Summer Entertaining At Its Best!

Good morning! I hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  We spent the last three days at Joey’s baseball tournament.  I love watching the boys play both on and off the field.  Put a dozen 10-year-olds together for 72 hours and you will get quite a show. 

 

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The unfortunate part about the weekend was that there were technical difficulties with my blog.  I was able to get them resolved late last night, but it messed up my posting schedule.  Hopefully everything will be back on track this time tomorrow. To those of you who tried to visit over the weekend, I apologize for the inconvenience.  I’m happy with my move to WordPress, but with the move comes glitches here and there for a little while.  I hope everything has ran its course, but only time will tell. 

I’m sure many of you entertained over the weekend and welcomed the “official” start of summer with open arms.  Looking ahead over the next few months, I envision some fun summer days and nights.  It makes me think about things like….

 

…the most perfect lemonade stand you will ever see.  I want to duplicate every single thing I see in this picture and think I’ll have a couple of opportunities to do so.  It is nothing but a great big citrus smile!

lemonade stand.

Crave Photography

 

…a fantastic popcorn station that draws you in the second you see it.  Is this not the greatest thing?  I had one in the works for an upcoming event and will be stealing a lot of ideas from this set up.  Kids and adults will both love it.

 

Kids popcorn stand.  How funny - I was just telling the kids today that a popcorn bar would be great for baseball-end-of-year party.

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…some gorgeous illumination in a really, REALLY, cool way by putting glow sticks in balloons and then floating them in your pool.  How awesome is that?  I know….what if you don’t have a pool?  We don’t have a pool, but I do have a quite a few galvanized tin tubs that we use for a variety of things, including large ice “buckets” for chilling drinks in the summer.  Filling them with water and placing them around your yard with these in them would be a good alternative to a pool.  Or, there are always KIDDIE pools…they would be great for this!

 

water lanterns - a balloon and a glow stick.  Pool party???

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…another form of great lighting – my Glow Jars.  They can be used anywhere, inside and out, without or without the colored lighting.  One reader mentioned how great they would be for camping as well.  I agree.

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…DIY utensil “kits” that are ready for your guests to grab-n-go.  So cute!  If you are having a barbecue, throw in  a little wet-wipe towelette.

Cute idea....drink, utensils and napkin...just for you!

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…the perfect recipe for the kids to have hours of fun, and for you to be a kid again. 

super giant bubble recipe   Needs to sit for 1 hour

designdazzle.blogspot.com

 

…adding some whimsical decorations to your outdoors.  These are made with brown craft paper and a few pieces of color.  What a big statement of fun these would make around the outside during a party.  Do you know of a little girl with a birthday this summer?  How about throwing in pops of red, white and blue in lieu of the pastels for your 4th of July get-together?

amazing brown craft paper flowers with pops of color

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…a “barn” party that brings out the equine-love in you.  I love the colors of the display.  If you don’t do horses, use a different animal and adjust the colors, but the concept could easily be the same. 

{Party of 5} Cowgirl Chic, Christening, LAtelier, Holiday Fairy, & Trim a Tree

Hostess With The Mostest

 

…a fun alternative to linen napkins and a nicer alternative to paper napkins – colorful bandana handkerchiefs!  These would be perfect for that barn party!

Pops of pretty color on a buffet display via the pleated poppy

The Pleated Poppy

 

…fancy shmancy ice cubes.  This may not be a revelation, but they are still awesome.  They remind me of when I made these.

Liven up those ice cubes

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…a great way to have my absolute favorite salad on a stick.  I am definitely making these this summer – all for ME.

caprese pops

Pinterest Via blog.brightnest.com

 

…a bedazzled strawberry. 

Red, white and blue strawberries

Pinterest Via allrecipes.com

 

Oh…I could go on and on and on… 

Here are a couple of fun places to go for more ideas to start off your summer:

 

Summer Entertaining Guide

jennysteffens.com

 

 

Summer Entertaining Ideas from BHG

bhg.com

 

Enjoy the season!!

 

Be inspired,

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Comments

  1. These are great ideas. My hubby and I finally picked a date for our housewarming party this summer… I’ll definitely be using some of these. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Aaaaahhhhh….Summer! Loving those fancy strawberries for the 4th of July celebration. And the lemonade party reminds me that I want to make a lemonade serving tray! Thanks Shari. Enjoy your week.

  3. I love summer and these are all fabulous tips! Good luck with the busy week ahead.
    XO
    Kristin