Casual get-togethers can pop up at any moment, especially as we near the end of the summer season. So go ahead, stock your outdoor kitchen cabinets for entertaining, fire up the grill, and take advantage of the last few weeks of warm weather by celebrating the end of summer with friends, family and neighbors.
A home bar is the ideal addition to an adult gathering. And while you may have the ultimate setup indoors, complete with beautiful bar room cabinetry, taking the party outdoors is another story. Create a clever beverage station with the help of a portable cart, like the Solid Black Granite Top Kitchen Cart in a Vintage Mahogany Finish from Willow Lane Cabinetry. Stock the cabinets below with glasses, beverage napkins, and everything else you need to mix up refreshing summer cocktails for your guests. Top the bar with an ice bucket, and seasonal garnishes, such as lime wedges, cherries, and fresh mint. There is even a handy place to hang a bar towel on the side.
When throwing together a last-minute soiree, don’t hesitate to ask guests to bring a favorite summer dish to share. Keep hotdogs, hamburgers, and chicken in the freezer, and an assortment of condiments in the refrigerator, for an impromptu feast. Then let your guests supply the buns, side dishes, and salads. If you don’t have enough pop on hand, fill pitchers with filtered water and lemon wedges, or brew up a quick batch of iced tea.
Don’t worry about finding ways to keep partygoers entertained. Purchase a variety of back yard lawn games, such as Croquet, Cornhole, and Bocce, and there will always be fun for all ages, at a moments notice!
Light Up The Night
A late afternoon summer soiree doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. String lights around your patio, light candles for extra ambiance, or start a fire pit complete with marshmallow for toasting.
Sweet And Simple
Stock your kitchen pantry with everything you need to make homemade S’mores, and you won’t ever have to sweat about whipping up a last-minute dessert for your guests. If you don’t have room for an outdoor fireplace, you can always grill up some fresh fruit for dessert instead, like pineapple or peaches, glazed with honey and topped with whipped cream. No baking required!
Warm And Cozy
As the seasons begin to change, retailers will be swapping out their summer inventory for fall and winter merchandise. Now is the time to score great deals on patio furniture sets, to make sure you have plenty of seating on hand for when guest decide to call. Keep things cozy by adding some comfortable outdoor pillows and thin cotton blankets for those deliciously crisp, late summer evenings that are sure to come.
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