Here's a behind-the-scenes look at my Americana-inspired summer party. Think bright colors and patterns, food fresh off the grill, and a do-it-yourself snow cone station.
Meet the Hostess
I'm always looking for fun ways to put a twist on expected holiday décor, while still giving a nod to tradition. Fourth of July is the perfect time to incorporate touches of Americana, and Target's summer POPTIMISM! collection laid the foundation for all the colorful, bold decor elements we used throughout the picnic. Hot dog, watermelon, and ice cream motifs feel very all-American, and look great combined with traditional stars and stripes!
Summer entertaining is all about impromptu outdoor parties, food served straight off the grill and bare feet. I love to host fuss-free gatherings where the host can have as much fun at the party as the guests!
Transport Your Treats
Use festive, but disposable, flatware and serveware so you can picnic in style, but cleanup is a breeze. Basic Tupperware and an insulated thermos are perfect for transporting everything and make it easy to dish and display everything for guests as they arrive. I load everything in and out of a big beach bag with a picnic blanket and a portable speaker so we can play a summery soundtrack.
In the heat of the summer, guests will drink more cold beverages than you ever thought possible. Set up a drink station in a shaded area of the yard where everyone can pour their own beverages and go back for refills as many times as they like. Mix and match glassware for a casual vibe, and include a couple of seasonal garnishes like fresh herbs and berries to dress up cocktails. I love to fill large drink dispensers with lemonade and infuse water with cooling mint and cucumbers. They make the bar look amazing while ensuring that there's always a nonalcoholic option to quench guests' thirst.