Summer Entertaining Tips
With warmer temps and longer days, the timing is just right to host outdoor gatherings. Frontgate offers these five tips to make your summer entertaining just right. 1. Set a comfortable scene. Mix plush, deep-seating outdoor furniture with couture high dining sets. This allows guests to mingle between intimate conversations and cozy eating arrangements. After you select your furniture frames, choose vibrant, bright cushion and throw pillow colors that match your home’s architecture or landscaping. Our brick and cocoa colors always pair up nicely with stately, older estate. And our newer colors such as Wyndham Wheat, McGinnis Classic, and Softly Elegant hues will definitely make a statement while in the backyard of a stylish, modern home. 2. Add to the ambience. After your seating and dining furniture is arranged, brighten up your outdoor party area with intricately designed outdoor lighting. Or create a subtle, intimate glow around your table with votive candles placed along an elegant runner. Daytime parties call for relaxing, shady areas where guests can take a respite from the summer sun. Choose the type of umbrella stake that fits your needs, then top it with a vibrant canopy. Find commercial grade patio umbrellas, including high-wind resistant umbrellas, at Frontgate.com. 3. Eat, drink, and by merry. Pick a menu to fit the atmosphere of your summer soiree. For formal catered gatherings, interview a few local caterers to take care of all the preparations and clean-up work for you. Informal parties lend themselves to snack-sized finger foods, such as nuts, pre-sliced cold cuts, or chips and salsa. Select a variety of dishes at room temperature to avoid hot entrees getting cold, or cold desserts melting. Keep your drinks cool with the Glacier Double Wall Beverage Servers, and the Super Chill Insulated Servers for appetizers or snacks.