Every year around this time I suffer from a very particular ailment. I’ve come to find out that the official term for it is “must-have-all-the-latest-summer-accessories/gadgets/gizmos-so-that-I-can-be-the-perfect-summer-hostess-itis “.
Is anyone else suffering from this problem? I mean, when it’s all right there at the front of every store it is so hard not to give into it! Fancy beverage dispensers, plastic platters that look so ‘un-plastic’ that you simply must pick one up to believe they really are plastic, clip on grill lights, outdoor speakers, over-sized ice buckets, lanterns, utensil caddies, and about a million things with the American flag on them. It’s so easy to think that in order to set the stage for the perfect summer gathering we need all of these ‘extras’.
But then reality hits. Where do you store it all during the rest of the year? I don’t know about you but I don’t have a dedicated ‘outdoor summer entertaining accessories’ closet. And, the even bigger reality to hit you (which might be harder to accept if you have a disconnect between your ‘imaginary’ life vs. your ‘real’ life) is that you’re not throwing fancy, five course, sit-down dinner soirées every weekend. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s more along the lines of, “hey, do you guys want to come over for pizza and brownies from a box?”
So, I’d like to now declare myself officially cured of my aforementioned ‘itis’. I’ve finally realized that I don’t really need all of those designated ‘summer’ items to create the right atmosphere for my outdoor entertaining whether it be a last-minute pizza in a box kind of night while the kids run around in the yard or a fancy soirée. I mean, a girl can dream of hosting a soirée now and then, right? 😉
No need to spend the money on an outdoor bar when you can simply turn a TV tray into one with the addition of a handled tray on top!
Those giant beverage tubs seem like a great idea until you have to figure out where to store it the rest of the year. Why not just use a galvanized bucket instead? This is one I decorate with year round inside my home so I always have it in arms reach. And filled with ice its the perfect way to chill those bottled beverages.
I keep bread sticks and salami or prosciutto on hand at all times for a simple yet elegant appetizer.
We always keep our favorite summer-y music loaded and ready to push ‘play’ at a moment’s notice. ‘Pink Martini’ is a family favorite and you won’t be able to keep from kicking up your feet as soon as you hear the first strands of music.
And just like keeping the inside of your home fairly clean and tidy (most of the time) makes it easier to host last-minute gatherings inside, creating a beautiful foundation for gatherings outside means that you will always be ready to welcome friends and family at any moment. That’s why lighting and ambiance are so important. And this beautiful TIKI® Brand Glowing Tabletop Torch definitely ups the ambiance factor big time! There are some things that you just make room for, right? 😉
I can’t even begin to tell you how much we love that someone finally came up with an easier way to pour the TIKI® Brand Torch Fuel into the TIKI® Brand torches. Genius!
And, I love how these turquoise colored glass TIKI® Brand Torches look against the green of the trees in the background.
Once you have set the stage for your summer gatherings…
…and you have recovered from “must-have-all-the-latest-summer-accessories/gadgets/gizmos-so-that-I-can-be-the-perfect-summer-hostess-itis “, you can simply sit back and enjoy!
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