It’s July and that means there is still plenty of summer to go and what better way to enjoy the summer months then entertaining outside? Plus it's my birthday month; birthday month plus beautiful outdoor weather = time to get outside and have some fun!!
When entertaining outside, the key to a successful party is comfortable guests. Always be sure to have ample seating arranged in a way that is conducive to conversations. Try setting up the seating in a “U” shape or maybe even consider a circular configuration. Try a sofa and 2 seats across from one another with a cocktail table in the center- maybe even a square cocktail table. Or even 2 chaise lounge chairs across from one another. The options are endless....These configurations are very current and will allow all your guests to be comfortable and be able to enjoy each others conversation.
To spice up your outdoor area, and add a sophisticated pop of color or pattern why not use an area rug? Today indoor-outdoor rugs have a plethora of colors and design. Don’t be afraid of trying that unique pop of color…this is your time to experiment. From streamline plain sisal with a border to a vintaged patterned area rug that brings back memories of when you were a child. Even an ombre style that can remind you of the summer blue skies to the dark evenings of the night.
The most commonly forgotten surface in a room is the ceiling and when it comes to the outside space there are endless options. Consider painting the color of the porch ceiling a contrasting color to add some levity to the space. If you don’t have the luxury of having a colorful porch perhaps you can add a pergola to your outside area. This will give your relaxation area a sense of grounding, similar to how the rug helps ground the outside seating area.
To top it off don’t forget the most important part, the outside bar area. Having a granite or natural stone counter top, tile flooring, a fully stocked bar, complete with a surround sound system will ensure hours of enjoyment by the pool.
By turning these tips into reality you can now be sure that the lazy days of summer will be filled with tons of fun in the sun. Enjoy the sun, friends, family, and beautiful views, and of course, many hours of cocktails and laughs. Don’t forget to invite your designer, you know how much I love a party!!