Living is easy in the summertime. With more sunshine and warm temperatures, it’s no surprise that everyone wants to stay outside until the sun sets. This season, take advantage of the gorgeous weather and invite your friends over for a fun backyard barbecue. You can play yard games, grill delicious food and end the day roasting marshmallows around the campfire. Before you send the invitations to your family and friends, make sure your backyard is party ready. Don’t throw an average outdoor gathering this year – upgrade the summer BBQ with the following summer decorating tips and our favorite summer flowers:
- Pick a Theme
Patriotic decor is common during the summertime because of the Fourth of July and Labor Day. You can follow suit and throw a red, white and blue party or mix things up. A bright color scheme with warm shades of orange and yellow can liven up the party. Or, keep things cool and earthy with purple, blue and green hues. If you want to take things to the next level, don’t just follow a color scheme – try a popular summer theme for your party.
- Make Your Guests Comfortable
Keeping your friends and family cozy at the party is a must if you want them to stay for a while. Place new, comfortable cushions on all of your patio furniture to encourage guests to stay a while. You can also make a seating arrangement on the lawn out of picnic blankets and cushions so there’s somewhere for everyone to sit.
- Designate a Food and Drink Table
The party is centered around the barbecue, so don’t forget to designate areas for the food and beverages! Encourage friends and family to bring side dishes and desserts, and you can take care of the main courses. For delicious entree ideas, try some of these cookout recipes from Country Living magazine. For drinks, talk to your guests about bringing their own beer, wine and alcohol to share for a tasting during the party. Or, you can set up a bar cart and designate a bartender to keep your guests entertained and hydrated.
- Decorate with Lights at Night
If you plan on entertaining your guests into the evening, make sure the backyard is ready for the transition from daytime to night. Hang a string of lights around your balcony or patio area. You can toss another set up into the trees to give the party a chic touch. Light candles as centerpieces to keep the tables nicely lit at night for guests to enjoy conversation or play a game of cards after dark.
- Accent with Flowers
Why not embrace Mother Nature and decorate with gorgeous flowers? You can order bouquets from Teleflora and place them throughout the patio to make the party pop. Our summer flowers are the perfect arrangements for a celebration of outdoor fun this summer.
- Create Party Favors
Don’t let your guests leave the party empty handed! Give everyone a handmade party favor to take home. Consider making your own candles, hand soaps or bath fizzies to create a cute, unique spa package. Or, you can make a deconstructed s’mores kit for your family and friends to use and enjoy around the fire at the barbecue. Not only will they love this extra thought you put into your party, but the favors will make be adorable decorations at the gathering before your loved ones head home.