A FEW STAPLES FOR SUMMER HOSTING
Picnic Set Up
I am a big fan of picnics – makes for a great “kids table” and can be as simple as tossing it out or fancied up with throw pillows and chargers (psst Dollar Tree). Adults dig it too. The riser is just a pallet, cut in half, and painted, and the blanket was snagged on clearance at Walmart. It’s great quality, goes right in the wash after each use, and zips up for tidy storage.
What kid (or adult for that matter) doesn’t love bubbles? They add pizzazz to an already bubbly good time. I grab bubble wands every time I see them on sale. Pro tip: grab a big ole mama jama bottle of refill, because you know little Sally is going to dump her wand out immediately.
I personally am not a fan of sand. It gets into every nook and cranny and seems to show up for days on end… but there is something so special about sitting in the sand (or dirt) with my littles, chatting, building, and if you’ve got little boys, demolishing. Pro tip: grab a mesh laundry bag for storage. Throw them in the bag, sand and all, dunk in the water a time or two, and you’re ready to roll.
This gem was salvaged and with a little love was brought back to life. You know what they say—one’s trash is another’s treasure. It makes for an amazing piece at any party for adults or littles. Fill it up, drink it down!
One more time for those in the back… when it comes to hosting, we aren’t participating in the ridiculous expectation of doing it all.
Go ahead and toss perfection out the door. Pick a day, gather your people, and hit up the DT to save a buck!
Do what you are good at and lean on others’ expertise to do the rest. Ya’ll, summer is here, and the pact has been made!
Thank you to Phillip & Cindy Jones for the use of their beautiful home and property for this photo shoot.