5 Tips for Welcoming Summer Guests

Nothing says summer like a Fourth of July celebration. With more and more crowds at the beaches and in parks, people are deciding that a staycation celebration is more their speed. But how do you welcome friends and family with fabulous outdoor spaces? Try these 5 tips for making the most of summer soirees for your guests:

Front House Exterior, Kriste Michelini - Luxe. RED Awards Reader's Choice Winner 2019
Interior design project by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

1. Make an Entrance

Too often, we spend all our money and time on backyard spaces and forget the front of the home. But that’s usually where your guests enter, so you want to make an impression. Set a casual summer mood with seating on a front porch. If you have a place for a flag, wave that red, white, and blue – it’s the perfect accessory for the Fourth. And be sure your front door is gorgeous and welcoming.

Kriste Michelini outdoor design
Design by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

2. Be at Ease

The most important key to welcoming your summer guests is to make them feel comfortable. Give them plenty of seating so that they’ll want to stay for hours. And be sure there are enough tables nearby for drinks and plates. I like to arrange my outdoor seating almost in a circle, so people are encouraged to visit and talk.

Design by architect Steve Simpson

3. Create Zones

In addition to conversation areas, create other zones for activities like dining al fresco. A table that can fit a lot of guests is also great for board games, extra seating during a party, or a place for kids to have their own zone. Think about setting up your outdoor spaces in areas like your indoor rooms. It will give you plenty of space for guests on warm summer nights.

Photography by James Baigrie

4. Keep It Casual

The best outdoor parties are casual and simple, without a lot of formality or stuffiness. Stack melamine plates on a simple summer oak table with flowers from your garden. Let guests serve themselves chilled rosé in acrylic wine glasses and a buffet of delicious grilled dishes. Add in plenty of candles and a fun custom playlist and you’ve got a great summer party.

Outdoor design by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

5. Remember Those Special Touches

What really makes your summer guests feel welcome are those extra touches. Like a light and soft throw for cooler nights. Or an array of straw hats to keep the sun out of their eyes. Or even a bowl of frozen berries to flavor their water or wine. Those are the things that take a hostess from good to legendary.

Interior design by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

Cheers to the Fourth and to the best summer staycations!