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Master the Art of the Summer Evening Party

Master the Art of the Summer Evening Party

The pools are open, the sun is setting late and the outdoor party season has officially begun!  While you may be partial to the classic daytime barbecue, I’m here to unpack a bag of tricks for your next summer evening soiree.  Your guests will be amazed at how picturesque your patio will be, and you’ll be pleased to know how easy and affordable it was.


Light The Path

Immediately floor your friends with a lighted walkway to the backyard.  Not only can you arrange lights, like the Osram LIGHTIFY GardenSpot Lighting Set, as creatively as you like, but you can change the colors and brightness with your phone!  Go red or blue for a festive Fourth of July party, or choose a golden hue for a cool summer vibe.

If you’re an old soul and prefer the ambience of candle light, check out a Park Hill lantern, or any of the stunning candle holders we have in store and online. These simple accessories work perfectly as table centerpieces, and can double as bug security if you use a citronella candle.  Or, if you have little ones hanging around, battery-operated candles are a great alternative.


Outdoor Lighting


Set The Mood

What’s a party without music? You can easily take any playlist to the outdoors with a portable Bluetooth speaker.  I am personally obsessed with my mint Bose SoundLink Speaker, but there are more than 60 other options to jam out with on the deck.  Simply connect your speaker wirelessly to your phone or tablet, and play Pandora, Spotify or your own music library.  But, pick wisely – you don’t want anyone singing the summer blues in your backyard! (Pro tip: Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” is a great start for any occasion this summer!)


Bluetooth Speakers


Gather ‘Round

Nothing screams summer nights like a bonfire. The smell, the warmth, the conversation, the food; it’s unbeatable.  It may seem overwhelming, but adding a fire pit to your setup doesn’t have to be a huge commitment.  While we offer stationary options, there’s a whole world of portable fire pits to check out.

You can add your style with colorful patio chairs and accessories, or invite your guests to BYOS (Bring Your Own Seat). After you find the perfect fire pit and stylish chairs to match, prepare a special dessert bar that will take your party to the next level.  In addition to the marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers, try some unconventional ingredients to spice up the classic s’more, like peanut butter cups, white chocolate, and Nutella.
With these party essentials in your back pocket, hosting a beautiful summer soiree will be a breeze.  It’s easy when you have everything you need in one place, and all at our everyday low prices!  Are you hosting a patio party soon? Let us know your must-haves in a comment below.


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