Summer is here and it's time to celebrate. So much of summer, especially for everybody in New York City is about getting away. Crowds flee the city every weekend to enjoy the beautiful weather at whatever destination appeals to them. Yes, vacation is great but summer also reminds me of cookouts and grilling and so many reasons to be outside. I thought I'd pass along some little details of summer entertaining that could add a little spice to your next event!
1. Drink Stations
When entertaining outside, refreshing drinks are a must to keep the crowd happy. If you don't want to limit yourself to wine and beer on ice, these punch jars are a great way to serve festive cocktails without being attached to the bar all night pouring. They allow you to make big batches and just let your guests enjoy! I love having all the fruit slices sitting inside the jars, it makes them look extra beautiful, so they serve as a decor element to your summer party or barbecue as well!
2. Yard Games
Incorporating (or even just offering) games at your next outdoor party adds so much variety to the event. Cornhole is a classic summer offering, but don't feel limited. Matching games like you see above are easy to make and can be coordinated with the color scheme of the event. If you're feeling committed you can make oversized versions of many games (Bananagrams, Jenga, Dominoes, Tic Tac Toe, etc). Having these sorts of alternative entertainment options are especially useful when some of the guests may not know each other and can use the games as an opportunity to start talking!
3. Blanket Basket
Outdoor parties always invite a little bit of a risk from weather. Depending on where you are in the world, people may be sweltering when the sun is out (and clamoring for some cold cocktails from your ice cold refreshment station) but start to get chilly when the sun goes down. Have a basket of blankets ready for people to cuddle up under. Whether you are making s'mores around a fire pit or hanging out by the pool after dark, this detail will make your guests feel taken care of and encourage people to continue to enjoy themselves regardless of the temperature.
Some of these details may feel small in the grand scheme of the party itself - food, drinks, date, venue, theme, etc. - but sometimes the little details can make the difference between a good party and a great party. Summer is high season for entertaining so taking the extra time to stand out from the pack with these elements of your next summer party will make you the toast of the town!