We love summer entertaining & will never turn down an excuse to have friends over for dinner and drinks. This past weekend, we had some of our neighbors over for a little modern fiesta style dinner after the kids were in bed, we served up some fish tacos, peach mango salsa, fresh watermelon & our favorite frozen margaritas.
So today we are partnering with Target to share a little outdoor entertaining inspiration, along with five quick tips for throwing together an easy summer get together!
1. Lanterns // Grouping a few lanterns together is an easy, but beautiful centerpiece. I love that most lanterns come in a few different sizes so you can get smaller ones for the table & larger ones to put on the ground to pull the look together. Add a citronella candle to keep the bugs away!
2. Plastic Plates // Forget paper plates for your outdoor gathering, melamine plates are not only beautiful, but also practical, especially if you have kids!
3. Beverage Station // Frozen drinks are always a hit for summer gatherings, but an extra large drink dispenser (also plastic, no worrying about breakables around here!) is a great way to keep everyone hydrated & not having to go in & out to fill up their cups. Try a fruit infused water like lime + mint for something that both looks good & tastes good!
4. Creative Serving Trays // You don't have to use your fancy serving platters to make things look great outside, grab non-traditional things like wood or marble cutting boards to serve food for a laid-back but still practical set up. For cold foods, keep that marble board in the fridge before bringing outside! ;)5. Extra Seating // For only $10 each, you can pull in some simple white sand chairs to give guests extra seating areas that are quick & easy to move around. They look chic without breaking the bank!
Sources: Small Blown Glass Lantern // Medium Blown Glass Lantern // Beverage Dispenser // Geometric Square Appetizer Plates // Marble & Wood Serving Board // Sand Chairs
This look was put together using a few neutral pieces with a "Modern Fiesta" in mind in collaboration with Rayan of The Design Confidential. We were challenged to pick out a few items for each other from Target to help style each others' spaces as a backyard party exchange, so be sure to head over to her blog to see what I picked for her "Palm Springs Inspired BBQ".
Happy summer partying!! XO