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10 Simple Ideas for Summer Entertaining

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This is our absolute favorite time of year. The warmer temperatures outside have everyone out of their winter slumber and ready to get social. Whether you want to host a backyard barbecue or a weekend brunch, we have 10 Simple Ideas to make Backyard Entertaining an absolute breeze!

1.Design an easy menu

Choose easy dishes that you can prepare ahead of time, that way you can enjoy the outdoor party without getting stuck in the kitchen. Cut fruit, dips, spreads, and baked goods can be easy to whip up the day before. One of our favorite make-ahead dishes for a barbecue is this Loaded Baked Potato Salad from The Shabby Creek Cottage.

2. Keeps drinks simple

Just like the food, decide your beverages beforehand and keep it simple. Depending on the occasion, wine and beer may be an easy choice, but always be sure to include non-alcoholic options as well. We are currently obsessed with infused water – not only does it taste delicious but it’s super easy to make ahead of time!

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3. And you can easily take drinks to the next level with these impressive looking (yet easy to make) ice buckets from The Chic Site:

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4. Speaking of drinks…

Keep the drinks in a separate area from the food. This will encourage guests to mingle, and will keep folks from trying to balance plates and cups.

5. And keep those drinks bug free!

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We love this idea for using a simple cupcake liner to top your cup to keep your drink in and bugs out.

Entertaining in the summer means great weather, but warmer temperatures can almost mean bugs, so don’t forget about the food –

6.Serve salads and fruit in large glass canisters with a lid, like these from 4 Men 1 Lady:

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That way guests can serve themselves without worrying about flies in their food.

7. Another simple solution for bugs, use slices of lemon pierced with cloves on and around food as a natural repellant. 

8. And if you’re hosting guests near water, provide a simple station with bug spray and sunscreen.

9. Keep dessert straightforward with a serve yourself Ice Cream Bar.

Fill a cooler with ice and top with salt to keep it cool without melting. Add a few pints of ice cream, a scoop, and cones – you’re done!

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You can even take it to the next level by providing marshmallows – guests can add one to the bottom of their cone to keep the ice cream from melting out.

10. Lastly, keep decor simple by using fresh flowers and fruit. 

Bouquets of fresh flowers are so easy to decorate with, and guests can take them when they leave – no clean up required!

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Shop this look HERE.

You can also keep bowls of lemons, limes, and oranges (that you can use for drinks) to add pops of color to your tablescape without the waste!

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Molding a Better Future: Ceramics of San Antonio Palopo

The highlands of Guatemala have a rich geological history; through years of volcanic eruptions, various types of rock, sand, ceramics blogand ash have combined to create channels of clay in the exposed river systems of the highland valleys. This clay is perfect for making high quality ceramics. In the 1990s, his search for just such a source of great clay brought potter Ken Edwards to Guatemala. Like many who discover the wonders of Guatemala, Edwards stayed for a long time. Today, the ceramics studio he established in San Antonio Palopo provides the unique pottery pieces featured at Unique Batik, and income to generations of potters in the mountain village. Continue reading