Summer Style

I love this time of year when parties on the patio are the order of the day!  Here are a few fresh ideas from Good Housekeeping, to help you keep your cool.
Don’t have enought lawn furniture to accomidate everyone?  Bring some of your indoor furniture, out!  Small side chairs & tables can be easily transported.  Use coordinating table cloths and cushions to create a seamless look.
Set up a beverage station away from the food so traffic can move freely.  Provide a recycle bin for empty bottles.
Be sure to keep your food buffet at proper temperature.  Don’t let dishes sit out for more than an hour, or create a ‘cooler’ by filling a larger container with ice and setting bowls of salads on top.
Put your office supplies to work for you.  Use plastic stick-on flags for drink markers – just jot down your name with a marker. Secure napkin-wrapped cutlery with colorful rubber bands.
Finally, keep your guests comfortable by filling a basket with sunblock, bug spray, and even light throws for when the sun goes down.
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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Kim @ Frost Me! says:

    I love the sun lotion basket – I have to remember that for our summer BBQs!

    Kim @
    party inspiration

  2. Simply Creative Insanity says:

    It has already been in the 90's here! I love summer!

  3. Stephanie says:

    I love the recycle bin idea, I don't know why I haven't thought of that before. Plus the sunscreen/bug spray is always needed, you never know when those little buggies will be out!

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