I’ll be honest, entertaining used to completely stress me out. Who are those moms who can whip up a dinner party last minute without breaking a sweat? They’re like unicorns – has anyone ever seen one?
My secret to making summer socializing less stressful is to keep things simple. Instead of getting carried away with fancy menus and complicated cocktails, focus on bringing together the people you love. Give guests a cold drink and a yummy burger and then relax and have fun. Read on for my essentials to easy summer backyard entertaining!
Drink Bucket// Plan for beverages you can put on ice! Water, beer, a premixed cocktail and you’re done.
Picnic Blanket // If you don’t have enough chairs for everyone, then a picnic blanket is a quick and easy way to define extra seating.
Glasses //Never underestimate the power of mason jars. Or cute straws.
Croquet Set// It’s nice when guests have something to do to encourage mingling. At the very least, the kids will love it.
Outdoor Torch // Torches are so easy and fun. Perfect mood lighting!
Corn Cob Holder // It’s not a BBQ without corn on the cob. The perfect accompaniment to simple fare like burgers and hot dogs.
Melamine Dishes // Give paper plates an upgrade with a festive set of melamine dishes.
Portable Speaker // Don’t forget the tunes! Create a customized playlist (or have your kids do it) and bring a portable speaker to the backyard. We got this bluetooth speaker for Father’s Day (c/o Red Envelope) and it has already come in super handy.
String of Lights// I love string lights. And you can’t go wrong with a simple, classic look.
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