Keep Summer Alive! Entertain Outdoors

The back to school ads started running just before I turned my calendar to August – the first sign that summer will end eventually. This kind of bummed me out so I started thinking of ways to hold on to summer for as long as I can.

I love entertaining on my deck. You can still enjoy summer to its fullest by hosting an outside party or barbecue. There are so many ways to make the outside of your home entertaining and welcoming. Hang string lights, come up with a theme, or use summer-y colors in your dinnerware, napkins, tablecloths and pillows.

You can even serve cocktails to match your theme or palette! I found an example of a beautiful patio and outdoor kitchen on by Pedersen Associates. It shows how intimate and cozy even a large patio can be. And the best part of entertaining outdoors? You don’t have to dust! Follow Ridgewood Designs on

Image courtesy of Pedersen Associates, San Rafael, CA