5 Simple Outdoor Summer Entertaining Tips

Summer marks the end of school and the start of long, lazy summer days. Each day seems to beg for a party! With days being slow and lazy, we want our entertaining to be stress free too.  You can have outdoor, summer get togethers that are stress free and still beautiful. Today, we are going to tour my favorite cozy spot to entertain with some simple entertaining tips. These 5 simple outdoor summer entertaining tips will help you stay stress free while playing hostess this summer!

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1. Give your outdoor space a good cleaning

Every party feels better when the venue is nice and tidy. Hose off your patio, sweep off the deck, brush down your cushions and clean your windows. This should only take you about 20 min. Enlist your kiddos to help out. Give a kid a hose and the world is a better place! For some reason, they just love them! Put that energy to work for you! Once everything is sparkling, you can add the special touches.

Here are some links to a similar outdoor armchair and ottoman.

2. Serve something simple and elegant

You don’t have to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen to serve a delicious spread for your guests. Keep things simple and elegant.

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Try serving some brie cheese with some blackberries. Dress up the berries with a bed of fresh mint. Complete this simple, yet elegant dish with some good quality crackers. Drizzle some honey over the cheese for a little more flavor. Notice this pretty little appetizer is served on this pink salt block. Salt blocks can be used to enhance flavor while grilling or cooking meat.

Use them like I did, as a cheese tray or for a simple fruit tray to enhance the flavor. I love the pink color and the look of stone. It is a simple, unexpected treat for your guests. What a great conversation piece too! My sweet mother in law introduced them to me!

Here are a few more elegant and simple appetizers.

3. Make a refreshing summer drink

Serve something refreshing to drink! A few summers ago, my husband and I had the best lemonade of our lives! It was a cucumber mint lemonade from the Hotel Del Coronado {where we honeymooned}. It about knocked our socks off!

You can recreate this fabulous, simple drink for your guests by following the recipe below…

Here are some more beautiful and refreshing drink recipes for your summer entertaining.

4. Put together simple summer floral arrangement

Flowers just make any occasion. They do not have to be complicated to be beautiful! Grab a few bunches of your favorite flowers from your local grocer and create a simple arrangement to brighten your party. Ginger jars are my favorite vase especially during the summer. This floral ginger jar is my favorite!
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5. Add fun pillows and linens

Just like pillows warm up a space inside, they cozy up a space outside. Since our color scheme outside is neutral, I chose pillows with a lot of texture. Like these outdoor lumbar tassel pillows and these square tassel throw pillows.

Use linens to add a pop to your table too. It’s the simplest way to add some pizzaz!

I love pink and blue together! When I found these blue and white eyelet napkins, I feel in love and knew they would be perfect for summer entertaining. Instead of using a table cloth, I used a square table topper with tassels  to soften the ottoman. The tassels play off the tassels in the throw pillows. I plan to use it on my kitchen table for summer.

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Last tip, share your beautiful outdoor space with someone special! My husband and I like to sneak out here for few quiet seconds before the kids realize we are missing! Summer entertaining doesn’t have to be a throng of people. It can be you and someone you love. Make the most of your summer entertaining and make it beautiful!mini labradoodle, summer entertaining tips and ideas

Use these simple tips for your summer entertaining to help you live this summer in style!

For more summer entertaining ideas visit my friends Jen over at Decor Gold Designs and Bree from Z Design at Home. Their patios are gorgeous and full of beautiful inspiration.


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8 thoughts on “5 Simple Outdoor Summer Entertaining Tips

  1. Randi I just love al of your tips!!! Thank you for sharing this lovely space with us and I love seeing you and your sweet hubby out here enjoying it!! And thanks for the introduction to the salt block!! Will have to try this out💗. Happy summer sweet friend 😘

    1. Bree thank you so much! Wishing you a wonderful weekend! xo

  2. Love your tips – great advice/reminders……and you’ve given me a great idea- I think that WS salt block is a perfect Father’s Day present

    Thank you! Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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