Just because the calendar says August, doesn’t mean summer is over yet…
Today, I am sharing my outdoor summer entertaining spaces for a “Summer Celebration” Blog Hop along with a talented group of bloggers!
Before we get started, I want to thank Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for hosting our blog hop! Amber has a lovely home and always does an amazing job of decorating for the seasons. Be sure to hop over and say hello.
If you are just arriving from the lovely blog, The Crowned Goat…..Welcome! I am sure you enjoyed Coco’s beautiful lavender topiary post!
At the end of this post, you will find a list of all the participants in the blog hop. Be sure to visit as many as you can for tons of Summer Celebration ideas! Let’s get started…
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Summer Entertaining – New Pool and Patio
Let’s “jump right in” to the newest addition to our backyard…
This year, we completely transformed our backyard from an unused lawn and falling apart deck, to a new pool and patio! As soon as we have the last few things completed, I will share a full before and after. For now though, I will take you around to the highlights of the new space. As you can see, we had a free form pool put in. After years of “negotiating” (with the boys and I), my husband finally caved and agreed to a pool. My boys are teens now and we are becoming painfully aware at how fast the years are blowing by. Essentially, it was now or never…so we went for it!
Basically, if you love summer entertaining, put in a pool. As soon as the pool was completed, we’ve had people over our house almost constantly. It has made me love summer more than ever! Although we had a very rainy spring in New Jersey, the summer has been sunny and hot…so perfect for swimming! Also, we plan to use the hot tub on those cooler summer nights. Since the pool wasn’t finished until July, I think we will keep everything open through October. By then, there will definitely be some cooler nights. Let’s hope we don’t get any snow though! One year, we had snow right before Halloween!
Spaces for the Whole Family
Since there are four of us, I recently purchased these outdoor wicker chaise lounges. Right now, the chairs are sitting out in the full sun but I plan on adding our large cantilever umbrella to the area for some much needed shade. So far, my kids have enjoyed lounging around on the chairs after swimming. My plan is to use this space for reading. Though, I also have plans to hang out here in the afternoon with friends…and maybe some margaritas! Fun for everyone!
See how I included this spot in my list of backyard “staycation”ideas!
Summer Entertaining – The Fire Pit
Speaking of fun…besides the pool, the most used back yard addition is our fire pit! Seriously, I should own stock in marshmallows with all the bags I have purchased these past few weeks!
Almost every night, the neighborhood kids are by the fire pit chatting, roasting marshmallows and having a great time. For now, we are just using our plastic Adirondack chairs out there but I plan to buy some sturdier versions at some point. For awhile, I went back and forth between purchasing dark gray chairs or white chairs but I think I am leaning towards the classic white. Since the patio gets full sun, the white will stay cooler during the day plus I really love the look!
Summer Entertaining – Outdoor Dining
Even when we had a deck, we loved eating outside. Now that our outdoor eating area overlooks the pool, we love eating outside even more! Of course, I also love when we grill on the patio. Though I like to cook, it’s nice having my husband in charge of cooking dinner once in awhile. Don’t worry, I don’t make him do all the work. If he cooks, I clean up and vice versa…teamwork!
Recently, I set the table for a casual outdoor dinner. As you can see, I kept the colors pretty neutral with a little splash of blue to complement the pool water.
Luckily, my sealife outdoor pillows worked perfectly with the table setting…and the color of the pool!
As you can see, I coordinated the tan and white stripes on the place mats with the tan and white pillows on my other chairs. Normally, I am attracted to brighter colors when I decorate. Instead, for my outdoor areas, I decided to let the color of the pool be the center of attention…as it should be!
For each place setting, I cut a single hydrangea stem from some of our new bushes. Since our yard is usually full of deer, I was never able to have hydrangeas before. Luckily, installing a pool fence took care of that problem! Needless to say, I had my landscaper plant a whole bunch of hydrangeas in the flower beds.
I love the way the simple hydrangea stands out against the blue checked napkin. Now that I have all these flower bushes in my yard, I am looking forward to cutting them for arrangements in the future. Hopefully, I can keep the plants alive though…I don’t exactly have a green thumb!
Thanks for stopping by to see my new outdoor summer entertaining areas! If you want to see the latest version of how I’ve decorated my patio, please check out my simple ideas for outdoor spaces.
**Next, be sure to visit First Day of Home for some mimosa bar ideas!
Also remember to visit each of participants on the tour for tons of summer celebration inspiration!
Thanks again for stopping by and enjoy the summer tour!
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