If you’re serious about summer entertainment, you’ll want to offer your guests a combination of style and comfort.
Here are ten must-haves that will make for memorable summer fun.
1. Picnic Basket
Whether you’re entertaining family or meeting friends in the great outdoors, a strong and durable picnic hamper big enough for the picnic rug (as well as plates and cutlery) is essential this summer.
While cold storage will be essential for food, there is nothing nicer than a picnic basket for carrying eating utensils, napkins, and outdoor crockery.
Make sure you are prepared for the warm weather with a great barbeque.
Whether you’re a family of two or ten, there are so many varieties available these days, you’re sure to find the right one to cater for you and your guests.
3. Summer Shade
Summer shade is essential for entertaining your guests in comfort, so consider adding a pergola or sail shade to the house.
Create an extension of your living area by taking your interior design skills outside.
Add some color with cushions and throw rugs, perfect for when the southerlies start bringing in the cool night air.
If you’re a serious summer entertainer, you might want to consider a gazebo.
Perfect for creating a stylish outdoor room, a gazebo offers protection for your outdoor furniture as well as adding a sophisticated touch to your garden.
5. Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture designed for comfort as well as style is great for large paved areas.
Elegant outdoor dining tables, coffee tables, and lounge chairs can provide the perfect environment for summer entertaining.
Remember to add some lighting and, for the comfort of your guests, keep some insect repellent at hand.
6. Coordinated Cookery
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that because you’re eating outdoors you don’t need to provide your guests with coordinated crockery.
A stylish dinner table is an impressive addition to any garden for outdoor entertaining.
Mix and match your crockery, add table decorations, and don’t forget napkins!
Although our nights are longer in summer, outdoor lighting is essential for entertaining into the late hours.
Even if you have installed garden lights, a few extra lanterns for candles and mosquito coils can be a tasteful addition to your outdoor reception areas.
Just don’t rely on coils for complete protection, make sure you have some insect repellent on hand, too.
8. Ice Buckets
Few people have access to refrigeration in their backyard, so the need to keep the beer and champagne cool has seen some imaginative concepts appear at outdoor venues.
For something stylish yet practical, consider something like these large tin containers as ice buckets.
A well-stocked bar and cocktail shaker will take you through summer in style.
For entertaining, refreshing cocktails and chic glassware are a must this season.
Margaritas, gin and tonic, and strawberry daiquiris all taste so much better when served in the perfect glass; your guests are sure to be impressed.
Nothing says summer like fresh fruits and berries.
While entertaining, as well as the standard mangoes and kiwi fruit, be sure to have the freshest berries on hand.
Perfect as finger foods, not only will they tempt the taste buds of your visitors, they will add a burst of color to any outdoor table.
Have you made your own summer entertaining things? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.