10 Summer Party Decor Tips & Tricks
Indoors or out, on the patio, or in the garden, we rounded up some of our favorite ideas to decorate, serve, and entertain at your 4th of July bbq, summer parties, or events.
Brighten your outdoor table with fabric: We love this idea from Lonny by David Stark that uses leftover fabric to cover lanterns and a vase. With a bit “of paint, Mod Podge, and handkerchief-sized textiles, they transformed three standard decor pieces into a vibrant tablescape that begs for a sunny patio.”
Striped Tray: “Dress a serving tray or two in jaunty stripes. All-purpose galvanized trays from garden centers make great candidates for outdoor entertaining — they’re inexpensive and sturdy enough to withstand years of use.” – Martha Stewart Living
The formula for a pretty summer flower arrangement: 2 flowers, 2 colors + a vase in one of those colors. HGTV Magazine originally used green hydrangeas and pink garden roses in our green linen ceramic vase, but try them in our verdigris glass cylinder for a unique color combo with a pop of pink, or in the teal version of this vase.
River stone paperweights: “Pretty paper goods are no match for an unruly summer breeze at an outdoor party. River rocks help keep plates and napkins where they belong.”
R is for Rocks: Wrap colorful yarn around a river stone to use as a napkin, balloon, or blanket weight when partying outside, or use easy-to-bend aluminum wire to make a photo holder for your child’s first birthday party.
Make seashell toothpicks that are perfect for serving shrimp or other small bites at your summer party; and they add that “beachy vibe.”
What’s for dessert? Martha adds marcona almonds dipped in chocolate to store-bought coffee ice cream and serves the sweet treat in our yellow and pink glass bowls.
1. Fabric covered lanterns & vase, Lonny. 2. Summery straw tablescape, domino. 3. Striped tray, Martha Stewart. 4. Summer flower arrangement, HGTV. 5. River rock paperweights, Martha Stewart. 6. R is for Rocks, Parents. 7. Seashell toothpicks in poached shrimp, Martha Stewart. 8. Dessert in pink & yellow glass bowls, Martha Stewart Living. 9. Seashell votive holders, Martha Stewart. 10. Lanterns & terra cotta pots, Real Simple.