Congrats mamas! School’s out, and it is finally summertime. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but summer is one of my favorite times of the year because I get to spend more time with all of my family and friends. One thing that’s always on my summer to-do list is hosting a kid-friendly backyard dinner party. Whether it be just a casual BBQ, outdoor movie night, or chitchatting around a fire pit, a backyard celebration is the epitome of my summer.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next backyard party, I’ve got a slew of great tips and entertaining must-haves to help make your next event a success.

Must-Have: String Lights


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Not only are strings of lights perfect for when it gets dark outside, but they add such a comforting vibe to a summer night. I get mine at Pottery Barn! They have so many different styles and sizes. 

Must Have: A Cozy Seating Area 


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This fiesta inspired outdoor party has all the right vibes. In order to keep your guests comfortable, make sure to set up a seating area. Add some colorful and patterned accent pillows to spice up your summer decor. I love this Aztec pillow from Lulu & Georgia.

Must Have: Warm Blankets 


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Although summer days are often too hot, summer nights can get a little chilly! I love laying cute blankets from West Elm either over outdoor chairs or couches to keep my guests warm. 

Must Have: Appetizer Trays 


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I’m not going to lie; at any party, I always go straight to the appetizers. I love my white platter from Williams-Sonoma. It has handles, which makes it easy to serve to your guests outside!

Must Have: Fire and S’mores Station


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Sitting around the fire pit, making s’mores. Who could ask for anything more?! I promise if you have a s’mores station at your next dinner party, EVERYONE will be happy! 

Happy summer! 

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