July 7th, 2010 |

Patio Party

The long days of summer lend themselves to impromtu bbq’s and gatherings around the fire pit.  So it’s best to have a few go-to tricks for quick decor and easy-to-make appetizers – so that you can be the hostess with the mostess, no matter how last minute your party may be!

Entertaining on the patio is one of the joys of summer and lends itself to a natural palette; you can see green touches throughout this inspiration board, which is a lovely way of tying in the natural feel.  Here are a few ideas for creating a party-ready patio:

  • Create a “bar” or food buffet on a narrow console table.  I love this one from Pottery Barn because it has the lower shelf….great for a nice display, but also perfect for holding beverage tins.
  • Lanterns.  Lanterns.  Lanterns.  Whether they are paper, glass, hanging or standing, lanterns can dress up your space and cast a fabulous glow.
  • Bring the comforts of your home outdoors.  Items such as throw pillows, decorative accents, an indoor/outdoor rug can help make your space look cozy.

A happy hostess is a prepared hostess!  So always have a few key ingredients on hand to whip up some delicious appetizers and cocktails.  Here are a few of my new favorite recipes for summer entertaining:

What are some of your favorite tips for entertaining on the patio?

Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), outdoor bar (potterybarn.com), candle centerpiece (theknot.com)

 

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