The weather is (finally) warm, which means that the Fourth of July is here! Whether you’re inviting your neighbors, your friends, your in-laws or your loved ones, we’ve got the scoop on entertaining for the big holiday. Bust out the fireworks and follow our guide.
Low-Maintenance Patio Furniture
If your home is blessed with a patio or outdoor space, then make sure you’re equipped with some low-maintenance patio furniture. Keep the cushions indoors until the day of and give your patio furnishings a quick hosing before your guests arrive. All-weather wicker furniture, like the Biscayne Luxe Swivel Chair from Restoration Hardware, makes for the perfect low-maintenance patio furniture.
Bust Out the Barbecue
If you plan on serving your guests some food—and we certainly hope you do—then consider easy ways to cook up a meal without heating up the entire house. We love grilling during the summer. Not only is it a fun way to enjoy the outdoors, but it’ll keep the oven from heating up your house. And while everyone loves some grilled meat, corn, zucchini and tomatoes taste great on the barbecue as well.
This summer isn’t set to be the warmest one in history. And so if a barbecue isn’t enough to keep you warm, bust out the fire pit. We placed a circular fire pit on the roof of this Mid-Century Palace, to balance out the more angular elements of the roof.
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If you plan on serving your guests something to drink, and we certainly hope you do, then set out some ingredients for summer cocktails. And you don’t need a built-in wet bar to get your drink on. Designate one counter or surface to cocktails and leave the rest to your guests. Rose cocktails are the perfect drink for this summer.
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If you plan on hosting your guests after the sun sets, then you should definitely consider your outdoor lighting options. If you’re trying to go for a rustic chic look, then consider string lighting. Check out how we got the look in this Hoboken apartment.