said this last year. 😂😂

May 14, 2020 11:11 am

Would love to spend a solid evening chatting under the stars in the back yard while gazing into some flickering flames. Definitely something I’d look forward to once my husband is back from deployment. 💕

Brenda Yohannes
May 14, 2020 11:15 am

I’d love to be able to sit around the fire with my family.

May 14, 2020 11:26 am

Would love to spend the evening around the fire pit with my family making s’mores and enjoying the night sky!

May 14, 2020 11:36 am

we can’t wait to be able to have our group of 6 friends over again. we get together once a month, rotating hosts. we are up next, for our first in person get together in 3 months! it would be awesome to host everyone in a lovely new outdoor space with a fancy firepit!

May 14, 2020 11:48 am

I would share the fire pit with my family!

May 14, 2020 12:11 pm

Oh, so fun! My husband and I have been thinking through a fire pit in our backyard for the last two months, and haven’t made a move yet. It’s our first house, and we’re eager to spend time with each other outside, as well as invite my dad, who recently lost his job (#pandemiclife) over for a socially distanced chat!

Briel K.
May 14, 2020 12:35 pm

I’d love to have my family gather at my parents house for a night of bbq and a bonfire! They have an awesome backyard and it’s the perfect place to gather.

Raelene Wouda
May 14, 2020 12:45 pm

We were planning our wedding for this year, but had to cancel bc of the international travel restrictions imposed (my family are from overseas). I would love to have just a few of those family and friends around to celebrate being able to gather together again.

Carol Harwood
May 14, 2020 12:45 pm

I would love to spend time with my kids and grandchildren around the fire making s’mores. It’s my birthday today, it will be fun to celebrate together hopefully soon.

May 14, 2020 3:09 pm

I would love to relax around the fire with my husband and son, and my parents!! We’ve been missing our family so much these past many weeks.

Elyse Bussell
May 14, 2020 3:09 pm

My husband and I are buying our first home and weren’t sure it would even be possible. The home needs some work and will have to take on the projects slowly, but a fire pit would be so fun to have all of our friends and family over to celebrate this milestone with! I also grew up with a fire pit and would love for my daughter to have one as well! They were the best memories!

Natalie M
May 14, 2020 3:10 pm

My dad built the kids a huge 8×8 sandbox last summer and we have been building mini fires in it for roasting marshmallows and such. We would love a beautiful (real) fire pit for family ukelele+s’more fun!!!

Anne Jensen
May 14, 2020 3:10 pm

I would love to spend time with my neighbors once they feel safe!

May 14, 2020 3:11 pm

One of my dearest friends brought a new baby boy into the world & I have the honor of being his godmother. So they are #1 on my list to gather around a cozy fire with!

May 14, 2020 3:14 pm

When everything settles down, I’d like to relax by the fire with my sister and her sled dog.

May 14, 2020 3:21 pm

I miss my family so much. I would love to have my dad, brother, sister in law and their new little baby over for cocktails around a firepit when things loosen up.

May 14, 2020 3:23 pm

I would honestly love to invite all of our neighbors over for a bonfire. We are relatively new to the neighborhood and have yet to meet them all! <3

May 14, 2020 3:29 pm

roasting marshmallows with my brother and his family at our new house. our boys miss their cousins so much. we do too!

May 14, 2020 3:31 pm

Would love to spend the night with my neighborhood friends around the fire.

May 14, 2020 3:34 pm

Definitely my mom! We have a newborn and it would be great to have family over for gatherings around the fire, while keeping a safe distance 🙂

Shannon Oldenburg
May 14, 2020 3:45 pm

This is gorgeous! We’d love to have our neighbors over for a bonfire and beverages. Counting down the days ✨

Shannon Oldenburg
May 14, 2020 3:46 pm

We cannot wait to has neighbors over again to enjoy long summer nights that end with bonfires and beverages! Counting down the days ✨

May 14, 2020 3:47 pm

I live with my boyfriend, and our backyard is kind of funky due to a poorly filled in pool. I would love to have something like this to lure us outside.

May 14, 2020 3:58 pm

Would love to have my niece and nephews over to roast some marshmallows

Caroline B.
May 14, 2020 4:03 pm

My sister! It would be fun to have her outdoors safely for a visit after returning from New York.

Allyson kerr
May 14, 2020 4:08 pm

Would love to spend a night with my parents in front of a fire.

May 14, 2020 4:40 pm

Just moved into our house 4 months ago, and the backyard is a blank slate! Would really enjoy having a fire pit to enjoy with my husband and kids!

May 14, 2020 4:42 pm

We just moved all the way across the country- away from all my friends and family- just before COVID hit. We have SO many friends and family who were planning on coming out and staying with us but have had to put their travels on hold until this is over. So having any and all of our pals to share this with would just make my heart sing. Part of the reason we moved to Arizona was so we could spend as much time as possible outdoors and a fire pit is the one thing we still don’t have even… Read more »

May 14, 2020 4:56 pm

I would totally invite my mother over to share some delicious wines and tapas 😻👍🏻

May 14, 2020 5:12 pm

I would love to have my grandfather over! He turns 90 next week and we can’t have a big celebration for him like we wanted to. I would love for him to come over and see my house and have a beer by the fire pit!

May 14, 2020 5:38 pm

I’d love this for our backyard! I’d enjoy it with my husband and daughter now, and look forward to adding more friends to the circle when it’s safe again

Britney Stevens
May 14, 2020 5:42 pm

This would be a dream! First, Melinda Gates. Then our best friends (who live 2 miles away!) who we haven’t seen in 2 months. Thanks for doing this!

Britney Stevens
May 14, 2020 5:43 pm

What a dream! First, Melinda Gates. Then our best friends (who lives 2 miles away!) who we haven’t seen in 2 months. Thanks for doing this!

May 14, 2020 5:54 pm

We welcomed two twin baby girls into our family in late November. Now with 3 kids under the age of 3, we try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. We are moving into a home we’ve been building over the last year next month and this fire pit would be a perfect addition to our outdoor space!

May 14, 2020 7:02 pm

We have a group of friends, three families with kids, that we always do vacations and holidays with. We’ve seen them over Zoom and had a birthday party for one of the kids over Zoom! But we can’t wait to see them in person and hang out. This would be awesome to have in our yard when we can have them over.

Erica Pearson
May 14, 2020 7:21 pm

Fun! I’d love to invite my girlfriends and their families over for a backyard hangout once it’s safe.

May 14, 2020 7:35 pm

Can’t wait to enjoy some time outdoors with my wife, Amy, and new little girl Emerson!

May 14, 2020 7:37 pm

I would pour stiff drinks for my working mom friends who have been superwomen and held it *mostly* together through it all.

May 14, 2020 8:17 pm

I would love to have my two best friends over to sit around the fire pit while the husbands man the grill and our kids play together.

May 14, 2020 8:55 pm

Snuggled up with my family and new babe due in June!

May 14, 2020 9:00 pm

I haven’t seen my nieces and nephews since this quarantine started…s’mores sound like the perfect way to celebrate when I see them again!

May 14, 2020 9:21 pm

This would be perfect for my currently empty backyard space! I’m inviting my sisters over for sure for nights and nights of conversation about life. 🙂

May 14, 2020 9:38 pm

My parents and sister and her family who live in Iowa. Looking forward to reuniting with them when it’s safe to travel and roasting marshmallows and cracking jokes.

Emily D
May 14, 2020 9:44 pm

The best conversations happen gathered around a fire pit! I would love to sit around this with my husband and our best friends and talk about things silly and serious.

May 14, 2020 10:00 pm

Our best friends who all have had babies this winter. It’ll be the first time we do an adult only night!

May 14, 2020 10:28 pm

We just bought a house in the suburbs with a great backyard. I’m excited to make some fun memories with family and friends. If we had this fire pit, I’d invite my nephew over to roast marshmallows.

May 14, 2020 11:12 pm

I’d love to invite my cousins over to sing Songs around the campfire that remind us of summer camps from when we were younger; the camps our kids were all looking forward to this summer that have been canceled! It would be cozy and cathartic.

Marit Ernesti
May 15, 2020 12:08 am

I’d invite my Gramma hands down. Her building has thankfully been on lockdown to keep the older generation safe, but I could use a night of her love and laughter!

Olivia Lepore
May 15, 2020 6:32 am

My parents deserve a break. They would love to visit and enjoy a night outside around the fire.

Most-read posts:

Did you know W&D now has a resource library of  Printable Art, Templates, Freebies, and more?

take me there 

Arrow Alone

Get Our Best W&D Resources

for designing a life well-lived


Arrow Alone

the latest

Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.

Hi, I'm Kate. Welcome to my happy place.











follow us on instagram @witanddelight_