Welcome Friends! I’m so glad you stopped by for our Summer Home Tour Blog Hop featuring 13 talented bloggers! If you’re coming from my friend Holli’s tour, isn’t she amazingly talented? She’s so fun, creative and sweet and I’m so glad you decided to stop on by! Today I am going to share with you 4 easy and super simple entertaining ideas for summertime! I’ve got something for everyone on this list! And who doesn’t love quick and simple ideas for those impromptu barbeques with friends, casual happy hours on the front porch and when all the neighborhood kids stop on by! So let’s get started!
- Pitcher Perfect Mojito
Here’s what you’ll need:
¾ cups white sugar
¾ cups light rum
1 liter of club soda
2 bunches of fresh mint leaves (around 36 leaves)
Quarter slice 3-4 limes (save one lime for garnishing later)
In a large pitcher add mint leaves and quartered limes and muddle in the bottom of the pitcher until the limes have been juiced. Stir in rum and sugar. Gently stir in club soda until the sugar has dissolved.
Garnish low ball tumblers with sliced lime(s) and a mint sprig!
2. Pretty n Easy Table Setting
When I know company’s coming over, I love to set up a pretty table because I feel it makes them feel welcome and comfortable. In advance I might browse Pinterest for a pretty inspiration but most importantly, I shop my own home first. I take stock of all the pieces I want to use on hand and pull them out and set them on the table. This helps me not only take inventory of what I have and what I may need later on but also helps me to visualize how my plates and dishes are looking together. I even pull out serve ware and flatware, glasses and stands that I think I might use. It’s always easier to visualize everything together even if you don’t end up using it all.
Now, don’t get me wrong folks I definitely have pulled out the paper plates and plastic silverware for plenty a get together but today we’re taking it up a notch to create a more inviting table.
If you know me, you know I’m a huge admirer of Em Henderson and her work and I have loved her new English garden feel of her new home. So this time, I wanted to take a little bit of that same feel to create my table.
The wood acacia chargers, are the only new items and were purchased from West Elm (I am not sponsored or affiliated with this brand) but they pair perfectly with the white dinnerware that were already mine, the vintage, Lucite flatware were gifted to us from my husband’s great-aunt (see my previous post HERE) and the blue hobnail glasses I think I may have purchased from Homegoods about 2-3 years ago, and the red and white napkins are true IKEA staples. Continuing shopping my home, I pulled out a large candle holder that compliments the cake stand that I’m using to hold my beverage dispenser and the little place cards I picked up last year in the Target dollar section.
I love a pretty table, and by layering textures and pieces, it creates visual balance and makes a place setting feel that much more special to your guests. The addition of pillows also warms up a tablesetting, here I’ve used the Everette pillow in navy by Studio Pillows.
Now that all that hard work is done, feel free to sip on that mojito!
3. Easy Breezy Flower Arrangements
Full disclosure here, I am by no means a florist. But when I want to create a little pretty on my table and around my home I pick up a few bunches of fresh and inexpensive flowers from either the local Farmer’s Market or Trader Joe’s! And who doesn’t love Trader Joe’s, right?!
I prefer to separate my bunches of flowers when I get home and shopping my own home, I gather up left over jars that I’ve saved from pasta sauces, jelly, cocktail mixers…(wink)
I then begin clipping my flowers and I start to make mini arrangements, keeping one larger flower per jar as a focal point, and filling in with smaller stems and greenery.
Next, I like to add whatever pretty ribbon, string and/or trimmings I have on hand or have saved from gifts and packages I have received to add a little more personality. Lastly, if I’m using the mini arrangements as an addition to my place settings I will tie a little name tag on them for a little personalization and gift them to my guests to take home at the end of the evening.
Some of the larger jars I’ll scatter around my table or around the house or porch to add color and pretty up a space or a corner.
4. S’mores Fun Anyone?
Now that the summer evening sky has falling upon us, what summer get together wouldn’t be complete without a bonfire?! And what goes around an outdoor fire pit best besides telling stories? S’mores!
Here I pre-made some s’more packs that everyone can grab easily and make their own.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Mmmmm…now look around you and look at all the smiles (albeit messy ones) on all their faces!
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you with some fun and simple ideas for entertaining this summer! Be sure to check out Brandi at Don’t Disturb This Groove Blog next! You won’t want to miss out on her beautiful home!
See you next time!
Be sure to stop by and say hello to all my friends and have fun visiting with them in their home!
A very special Thank You to TEM Photography