Our Favorite Summer Entertaining Ideas

We’re officially in a summer state-of-mind. This lively season is filled with warm breezes, clear skies, and a desire to gather our closest friends and family, and just hang out! Take advantage of your spacious living areas and host a summer party at home with ease when you use our inspiration as fuel. Get ready to ignite the flame of summer fun and turn your home into the ultimate party destination.

Dinner on the Patio
Make the most of a beautiful evening and set up dinner on the patio with the ones you love. Create a casual party outside with a tablescape that will wow your guests. Add a few seasonal flowers, your favorite dinnerware, and a few tea light candles to set the mood. Keep the space lit with tasteful string lanterns, and set up a wireless speaker to play your favorite summer playlist.

Coffee and Dessert
If you want to host a gathering but want to keep it simple and small, invite your friends over for coffee and dessert. Adorn your coffee table with a spread of light desserts—like cookies, cupcakes, fruit, and chocolate—accompanied by a selection of tea and coffee. Use this time to catch up with your besties, start a book club, or enjoy a friendly chat with your neighbors.

Summer Fruit Party
Fresh fruit is available in abundance during summer months, so use this beautiful ingredient to your advantage! Host a “Fruit Party” and serve up smoothies, charcuterie, fruit cakes, tarts, daiquiris, and appetizers that put a fun spin on the theme. Level up a notch and have your guests come dressed as their favorite fruits!

The Quintessential Summer BBQ
There’s nothing boring about firing up the grill, putting on your favorite tunes, cracking open a cold one, and enjoying a summer evening at home. Invite your friends and family to join in the fun and have a grill-off. Have several people grill up their favorite dishes and enjoy them together. Voting on whose dish was the favorite is optional! Serve it up in your dining room or out on the patio. For larger gatherings, enjoy the BBQ area, shade pavilion, and lawns provided by your neighborhood’s shared amenities.

Euro-Summer Party
Dreaming of having the ultimate “European Summer,” but staying at home? Invite over your friends and make those dreams come true! Make spaghetti, a fresh arugula, peach, and burrata salad, and pop open a bottle of bubbly on the patio. A quick YouTube playlist later, and you’re all basically in France. C’est bien!

At Olson Homes, we want you to live your best life. Let us know if you use these tips by tagging us on social media. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Cheers, happy entertaining!


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