Celebrate With Kate {Outdoor Entertaining Ideas}

Kate Landers outdoor entertaining ideas
Images by Inga Finch Photography, courtesy of Brandi Brown.

Kate Landers outdoor entertaining ideas
Images by Inga Finch Photography, courtesy of Brandi Brown.

Kate Landers outdoor entertaining ideas
Images by Inga Finch Photography, courtesy of Brandi Brown.

Kate Landers outdoor entertaining ideas
Images by Inga Finch Photography, courtesy of Brandi Brown.

Summer grants most of us the longest days of the year. I find the extra hours of daylight and warmth perfect for lazy afternoons or late evenings spent outdoors with family and friends. It’s Kate Landers again, here to share a few tips for outdoor summer entertaining with style and ease.

  • Take Advantage Of The Fruits Of The Season. I absolutely adore serving fresh fruit during the summer, purchased from local farmers markets and produce stands when possible to support my community. While I enjoy serving mini fruit pies throughout the summer (topped with homemade ice cream of course), many guests prefer to enjoy the fruit as a dessert on its own. Therefore I recommend setting out a food-safe bucket or bushel full of ready-to-eat berries, peaches, cherries or your favorite fruit in addition to the sweets you bake them in, for all guests to enjoy!
  • Bring What’s Indoors Outside During Summer Months. It’s becoming more common to bring weather-proof pieces of furniture (such as an armoire or hutch) to a protected area outside to provide a stylish and practical surface to serve guests. Where you use it for a serve-yourself beverage station or to set up a casual breakfast buffet stocked with pastries and jam, you will likely wonder how you went all these years not using it for your outdoor soirees.
  • Create A Casual Atmosphere With Your Tableware. Set the mood for a comfortable and relaxed outdoor celebration using casual tableware, such as mason jars for beverage glasses. These work great for ice cold drinks, and double as lightening bug catchers for the kids!
  • Use Products From Nature For Tables and Seating. Bales of Hay can be used as both a table and seating for children and adults for your backyard bash. Cover with a seasonal fabric to create a theme for a BBQ or afternoon picnic.
  • Keep Supplies Handy. I like to stock a bucket filled with sunscreen, wide-brimmed straw hats, bugspray, flashlights, a few decks of playing cards, hand-held fans, beach towels and blankets to provide guests protection and comfort.

Keep outdoor entertaining relaxed and simple. Enjoy yourself. Remember, nature has an incredible calming effect to help melt away those hostess-nerves–so enjoy every moment you can outdoors!



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5 Responses to “Celebrate With Kate {Outdoor Entertaining Ideas}”

  1. Kristina McCook Says:

    LOVE all of the inspiration Kate!!!

  2. candice Says:

    I love your style and your ideas, its so nice to find someone who has similar tastes and ideas. I’m all about trying to keep things simple and relaxed and you do it so well. Thanks for the great ideas an adoring fan from southwest Nebraska Candice Schilke

  3. Debbie @thehiphostess Says:

    So pretty and so inviting! Guests at this party would feel so comfy and welcome! I’m hosting a Rehearsal Dinner in Sept and this is exactly the look I’m going for. Thanks for the fabulous inspiration!

  4. Inspire Me Heather Says:

    Great post and I love the photos – so Summery! I linked this to my outdoor entertaining post too, for inspiration!

  5. Alberto Sebourn Says:

    Hello friends,this is a nice site and I wanted to post a note to let you know, good job! Thanks.

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