Kick Off the Summer! (Decorating Ideas & More!)

Happy weekend and welcome to the Saturday Spotlight!  Each week, I focus on a different theme or topic to inspire you.  Since Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, it’s time to start enjoying the season!  Today, I’m sharing decorating ideas, shopping finds and a bunch of ways to kick off the summer!  Come get inspired…

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Ways to Kick off the Summer…

Welcome Summer with Seasonal Decor:

Yes, it’s time to freshen up your home for summer…

If you need inspiration, take a look at how I decorated my home for summer last year.  In addition to my home tour, you’ll also see links to tour 25 blogger homes!  Be sure to come back on June 11th when I’ll be sharing my summer decorating ideas for this year!

White hydrangeas on tray on kitchen island - summer foyer and home tour

Add Coastal Decor to Your Home:

This summer, channel your inner Nancy Meyers…

If you love the movie house from Something’s Gotta Give, sprinkle in some of that timeless summer style into your home.  Whether you’re planning a coastal dinner party of just want to add a few coastal accessories, summer is the time to do it!  For inspiration, here is one of my favorite coastal table settings along with links to other coastal ideas shared by my blogger friends!

Coastal style table setting with blue napkins, white plates, shells, hydrangeas and shells - ways to kickoff the summer

Embrace Outdoor Living this Summer:

From hot summer days to cool summer nights…

A few years ago, we redesigned our backyard and built a new pool and patio.  Not only has it been a wonderful outdoor living space for our family but it’s become a great place to entertain friends and family.  A couple weeks ago, I replaced our flimsy plastic Adirondack chairs with these Polywood chairs!  What a difference they’ve made around our firepit!

White Adirondack chairs around a stone firepit - kickoff the summer ideas

Kick Off the Summer with a Treat for Yourself:

This season, elevate your summer wardrobe with a cute new handbag…

Not only is this the perfect summer bag, but it has the look of the more expensive ones.  Since it was low in stock, check the Mango website to see if they’re still carrying the smaller version.  

Raffia look bucket handbag on table with flowers - kickoff the summer

Save or Splurge on Home Accessories:

Start off the summer season in style…

If you want to get the Pottery Barn look for less, check out these two table runners.  Seriously, I think they look identical!  In fact, I just ordered the “save” version and will be creating a summer tablescape in the near future.  *Update: I styled the runner on my coffee table in my latest summer home tour!

For more deals on early summer decor, be sure to read Splurge vs. Save (Home Decor for Spring & Summer)

Kick-off Summer at an Outdoor Concert:

If you enjoy live music under the stars, order your summer tickets soon…

In New Jersey, the PNC Bank Arts Center is a popular place to see a concert.  In fact, I was just browsing through their summer schedule and noticed The Beach Boys will be appearing there on June 1st.  Is there a better band to kick-off the summer season?  In the past, we’ve kicked of the summer with summery bands like Zac Brown…(who I hope to see this summer as well!)

Zac Brown band on stage

Kick Off the Summer with Shopping Finds:

Be ready for the first day of summer…

If you’re looking for fun activities for your next summer barbecue, look at this croquet set! 


Embrace blue and white this summer with a classic striped outdoor pillow.


To infuse some summer style to your outdoor living space, add a pretty outdoor rug!


Now, for even more ideas to kick off the summer, here are some finds from around the internet:

Hopefully, I’ve inspired you with ways to welcome the summer season!

In addition, here are some more blog post that will help you celebrate the unofficial start of summer…

How are you kicking off the summer?


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Adirondack chairs on patio - ways to kick off summer

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  1. Featuring this wonderful post tomorrow on Farmhouse Friday 351. Thank you for linking up and sharing your talents with us. Happy Summer! pinned

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