Summertime has been the time for relaxation and fun for many years. We grow up enjoying summers away from school as a time to enjoy not having the responsibility of school work. No wonder there are still so many adults who look forward to this time of the year and summer entertaining.
Here are some of our ideas for creative summer entertaining.
Turn a weeknight BBQ dinner into something special. Tie a sheet up in a tree and invest in a portable projector. Hooked up to your laptop, you can host your own alfresco outdoor movie night. Turn your backyard into your own private theatre. Setup the hammock, and arrange outdoor furniture. Throw pillows and blankets on the grass. Serve some movie theatre cuisine with a twist ! Think truffled popcorn, sliders, and homemade sodas.
Picnic blankets don’t need to be red and white gingham. Why not bring your oriental outside and patchwork them on the lawn? As long as the weather is fair – bring indoor furniture outside for a special alfresco experience – dining tables, chairs, lamps – etc. Alternatively, bring the outdoors in by repurposing gardening tools as serving pieces for a summer salad station. We love using gardening trowels as spoons for an outdoorsylook and feel. And it goes without saying that the spoils of summer – flowers, foliage, fruits, and vegetables – are a reminder of the season.
Ice Cream has so many flavors and new artisanal vendors these days! Adults and children alike will enjoy a good old-fashioned Ice Cream Social. Get creative with boozy ice cream creations for grownups like Bourbon Vanilla Milkshakes. Get out your soda glasses!
Keep it simple, but undeniably elegant by incorporating antique elements into your table decor. Crystal glasses and aged golden candle holders sitting on top of a bare picnic table combine to present a rustic, yet graceful setting. Building on this idea, use flowers to add pops of color to your party. Lights…..Use lots of lights!
Beers, sodas, and wines don’t need to be chilled in ugly coolers. Presentation is obviously everything – think about what you might have in your home that could be repurposed as coolers. Wheelbarrows, inflatable kiddie pools, bathtubs, canoes, and rowboats are all great coolers when filled with ice and bottled drinks!