I love to entertain in the summertime. There’s just something so simple about hosting friends and family this time of year. Perhaps it’s the great mood everyone is in, or the laid-back vibe? I can’t put my finger on it exactly but I just find summer entertaining easy and enjoyable. Now that the nights are getting longer, I’m itching to kick off the backyard-entertaining season! We’ve been getting dirty in the garden and making sure our yard is inviting — I’d say a dinner party is soon in order.
Do you like to entertain during the summer? When thinking about hosting a gathering I like to pick a few points of inspiration to guide my party prep. I am usually inspired by:
Ahhh springtime. Spring is the perfect time to host a garden party (regardless of how many veggies or flowers you have planted in your garden). Use the warmer weather and colorful backdrop of the outdoors as an excuse to gather friends, enjoy some good food and cool drinks. Here are a few tips to help make your outdoor party a success:
These can be as simple or elegant as your style suits. Even a handwritten note with a dried pressed flower enclosed would be thoughtful. Regardless if you choose a formal, handwritten, or even online invitation − be sure to set the mood of your garden-themed event by including floral designs or flowers themselves.
Looking to add a little festive flair to your table top? If you’re looking for Cinco de Mayo centerpieces these little guys are easy to make.
I picked up some inexpensive terracotta pots in various sizes, marked off some interesting shapes using painter’s tape, and spray painted them with gold metallic spray paint (I am obsessed with this stuff!). Let them dry and you have the perfect centerpiece vessel!
Fill the newly painted pots with different varieties of cactus and you have yourself a simple Cinco de Mayo centerpiece.
The truth is that often money and gift cards make the best gift choice. Especially for those really hard to buy for people you know, or uh hum, teenagers (I know this all too well!). But just because you are giving a gift that appears to be pretty generic, doesn’t mean you can do it in a thoughtful way. In my opinion, a well wrapped gift can speak volumes! But how to wrap gift cards? Here’s an idea.
The next time you are giving a gift card or some cash, take a few extra minutes to wrap it up nicely. This idea is super simple and I bet you have everything you need already!
Party planning does not come natural to everybody. Some are very comfortable preparing menus and digging out the linens while others break into a sweat when thinking about entertaining a large crowd. Even if you are not a natural hostess, have no idea how to throw a party — don’t worry. You host an event that will surprise your guests and have them thinking you’re a party pro. Here are four tips to make things simple.
Rethink your lighting
When you go to a nice restaurant or upscale event, you rarely have bright bulbs beaming down on you. The truth is a setting with dim lighting helps set a relaxing mood for your guests and also makes everyone look great (bonus!). To duplicate that glowing feel, turn off your overhead beams and opt for small lamps throughout your party space. If you do not have any lamps, purchase a few soft-lit bulbs and replace your existing lights for the evening.
Style your food
Even if you are not preparing fancy appetizers and snacks for your guests, taking the time to plate the food will make all the difference. So whether your menu features pizza or burgers, break out your nice set of dishes and serve your meal as if you were presenting your guests with caviar! For snacks like trail mix and chips, use matching white bowls and place them in areas of your party space where people will be sitting, rather than spreading them out on one table.