May 11, 2011
G’day friends! I’m so happy to be back home in Cali, catching up with my family. Today I welcome contributing writer Michelle from Ten June to share her insights on making the most of your outdoor spaces with ideas for stylish entertaining. ‘Tis the season!
This article is like a breath of fresh air for me, filled with images of beautiful spaces that are sure to inspire you for your own summer soiree, so take it away, Michelle!
“It’s almost that time of year again. Time to bring out your grill tools, pull out your picnic baskets and grab the bug spray. As our days grow longer and there’s more daylight to enjoy, the best place to spend your spring and summer is none other than the great outdoors. One of my favorite aspects of spending time outdoors is hosting a great outdoor party.
Better Homes & Gardens, 100 Ideas
The key ingredient in outdoor entertaining is fun. Whether laid-back or slightly formal, there should be nothing stuffy about an outdoor party!
Whether you have the luxury of living in the country with twenty acres at your disposal, in the city with a ten foot by ten foot balcony, or something in between, hosting a dinner party outdoors can be fun, easy and done with incredible style.
When it comes to decorating when you are entertaining outdoors, it’s always best to keep your decor whimsical and easy. Some of the key ingredients for decorating an outdoor space are color, comfort, and soft lighting.
Don’t forget that you will likely have to work with the elements that Mother Nature has given you. Is it too windy? Lose the tablecloth. Lots of bugs? Flip colanders over to cover your food. Too warm? Create some shade.
When you’re setting your outdoor table, keep things simple. Use bright, colorful foods or other natural elements to set the stage as your centerpieces. Hanging globe lights, lanterns or stringing twinkle lights is always enchanting in summer.
If you decide to use flowers, use inexpensive vessels to hold them, such as recycled mason jars or serving bowls. Don’t be concerned about serving guests in the traditional, sit down fashion. Set up food and drink stations around the entertaining area so that guests feel comfortable mingling and enjoying your beautiful outdoor space.
Also, it helps if you stock up a bar cart or beverage station with the essentials- drinks, napkins, silverware, etc. so you don’t find yourself running inside for each and every item needed.
Above all, remember to have fun. After all, it is a party! And what better a way to spend a beautiful day than by hosting your friends or family outdoors?”
Exactly! Thank you Michelle for such great tips and gorgeous inspiration! Be sure to pop over and say hello to Michelle at her blog Ten June.
I’ll definitely be bringing out some outdoor place settings and also fluffing the outdoor cushions and pillows this weekend. Speaking of outdoor inspiration, here’s a friendly reminder that the Home May’d link parties start next week beginning with Sarah, so get your spray paint cans ready!
We hope you’ll join us for the par-tays!