Simply summer entertaining

Summertime is in the air and the holidays are fast approaching and, for some of us, this means we’ll soon be spoiled with so much time we won’t even know what to do with all of it.

Depending on who we are some of us like to spend these days out and about, maybe learning a new skill and exploring, being with friends and family while some of us just like relaxing with some chilled quiet nights in. One thing that can incorporate all of this is… Entertaining.

There are so many ways in which we can transform a space into a place. A backyard can turn into the outdoor cinema, the beach into a small oasis, the woods into whimsy or a simple home can become a haven. Setting up the place, making food or transporting furniture can sound like too much effort but the key here is simplicity. It doesn’t have to be super extravagant, complicated or expensive.

Here’s a great chance to be creative and innovative and make use of what’s already around you especially if you’re the DIY type. Here are some ideas:

  • Have a spare coffee table around or borrowing one from another room? Found spare blankets and/or cushions?
    • They’re great for setting up a quaint picnic in the backyard/beach/park.
  • Have a plain white wall or white bed sheet?
    • Grab or borrow a projector and make a chilled indoor or outdoor movie night of it.
  •  Have spare fairy lights or old jars or bowls with those unused tea lights?
    • This can provide great ambience and atmosphere to any nighttime occasion.

Or if you’re just wanting some inspiration, check out:

While we could spend the whole day putting up the perfect decorations and setting up your place to re-create the perfectly picturesque scene that looks like it could have come straight off Pinterest, in the end why put so much effort in the set up?

There is really only one essential when it comes to entertaining. People. It’s about wanting to share an experience and about preparing a place where people can feel comfortable and feel at home.

It also requires a little bit of planning and some thought about what will entertain them. As a host, the main thing you want them to bring to the ‘table’ is who they are (and maybe some delicious treat they might want to share).

At the end of the day, great entertaining is not just about you, and it’s not just about them. It’s really about those moments and experiences which are created from sharing who we are and letting others share with us.

Essentially entertaining is another way to show your love for your family, a way to express friendship, and a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and it is what everyone brings to the event that makes it a unique and genuine pleasure.

SO… what’s your creative way of “entertaining”?

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