How To: Outdoor Entertaining

Now is the best time of year to throw the perfect summer party! From food to decor to company, outdoor entertaining is about creating a low-key environment for people to relax. Here are a few ways you can create the perfect summer party…

Create a comfortable space

With all-weather wicker furniture, this pavilion invites guests to enjoy the comforts of home while relaxing outdoors.

Picnic tables and adirondack chairs are a summer staple but another great way to create an instantly relaxed space is to utilize deep seating furniture (or even couches and chairs from indoors) to create a feeling of luxury.

Use colorful pillows and throws to create a cozy and inviting space under the pergola or on the deck. Grab an area rug and coffee table and bring the living room outside.

This is the perfect time to break out those comfy cushions! Set up end tables with colorful summer flowers and pitchers of lemonade or fruity cocktails and enjoy. This set-up works great for an afternoon brunch or an evening enjoying life under the stars.

Light it up!

Fire bowl with spark screen

Nothing brings people together like a fire. You don’t need a permanentness outdoor fire pit or expensive outdoor fireplace to enjoy a cozy evening gathering, a fire bowl or stand-up fire pit work just as well.

If you are looking for something simple and practical a fire bowl with a spark screen is a great choice. Enjoy the ambiance with added safety to protect guests and furniture from sparks. Another wonderful and more decorative choice is a fire pit with a decorative screen. Choose from the Orion screen or Full Moon Party screen. Each pit measures 30 inches so you can get the function of a fire pit while being able to easily change its location.

Grab the smores! Adding a fire feature to your evening summer party is an instant way to bring every closer together.

Add some sweetness

Fruited ice cubes make summer drinks more festive.

If you love entertaining you’ve probably found a million ways to add some fun to your beverage menu. A great way to do this in the summer is to make simple fruited ice cubes for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Grab some of your favorite summer fruits and add them to water in your ice cube tray, it’s as simple as that. Try some simple ones like blueberries, strawberries and raspberries while also trying out a few combination recipes like adding a little mint and lemon! These cubes will keep your drink cool while adding a splash of color and flavor (once they melt, of course).

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