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Living Space: 10 secrets to throwing an unforgettable summer dinner party

Brandi Dye, BHG.com on

As we start to resume gathering with our friends and family, outdoor dinner parties are a perfect way to ease back into entertaining. Dust off your hosting skills with these summer party hacks to make it the easiest dinner party ever! Here’s how to spend less time playing host and more time hanging out with your guests.

1. Get outside.

Utilize your outdoor space to throw a summer party under the stars, a pergola or the treetops. Update your patio space with wall decor, a fire pit or planters. Make sure there is plenty of outdoor seating for your guests. Oversize pillows are an easy way to create cozy additional seating.

2. Choose a warm-weather menu.

Summer is not the season for soups or roasts. Treat your guests to a menu that is light and fresh. Should your salad feature arugula or spinach? What fruits can you add to a savory dish? Will your dessert feature berries or stone fruits? Answer these question with a stroll around your local farmers’ market. A seasonal menu is sure to impress your guests long after dessert is served.

3. Sip, sip; fizz, fizz!


The best way to get a dinner party started is with a full glass. Serve a signature cocktail to your friends and family. Make use of seasonal fruits: Summer is the time for mangoes, peaches, strawberries and pineapple. Sangria, anyone?

4. Get nostalgic.

Encourage your guests to recapture the magic of childhood summers with fun games and activities. Bust out the sidewalk chalk and bubbles. Draw up a hopscotch board. Get your hula-hoop hips warmed up. Being an adult doesn’t mean you can’t have good, clean fun! No guest is going to forget a dinner party that makes them feel 10 years old again.

5. Be attentive.


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