Friends, HAPPY JUNE!! Just in time for summer, today, Andrew and I are sharing 25 Keys to Outdoor Summer Entertaining!
You guys, we LOVE TO ENTERTAIN OUTDOORS DURING THE SUMMER!!! Let’s be clear, Andrew and I just really enjoy having people over, so it’s just an extra bonus when we get to have them over and eating outside. This time of year, I thought many of you might be hosting outdoor gatherings (whether big or small!), so I thought we would share our tips. Of course, we’re not experts…we’re just two people that like to get together with friends and family and enjoy a good meal outside. Some of these tips might be no-brainers, some of them might be new to you, but either way, I just hope that when the post is over it inspires you to gather with others, put your phones down and enjoy the time spent together outside.
Andrew and I host little things at our house so frequently that we don’t really need a lot of time to prepare for outdoor entertaining. Over the last four weeks, we’ve had my parents over for a very last minute dinner on the patio, we’ve had the Slaughters over for an impromptu pool party, and we’ve hosted a Cinco de Mayo party for eighteen. We follow the same structure and routine whether we are hosting big or hosting small. I think we’ve figured out what works best for our yard, our house, our lifestyle and basically rinsed and repeated a lot of parties but with a few new menu items/themes/decorations/music. For us, what’s most important is for people to come over and have F-U-N. That’s the #1 goal for us!
Whether your party is about being in the yard/patio OR swimming, we have some tips to make it easy and fun for you and your guests.
In no particular order, here are our 25 Keys for Outdoor Summer Entertaining:
1: Set the mood with music. Whether it’s a fiesta or an island party, current day hits or country classics, music always sets the tone for any social gathering.
2: Have bug spray and sunscreen out where your guests can easily find them and use them. We like to have them in a basket(s) out on the table and/or by the pool so they’re within reach.
3: Make sure the way to the bathroom is clearly marked. We have a little sign that says where the bathroom is so that people can easily locate it.
4: Make the entry easy. If you want people to walk around instead of coming through the house, make sure there is a sign posted for that or else make your entry inviting (balloons/signage) so that they know it’s okay to ring the bell.
5: Have separate, clearly marked, drinks for the kids and then also clearly marked and away from the kids’ drinks, adult beverages.
If you’re ready to entertain this summer and want something delicious to serve, I’m also sharing…
…our Classic Cheeseburger recipe today too!
Happy June, friends! I hope this inspires you to turn on the music, fire up the grill and invite people you love over for the season! xx