My parents love to work in the yard and think paying for a gardener is scandalous, so as a child, I spent many a Saturday whining and complaining about having to help. Eventually my parents gave up and I happily folded laundry and did dishes while everyone was outside pulling weeds and mowing the lawn.
But because I was throwing a party for a friend and we'd be sitting outside - I felt like I needed to spruce up our astro-turf yard a bit.
Donny and I headed to the Home Depot Garden Center and wandered around a bit like we actually knew what we were doing.
Luckily the people who had the house before us left all kinds of pots and gardening supplies, so really, our job was very simple.
Side yard "before"
Side yard "after"
And just to prove that I actually did this all myself and didn't just hire one of the guys outside Home Depot: