Summer is over but there are still some great days head this fall, and if you don\u2019t stop to enjoy it, you just might miss it. There\u2019s no better time to enjoy the sunshine and fine weather, and what better way to do it than inviting friends and loved ones over to enjoy your big backyard? Over the last year and a half, there\u2019s been a huge movement of homebuyers leaving the city for greener pastures. Custom home builders in Niagara Blythwood Homes have reported an influx of homebuyers from nearby Toronto looking for homes in the country. Those buyers are seeking more space rather than go the typical route of downsizing, plus they want an escape from the traffic, noise, and pollution that often comes with city living. If you\u2019re someone who\u2019s recently traded city life for country living, though, you might be starting to miss friends and family in the city you left behind. With these 5 tips, you can transform your backyard into the social hub of the season when you invite them all over. #1 Barbecue Dinner Hosting outdoors means you can get dinner ready without having to part company. Make dinner plans on the grill and treat friends and family to a barbecue feast. Barbecuing is one of the lightest ways to prepare meat, too, and it can be a surprisingly healthy way to cook. Stick to lean meats like skinless poultry, steaks, and pork chops. For something a little different, you can also go with game meats like rabbit and quail. #2 Prepare for Any Weather There\u2019s nothing more disappointing than having plans rained out \u2013 or when sitting right in the hot sun becomes unbearable. Prepare your backyard for any events by adding shelter and shade so that when you have guests over, you\u2019re ready. Don\u2019t let the weather get in the way of your plans. #3 Keep It Clean Keeping up with regular maintenance will make sure it\u2019s always ready for guests. It doesn\u2019t have to be a full-time job if you tackle little tasks regularly. Summer is the season you\u2019ll want to remove weeds before they seed and sprout up everywhere next year. You can also minimize the damage to the grass in high-traffic areas by using stepping stones where you know people tend to walk \u2013 i.e., from the back door to your patio furniture or the barbecue and back. #4 Patio Furniture You Love If you\u2019re planning on spending an afternoon or evening out in the backyard, it helps to have comfy, stylish furniture where everyone can settle in. You\u2019ll need to elevate your d\u00e9cor a notch above plastic chairs to make everyone feel comfortable and at home. #5 Taste Something Different Want to make your backyard event memorable? Try something new to taste, such as a bottle of wine from a local vineyard or a signature cocktail (or mocktail). You don\u2019t have to think too hard about it, as it\u2019s the company that really matters, but it can be a great way to liven things up from the usual.