Hello HGTV readers! I’m thrilled to be joining you for my first post on Design Happens! I hope you all had a lovely Memorial Day weekend and started your season of outdoor entertaining off right! Today, I’m sharing with you my top three must-haves for creating a welcoming and stylish outdoor entertaining space.
#1 Galvanized Metal Serving Pieces
No longer just for chilling buckets of soda and beer, galvanized serving pieces are everywhere these days. From serving trays to utensil caddies, galvanized metal goes with practically every decorating style and stays cold for hours. I have an extra-large galvanized bucket I always use for parties to keep drinks chilled. I also just picked up a galvanized tiered tray at HomeGoods that will make the perfect cupcake stand for my son’s upcoming birthday party.
Umbrellas are a must for entertaining in the sun, especially if you don’t have a canopy of trees covering your backyard. Provide your guests with an extended area of shade by using several umbrellas close together. Fabric umbrellas also add color and interest in your backyard whether they are poolside or positioned in the grass.
#3: Outdoor Pillows
Outdoor pillows are an easy and affordable way to instantly spruce up your outdoor decor with pops of color and pattern. Outdoor pillows made with durable fabrics are easy to find at most home decorating stores, home improvement stores and online. I recently updated my front patio furniture with green, blue & brown pillows, and I love how it looks now!
Do you have a must for hosting outdoor parties that didn’t make my list? I would love to hear your ideas!