Interior Design : Outdoor Living: Summer Entertaining Made Simple

Summer entertaining made simple by Robin LaMonte of Rooms Revamped Interior Design

Hosting an outdoor party before Labor Day?
Whether you’re hosting a gathering of friends or like me, a pool party with the family, make  it easy on yourself like I do.
1.Keep the Menu Simple:
Prepare all of the food except the meat 2 days before the party.
Cold salads,appetizers, and desserts are popped into the refrigerator.
I also use a crockpot for my baked beans while my gas grill has side burners to boil the corn.
The meat is prepped and ready to be grilled (which I don’t do- this is when the men step up to the plate!)
If you don’t have the time, get it catered and ready to be picked up the day of your party.
You can also have your guests bring food too.
Remember this is a STRESS FREE dinner party!

                               Isn’t this Burger Bar a clever idea from the Savvy Mom?

2. Set up your food stations-buffet style

House Beautiful

3. Get creative with your cocktail/ refreshment table or bar cart.
Country Living
4.Make sure you have plenty of seating for your guests.

Summer entertaining made simple by Robin LaMonte of Rooms Revamped Interior Design

5. Keep your Table Settings to either paper or melamine.
 I prefer melamine dinnerware because it is reusable and we entertain a lot in the summer. 
I purchased my glassware and dinnerware from my wonderful friend in Atlanta, Steve McKenzies.

Dolce Vita water glass
Acrylic Dolce Vita Water Glass

Le Cadeaux Melamine platter
Le Cadeaux
This wonderful outdoor dining is from Frontgate. This appeared at the 2015 Atlanta Decorator’s Showhouse and Gardens where Frontgate was a sponsor.
Frontgate at the 2015 Atlanta Decorator's Showhouse
6. Simple flower arrangements for casual outdoor dining.
You can create a sunflower arrangements in lanterns like I did or  like this mason jar.
Nothing says summer better than sunflowers!
http://bloginthefamily.blogspot.com/2011/04/wedding-recap.html
7.If weather permits, have your guests over to swim or play outdoor games.
Our pool is the main attraction at our house in the summer.
Summer entertaining made simple by Robin LaMonte of Rooms Revamped Interior Design

 My guests entertain themselves in our pool as I set up the food and beverage stations on tables.

Summer entertaining made simple by Robin LaMonte of Rooms Revamped Interior Design

A putting Green is another popular feature people are adding to their backyards for outdoor entertaining.
Putting Green
Tour Greens


Put in a horseshoe pit…

horseshoes are fun for everyone
DIY Network

Croquet is a great yard game for all ages.

Croquet is a great lawn game

Cornhole Games College themed to get your crowd ready for the football season!
https://www.victorytailgate.com/cp-62417-Clemson+Tigers+Cornhole+Game+Set+Hardcourt+Triangle+Version.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjwwry8BRDjsbjMpPSDvagBEiQA5oW0nPr8-UdmcBg9TbESpUM6sdLVSYtpt9zLQp0nD9poA1waAvdC8P8HAQ
https://www.yardoutlet.com/products/florida-gators?codesf=4138825822&gclid=CjwKEAjwiMe8BRD0ts3Vtv-ohWgSJAAZurk1i42dS41BBDUaKadt6q-OMU2j-hYwoUKyFiz64zM0dBoC1Sjw_wcB
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Summer entertaining made simple by Robin LaMonte of Rooms Revamped Interior Design
Photos of Robin LaMonte were taken by the talented CatMax !

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