6 Elements of Summer Entertaining

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Summer is such a fun time, don’t you agree?!  (Ok, so if it’s brutally hot where you live you might disagree slightly!)  To me, summer is all about spending time outside and entertaining.  The majority of gatherings I have throughout the year, normally take place in our backyard.

To entertain al fresco here are my 6 Elements of Summer Entertaining:

1.  Lots of colorful plants

Colorful plants can be all the decor you need!  Layer potted plants for an array of colors and texture.

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2.  Lighting

Lighting is SO important when you are outdoors.  You want to make sure your guests can see each other after the sun has gone down.  I like to use a mixture of string lights, outdoor chandelier and candles.

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3.  Seating

Comfortable seating is always a must have at any party!  Clump seating together for more intimate conversations.

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4.  Dining Area

Most gatherings involve FOOD, so make sure there is adequate seating around tables.

{A tutorial for my easy outdoor table will be coming soon!}

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5.  Serving Table

If you have the space, set up an area for the food.  I use my potting bench as a large buffet table.

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6.  Cozy and Comfortable

The best outdoor parties are those that involve relaxing time spent together with friends.  Make sure your space is cozy and comfortable, to encourage your guests to sit and stay awhile.  (Hopefully that is your main goal! 😉 )


Find more entertaining ideas from my post about having Less Stress when hosting a party!

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  1. says

    Your pictures are so inviting and gorgeous! You have everything needed for a wonderful party and I’m sure you’re a wonderful hostess! Thanks so much for joining us on our tour!

  2. says

    These are such great tips. I so badly want to have some string lights on our deck this summer. They create such a great ambiance. I’m just wondering how to get them hung high without a pergola or the like?

    • says

      Kim, I used the 3M outdoor light hooks to attach them to the house. For the deck without the pergola I attached flag poles (I don’t know if you can see it in the photo), but you could also use a tall piece of wood or pipe in the ground. It doesn’t have to hold a lot of weight.

  3. says

    Your parties always look so fun Angela! Wish I could come and hang out with you in your beautiful outdoor space. Of course I might just have to put on some AC/DC so you can show off more of the dance moves from Haven! 😉 Still remember how fun that was! Hope your summer is off to a great start sweet friend and I’m so glad we are part of this series together.

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