Summer is upon us and synonymous with outdoor entertaining. Everyone wants to be outside enjoying friends and family, and soaking up the summer sun. You don’t need to have a huge backyard to host a summer party; in fact, some of the best spaces are intimate and charming. It’s not the size that matters but the details. Here are a few tips to create an enchanting summer soiree.

Jennifer Culp

Eclectic Tablescape

© Winnie Au 2014

Whether you have a make shift card table or set up an elegant farm table, have fun with the tabletop. Mix and match colors, textures and decorate with fruits, vegetables and herbs. Remember to keep it interesting and unexpected.

Potted Plants

© Reego Photographie

Even though you may be outdoors, keep the green flowing. Potted plants are a great way to bridge the flow between indoor and out, plus they look chic and charming on a table. So grab some fresh lavender or sage and the transformation will be instant.

Comfort, Comfort, Comfort

Christine Chang

The lazy days of summer require comfort. Make your guests feel like they can kick off their shoes and stay awhile. Rugs, floor cushions and lots of pillows are a must. And having a few extra throws lying around is a nice touch too. The décor should be casual and soft, allowing your friends to feel right at home. And now it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Happy entertaining!

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