Stripe Linen Top / Denim Shorts / Nude Sandals / Juliska Splatter Melamine Dinner Plate / Bamboo Flatware / Wicker Placemats / Juliska Isabella Large and Small Acrylic Tumblers / Juliska Isabella Acrylic Pitcher / Juliska Oceanica Napkin (also seen here) / Urchin Napkin Rings

I have exciting news to share today!  I am a new contributor to IBB Design’s quarterly magazine and my first article for IBB at Home Magazine is hot off the press!  I couldn’t be more excited to create content for this beautiful design magazine and work with Shay Geyer and her amazingly talented staff.

In this Summer Issue of IBB at Home, I shared My Tips for Easy, Summer Entertaining and I’m sharing them with you today as well…

Entertaining is my passion.  I love sharing that passion with others whether through entertaining tips and easy recipes.  Entertaining family and friends should be an enjoyable experience.  Something you look forward to, not dread.  These Tips for Easy, Summer Entertaining will help you to enjoy the evening as much as your guests and want to entertain often.

Create A Make Ahead Menu – Ensuring that you aren’t in the kitchen or at the grill all night helps you to be more relaxed. Your guests will be more at ease as well.  They won’t feel like they should be helping and you have time to enjoy their company.  Watermelon Gazpacho Shooters, an Avocado Bar and Barbecue Chicken are my go-dishes.  Pictured above is a new Ceviche recipe coming soon!

Set a Beautiful Table with Outdoor Dinnerware – There are so many gorgeous options now in melamine dishes and acrylic drinkware.  Over the years, I’ve collected a few patterns and love to mix and match them.  Using non breakable items also helps alleviate the worry of broken glass in the grass or pool.  This summer tablescape will easily become my July 4th Tablescape with just a few easy changes!

I also use fresh flowers every time I entertain.  I love to bring in a garden element by adding clipped greenery or magnolia leaves from my landscaping to the table as well.

Mix Cocktails and Mocktails in Batches for Your Self-Serve Bar – Everyone loves an icy cocktail or mocktail in the summer.  Mix yours in batches and serve in drink dispensers or pitchers with lids (as seen in this post) so that no one has to play bartender all night.  Our favorite batch cocktails are Sangrias including my new Rose Sangria pictured above.

Play around – We love to have a few outdoor games for guests.  This is especially great for family entertaining.  Lawn dice, Corn Hole and Bocce are our favorites.

Be A DJ – Make a great playlist or download one from Spotify.  Setting the mood is just as important as the food!

Insect Control – Be sure to spray your outdoor entertaining area early in the day to get rid of those pesky mosquitos.  Nothing ruins an outdoor party like these critters.

Once you have your plan in place, stick to it and use it over and over again.  Most likely you’ll have different groups over and no one will be the wiser!  Last summer, we used this formula and entertained every weekend we were in town.  I’m already using it this summer, too!

What are your favorite ways to entertain in the summer?  I’d love to know.  I’m choosing names from those who comment and are subscribed to the blog for June beauty box winners soon so be sure to chime in!

Happy Summer Entertaining!

xo

Alicia

PS – I’m working on a new special gift to subscribers so be sure to register for the newsletter so you are the first to receive it!  Subscribe now and receive my first eBook, Fresh Sips, perfect for summer entertaining!

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Thank you to Juliska for providing the tableware.

Photos by Mary Hafner

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