With plenty of hours of daylight and warmer weather, summer is the best time of year to entertain. Planning a big summer dinner party might seem like an intimidating prospect, but with a little planning and creativity, this can be a simple undertaking.
The first step will be deciding where to eat – inside or outside. Either can be a lot of fun, but you should let the weather be your guide. One idea would be to have cocktails and light appetizers outside and head inside to dinner. If you have sufficient space and the weather is not too humid or hot, you can set a beautiful table outside. Just purchase some decorative coverings for the food to keep little pests from invading the food. If there are children coming to the party, dining outside is a lot of fun for them. They can have their own table or even sit on huge picnic blankets while they eat.
You can plan a formal dinner that includes an appetizer, entre and dessert or set up a summer buffet. A buffet can be a great way to go for a casual affair or a dinner where the guests have a variety of dietary needs, such as a few vegetarians or perhaps someone with a specific food allergy.
Seasonal ingredients are less pricey and generally at their peak of flavor, so choose these items instead of out-of-season fruits and veggies. For a buffet, offer some grilled meats, grilled sausages, grilled shrimp and grilled veggies on a huge platter and surround it with freshly prepared salads and simple side dishes. For a set dinner, consider a light and cool cucumber soup, followed by roasted pork tenderloin with a spicy slaw and a dessert of lemon meringue pie or strawberry shortcakes.
Decorating can be as simple as stringing up some pretty fairy lights in your garden and adding bouquets of fresh flowers here and there. Ordering flowers is the easiest way to go, saving you the time of going out, finding flowers and arranging them yourself. Online flower shops offer hundreds of amazing professional arrangements, so you are sure to find something you love.
Consider placing an arrangement in the center of your main dining table. You might need more than one if you will be dining on a long table. If the kids are seated separately at their own special table, forgo the flowers and make a bouquet of crayons or markers instead. Cover the kid’s table with white paper and let them get creative while the grown-ups sit and chat after supper.
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