August and the holidays shout summer entertaining. However, we have one small issue, we don’t have a lot of outside space. Therefore, we have to transform our indoor space. We fling those windows and doors open, and we transform our home into a great party venue. We have to make our home somewhere people want to visit! How do we make our house a summer party house?
We are creating a fiesta mood so we need to think about bright and bold tableware. Plastic is even ok here, or how about enamel? Think kitsch but cool. You can get some great picnic plates with bold prints on them. Also think about your table. We want lots of fresh cut flowers (or faux), pretty lights and candles. This will help create the party mood. Finally, remember your cocktail glasses. Perhaps some plastic non-spill jars with bendy straws. Also we always need a little cocktail umbrella!
We need to make sure all of our guests are comfortable. We need lots of seating so that everyone has somewhere to sit. However, if you are limited for space then poufs are a great option. Chairs that can be folded and stored away once your guests go home are another alternative.
If you are like us and you don’t have the best view, then create one. Bring the outdoors into the home with your choice of art. You don’t need to spend a lot of money. It can be photos from your travels, old postcards or prints you have found online. You just want to create a talking point for you and your friends. If you do have views then flaunt them. Uncover the windows and make sure that they are wide open.
A good party always has a well stocked bar. If you fancy yourself as Tom Cruise from Cocktail (meeeeeeeeee), then perhaps you want to invest in a proper mini bar. Go crazy and impress guests with your mixology skills.
To be the summer hostess with the mostess embrace the party spirit. Think of the Olympics. Not the athletes but the city – Rio! Embrace what Rio does best – carnivals. Recreate that carnival spirit at home. Think lots of bright colours and lots of fun!