Summertime… and the Entertaining Goes Outdoors
Little did you know that you’ve got the best location for the perfect summer gathering — your very own backyard. (Or maybe it’s your patio or the deck) Wherever you start, turning your outside space into the party destination can make for memorable moments. From charming backyard barbecues to family reunions to an impromptu summer escape, the outdoors is the way to go. Get ready with our tips for outdoor décor for the summer.
Meet and Greet
Make guest feel welcome before they even enter your home. Hanging baskets and planters with trailing plants adorn your porch and greet guests as they arrive. Add charm to your entrance with a trellis decked out in greenery or see how a wreath adds eye-catching appeal on the front door. Don’t forget about your back patio doors! They deserve some attention too. By decorating the back entrance into your home as well, you add summer decor to the outdoor area where they open.
Dining al Fresco
Think of your table as the focal point, then branch out from there. Add additional seating around a backyard fire pit and tie it all together with colorful cushions and plush pillows to create a cozy, comfortable gathering spot. A table gets dressed for the occasion with the simple additions of cut flowers, colorful napkins, and a table runner. Define your conversation areas with colorful patio rugs that complement your outdoor color palette. Add impromptu seating with outdoor poufs.
During the day, umbrellas are just what you need for a touch of shade. But when the sun goes down, you need to add your own light. Cluster patio torches, strategically place lanterns on tables to provide outdoor lights where you really need it, then accent with candles. Trim the yard with solar accent lights to bring your landscape to life and expand the party space. Finally, music sets the mood and adds just the right finishing touch.
Get in the Game
No matter what the ages of your guests, everyone always seems ready for a fun outdoor game while they’re enjoying the lazy days of summer. If your yard is big enough, preset a volleyball or badminton net in advance of the party. Set up a corn hole game, or layout oversized versions of checkers on the lawn underneath the canopy of trees for a more low-key option. Check out, even more, backyard game ideas here.
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Try skipping the same old burger. Instead, venture into new culinary territory. Try grilling seafood, meat, vegetables and even fruit. Keep drinks at the ready with rolling coolers. Chill wine and bottled beverages in a party tub or ice-filled bucket. It makes it easy for your guests to refresh their beverage and keeps the hostess from refill duty. Patio dinnerware made just for outdoor entertaining is usually resistant to breaking and in a host of colorful designs to complement your outdoor party theme.
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