Summer calls for endless BBQs and outdoor parties, and that means entertaining friends and family to the fullest. Be the hostess with the mostest by following our quick guide to setting up the most ideal outdoor space, with all the necessary particulars.
Brighten up the outdoors…
We’re all about bright and bold colors for making a statement this summer. The best way we found to incorporate this into your backyard party is through little accessories like candles, vases, and table settings.
I chose some bright and bold placemats in greens and blues. These colors really make a statement outdoors coordinating with the grass and sky. I love adding a little quirk, as I did by choosing mats with bold words written on them. This also helped to bring in even more color. Yellow is certainly a favorite hue right now and these napkins really tie the color scheme together.
It wouldn’t be a party without a few cocktails…
Who doesn’t want to enjoy a cocktail by the pool surrounded by those close to you? Traipsing in and out of the freezer, to the fridge, to the bar, to the pool can be exhausting. And quite frankly, we just want to kick our feet up and enjoy our beverage. Our solution? Find yourself an outdoor bar cart. As a hostess, this is a life-changer.
To create a kick-ass bar cart, you’ll need some staple bar tools like an opener, shaker, long spoon, and strainer. Spruce up your cart with some classic glassware, cute coasters, recipe books, and of course your spirits of choice. Tada! You have a fully functioning bar that is easily accessible for your guests and yourself.
Create an inviting (and comfy) environment…
The key to keeping people together and happy is not just the drinks at a backyard bash. It’s also the lounge area. Making sure that your guests are comfortable is what sets the night up for success, including lots of laughs or even a trip down memory lane.
My lounge area is just off to the side of the main dining table. This gives guests and yourself an area to escape the busyness and enjoy a more intimate setting.
Make the most out of your summer by bringing those you love closer together. It’s simple evenings that create the most lasting memories.
May your BBQ always be hot and your cocktail cold! Happy hosting!