Effortless Entertaining: Summer Edition

The weather is warming up to summer, and we know you’re brainstorming ways to make this season the best ever. Now that you’re moving into your gorgeous new home at Magnolia Station at Cresleigh Ranch, it’s the perfect time to gather your loved ones and enjoy the great weather, good company, and plenty of laughter. It’s the best time of year to have people over, and hosting a memorable summer gathering doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can effortlessly entertain your guests and create lasting memories. Take a look at some of our tips!

Embrace Outdoor Ambiance

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and host your gathering outdoors. Create a cozy atmosphere by adding some comfortable seating, colorful cushions, and string lights. Enhance the ambiance with vibrant potted plants, fragrant flowers, and outdoor decorations. This natural setting will instantly uplift the mood and make your guests feel relaxed. Who doesn’t love string lights?! 

Plan Refreshing Beverages

Summer parties call for refreshing drinks. Go wild with the cocktails, but remember that guests also need to hydrate. Prepare a variety of thirst-quenching options such as fruit-infused water, homemade lemonade, or flavorful mocktails. Set up a self-serve beverage station with colorful straws, sliced fruits, and ice buckets. Don’t forget to have a cooler filled with chilled beverages to cater to different preferences.

Summertime Snacks

Keep the food light and fresh to beat the summer heat. Opt for a spread of finger foods, salads, and chilled appetizers. Prepare a colorful fruit platter or a DIY bruschetta bar with different toppings. Grilled veggies, sliders, and kabobs are also crowd-pleasers. Consider dietary restrictions and offer a few vegetarian or gluten-free options to cater to all your guests.

Engage in Outdoor Games

Nothing brings people together like a friendly game or two! Set up an area with classic outdoor games such as cornhole, badminton, or bocce ball. Provide enough space for activities like frisbee, hula-hooping, or a water balloon toss. These games not only entertain your guests but also encourage interaction and laughter. This is especially great when kids are in the mix!

Music and Entertainment

It’s not a party without music! Set the mood with a carefully curated summer playlist featuring upbeat and feel-good tunes. There are lots of ways to stream your tunes outdoors! Invest in some speakers, for starters! Music and entertainment add an extra layer of enjoyment and create a memorable experience for everyone.

Comfort and Convenience

Ensure your guests feel comfortable throughout the event. Provide shaded areas with umbrellas or canopies to escape the sun. Set up a few seating areas with cushions and blankets for relaxation. Keep insect repellents and sunscreen readily available. Also, have designated areas for food and beverages, making it easy for guests to serve themselves.

Enjoy It to the Fullest!

Summer passes quickly, so don’t waste time planning and enjoying great days (and nights!) with the people you care about!


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