5/31 | Simple Tips for Summer Entertaining

It’s summertime and we are ready to host our friends and family for some backyard get-togethers! We have rounded up some of our favorite simple tips for summer entertaining (and some yummy recipes too!). 

These ideas will help you throw a fun backyard party that’s simple to organize and will give you plenty of time to actually enjoy your guests. We can’t wait to get started and spend this summer connecting with the people who are important to us. 

COVER CUPS WITH CUPCAKE LINER TO KEEP BUGS OUT From One Crazy House

Simple but oh so clever! We’re going to try this one for sure! 

MAKE-AHEAD MENU FOR SUMMER ENTERTAINING From Spices In My DNA

A make-ahead menu means you can spend more time with your guests. 

USE AN INFLATABLE COOLER From Beauty And Bedlam

What a great idea. This would hold so much food! Maybe get a second one to use for beverages. 

CUT A WATERMELON FOR KIDS From Sober Julie

This little trick makes it so much easier to cut and serve! 

HERBED RICOTTA AND FRESH TOMATO TART From Good Housekeeping

Use the best of the fresh summer produce for this yummy recipe. 

WAYS NOT TO GET MOSQUITO BITES From Purewow

Okay, we’re definitely loving any suggestions for keeping those mosquitoes away. 

ADD GOOD NUTRITION TO YOUR OUTDOOR ADVENTURES BY MAKING HERBY WHITE DIP WITH CRUNCHY VEGGIES From Liz’s Healthy Table

Portable, single servings are the way to go! 

GRILLED CAPRESE SALAD ON A STICK From Creative Cynchronicity

Put together a simple caprese salad on a stick – once again, portable, single servings to make it easy. 

DIY WASHI TAPE SILVERWARE From The Merry Thought

This is a fun way to turn plain cutlery into something special. 

FILL UP A BASKET OF ESSENTIALS From Good Housekeeping

Add sunscreen, flip flops, extra hats and wraps for when it gets cold and create a helpful basket for your guests to help themselves to. 

NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT FOR THE KIDS From How To Nest For Less

Keep the kids busy and having fun with a nature scavenger hunt. 

DIY PINEAPPLE PIÑATA From Studio DIY

This pinata serves not only as party decor, but a fun party game too. 

MAKE A WATERMELON KEG From Instructables

For an adult party, you can turn a watermelon into a keg. 

PREPARE PRE-SCOOP ICE CREAM From Kojo Designs

This is SUCH a timesaver! 

MINI CHEESE BALL ON A STICK From Creative Cynchronicity

Another easy way to serve food in individual portions that guests can take to wherever they want! 

CREATE A SMORES BAR From Martie Knows

They had us at s’mores! 

BEVERAGE STATION From Let’s DIY It All

This is a great way to keep the cutlery, glasses, and other dinner necessities organized and easy to access. 

COLANDER AS ICE BUCKET From Real Simple

Now, this is clever! Turn a colander into an ice bucket and no more digging your hands into that ice-cold water. 

USE A HANDY-DANDY GUIDE to show much Food and Drinks to serve From The Chickabug Blog

We NEVER know how much to make for a party so this guide is something we will refer to often. 

TIPS FOR SMART SUMMERTIME LIVING From Yesterday On Tuesday

Here are a bunch of tips you will want to check out to make not only backyard entertaining, but just day-to-day summer living much easier. 

USE A CUPCAKE LINER TO CATCH POPSICLE JUICE From Pop Sugar

Another great idea for those cupcake liners – you could even use the washable silicone type! 

FOLD A WATERMELON NAPKIN From Good Housekeeping

How cute is this? This would add a bit of summery flair to your party. 

FARMERS MARKET INSPIRED BACKYARD PARTY From Hostess With The Mostess

What a fun idea and party theme!