The weather is (finally) warm, which means that the fourth of July is here! Whether you invite your neighbors, your friends, your in-laws or your loved ones, we have the opportunity to entertain ourselves for the big vacation. Blow up the fireworks and follow our guide.
Low-maintenance patio furniture
If your home is blessed with a patio or outside space, make sure you have low-maintenance patio furniture out there. Keep the pillows indoors until daylight and have your patio furniture hosed down quickly before your guests arrive. All-weather wicker furniture like the Biscayne Luxe swivel chair from Restoration Hardware is the perfect low-maintenance patio furniture.
Bust out the barbecue
If you plan to serve food to your guests – and we definitely hope so – you should consider simple ways to prepare a meal without heating up the whole house. We love barbecuing in summer. Not only is it a fun way to get out and about, but it also prevents the stove from heating up your home. And while everyone loves grilled meat, corn, zucchini, and tomatoes taste great on the grill too.
This summer won’t be the warmest in history. And if a grill isn’t enough to keep you warm, break out the fire pit. We placed a circular fire pit on the roof of this mid-century palace to offset the more angular elements of the roof.
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If you want to serve your guests something to drink, and we hope you do, then determine some ingredients for summer cocktails. And you don’t need a built-in wet bar to take your drink. Designate a counter or surface for cocktails and leave the rest to your guests. Rose cocktails are the perfect drink for this summer.
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If you plan to host your guests after sunset, then definitely consider your outdoor lighting options. If you’re trying to achieve a rustic, chic look, consider a string of lights. Check out what we looked like in this Hoboken apartment.