The days are getting longer and the weather is warming up nicely. This time of year is just begging for more outdoor entertaining, something that I absolutely live for. I know the thought of hosting a guests during the workweek can seem formidable – I mean, there are some nights where I’m so exhausted, I can hardly wrap my head around what to even order from a takeout menu. But if you’ve got just a few minutes to spare, you can easily whip together an impressive spread for your guests. Today, in collaboration with #TargetStyle, I’ll be giving you tips on how to spruce up your backyard for a midweek game night with friends.
Candles make everything better: My #1 trick for making a table look beautiful and full is candles, candles, and more candles! Use outdoor lanterns and chic candle holders – and mix in lots of tea lights to fill empty spaces. Those flameless candles are also great for a breezy evening.
Simple foods: It’s the middle of the week, don’t stress about cooking up a feast. It’s perfectly ok to make it semi-homemade. Order pizza, make a salad and assemble a cheese and fruit platter and have your guests bring dessert. But whatever you do, don’t forget the cocktails! Moscow Mules are a crowd pleaser and so easy to make (recipe here). There’s something about the copper mug that makes that ginger, vodka and lime concoction that much more refreshing.
Add texture with textiles: A neutral colored linen tablecloth matches anything and because wrinkles are a given, it’s easy. And we like easy. Throw a sheepskin over chairs and add a few cute throw pillows for extra comfort.
Outdoor lights: Just like candles, string lights instantly add that warm and fuzzy touch to an outdoor space. I like keeping them up all spring and summer long . . .
Happy game night! And check out how Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio hosts her guests in her lovely backyard!
(images by HonestlyWTF)