Simple Summer Entertaining

It occurs to me that I haven’t contributed to my entertaining section of my blog in a while. And although I haven’t hosted any major gatherings lately, there have been several little ones. So here are some tips for those awesome summer days that turn into impromptu gatherings. I just love this time of year. 

1. Invite (or cordially accept) your friends over. Maybe the people you hung out with on the 4th of July? You probably like them.


2. Whether you are sending out informal invites (phone calls or texts) or the neighborhood has migrated to your back yard, serve snacks. Everyone wants to eat- usually right away, and in my experience often all day. Keep corn chips and salsa on hand at all times. (If you happen to have avocados, tomatoes, onions and seasonings, a little guacamole is a fun seasonal treat.) Of course most kids (and adults) I know are happy with Doritos too.

3. The same goes with drinks. Sure it’s nice to have a cooler full of chilled pop (or whatever you like). If you have the time to stock up on beverages great! Maybe you have a limited budget? Hey, no worries, it’s just nice to be together… but at least serve water… iced is even better… and if you have time for lemon or limeade, they’re just classic.


4. Just add water. In the northern midwest we have a short season where it is desirable to be wet while we are outside. I like to take full advantage of it. You don’t have to have a pool or pond or lake… The kids I know are happy with a sprinkler or slip ‘n slide or good old fashioned balloon fight!


5. Now you are not obligated by any means to feed everyone a meal unless you have said you would, but I can’t imagine another way. If you’re not prepared, it’s always fun to order pizza. I think it’s a good idea to keep hot dogs and buns on hand all summer long. We’ve had parties where everyone brings their own meat (and/or veggie patties) to grill which can be fun too. Of course it’s always a winner when you put burgers and brats over the flame. Can you smell the summer in the air?


6. The fun is not over until you serve something sweet. It can be cheap and store bought. It can be thoughtfully homemade. My suggestion? Make it something that’s going to melt. Popsicles or ice cream cones… Sticky chins and drips down shirts are what memories are made of this time of year.



    1. Thank you Terry πŸ™‚ I don’t always feel prepared! Especially since I am still recovering and am completely dependent upon my husband, sister and mother! Can’t wait to get in that kitchen again!

  1. Such great advice. Entertaining need not be stressful nor expensive … you nail it with this post which I am bookmarking for my trip to France (tonight) and back here in mid-August. It needs to be done (and we are fortunate to have a pool – it would be rude not to enjoy it with friends and their littlies). A teeny footnote – we had planned to have a 14 July (Bastille Day to the non-French) celebration. We didn’t have time – it’s tragic to be relieved that we didn’t.

    1. Thank you for your positive feedback on my post! And as far as the celebration, it is an unfathomable tragedy. I am so saddened for the loss, and am grateful to know you are not among them. Safe travels! Bon voyage!

  2. Lovely post Sadie,and some great ideas. We are heading into Summer shortly, so your tips will definitely be put to use..there is always plenty of entertaining going on around our pool !
    Hope you are recovering nicely. πŸ™‚

  3. Beautiful post Sadie and lovely pictures πŸ™‚ I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Happiness Tag if you would like to take part- info on my blog πŸ™‚

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