As everyone with a Pinterest account knows, Aaron and I tackled the front yard this spring. But what you might not know is that our backyard is actually in worse shape than the front yard was. I’m not going to go into detail now because we aren’t planning to so much as look at the backyard until the temperature drops about 30 degrees. But I will tell you this: There will be a patio. And a firepit and grill. And places to sit. And parties and barbecues and all the other stuff you do when it’s delightful outside and you have a patio.
So if I plan to have lots of people over to hang in my backyard oasis, I need some sort of yard game, right? Let’s explore our options, shall we?
Requirements: A croquet set (mallets, balls, wickets) and a level stretch of lawn
Pros : Minimal set up, easy to play, makes you feel fancy/British/like a Kennedy
Cons: I’d have to put out the wickets every time I wanted to play, because they’d get stolen otherwise.
Requirements: a net (blah), racquets, shuttlecock
Pros: Still makes you feel fancy/British
Cons: Set up’s a bit more complicated, since I couldn’t leave the net outside all the time. Also, I suck at racquet sports.
Requirements: balls, pins, a wooden bowling alley if I want to be awesome
Pros: I LOVE BOWLING
Cons: I will probably not be building a wooden bowling alley any time soon, so this photo loses a bit of luster.
Requirements: stakes, horseshoes
Pros: Incredibly easy set up, simple rules, reminds me of my roots (BEEBE, AR 4 LYFE!)
Cons: Is it enough to keep people really interested or would they bore easily?
Bocce Ball or Pétanque
Requirements: A court – could be grass or sand but needs sides and backboards of some sort, a bocce set
Pros: Can have many players, is similar to bowling (I LOVE BOWLING) and seems like an addictive sport
Cons: Set up is mid-level, not the easiest, not the most complicated. Also: I don’t exactly know how to play.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite lawn sport? Am I missing a very important one?