Temperatures are rising and summer is showing its refreshing face, and that means longer days, more sunshine, and extra outdoor living with family and friends. Here are some ways to make the most of the better weather and how to incorporate outdoor decorating and entertaining ideas to your space based on your summer style!
1. For a relaxed and laid-back outdoor feel, opt for some comfortable outdoor seating and add strawberry mint margaritas to the mix!
Summer is here and you’re probably already planning those outdoor gatherings with your friends and family while soaking in the sun. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, you’ll need comfortable seating. Try an outdoor sofa – or two – which makes conversation with guests much easier and fun. In addition, try a couple of outdoor accent chairs and a pop of color with some accent pillows, and yours is sure to be the favorite outdoor haven this summer.
Here’s a recipe for a refreshing drink to serve while your grill master is cooking up the food!
Strawberry Mint Margarita
Sweet and tangy this recipe serves 4
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1 cup of tequila
- Handful of fresh mint leaves
- ½ cup of lime juice
- Agave syrup (optional, to taste)
2. For a family style outdoor entertaining area, try a large farmhouse style table, perfect for serving all of your favorite summertime recipes.
If you are planning on entertaining the whole family plus more, you’ll need a table big enough to accommodate the entire crew. A farmhouse table is the perfect choice. Mix it up a little with different chairs and bench seating to help accommodate lots of little ones while giving adults their own spot at the table. And remember to pick a bouquet of fresh flowers from the garden to use for a beautiful centerpiece. Most importantly, use a family-sized grill to help you cook a large amount of food at once so everyone can eat at the same time.
3. If your outdoor style is quaint and colorful, then bright outdoor rugs and watermelon might be a good fit for you.
If you want to add welcoming color, add a colorful outdoor rug to a deck space or covered patio. It will add energy and whimsy to any outdoor space. Not only are these rugs fun and beautiful, but they are easy to clean and light weight for storage purposes. Without a doubt, these rugs will make your outdoor spaces feel cozy and inviting!
Watermelon is a popular summer food – it’s sweet, juicy, and usually big enough to share with large groups of people. But more than just a good cool off, watermelon is 92 percent water and contains antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin C. Try making your watermelon extra special, use cookie cutters to create fun shapes. Or for another fun surprise try grilling it as a side dish!
Grilled Watermelon Recipe:
This is a delicious alternative to the traditional way of serving watermelon
- 6 slices of (seedless!) watermelon, cut to about 1.25 inches thick
- 5 tablespoons of olive oil
- Ground pepper
It’s your turn, are you ready for outdoor decorating and entertaining? Which style do you love? If you need some help pulling it all together, please reach out to me!
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