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Easy Summer Entertaining on the Deck

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Whether it’s for a party of two or up to six, I have some pretty but oh-so-easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck with your family and friends!

Since summer has officially arrived this past weekend, it’s totally time to invite the friends over and get outdoors. My favorite outdoor spot? I love summer entertaining on the deck! It’s the best place to spend lots of time eating (of course) and just hanging out.

And this year the deck got an update with some new items that we have already been loving! All these new additions make summer entertaining a breeze. Your guests will be so impressed! 🙂

Patio Dining Area

Let’s start with the dining area because we all know food is where it’s at! Our dining area is set up right as you walk out the patio door. We have been in need of a new table and chairs for awhile. So when I saw these on sale back in April, I snagged them!

If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving
If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving

The chairs are super comfortable by themselves. But when I spotted these striped reversible pillows, I knew they would be perfect for our outdoor set up!

I love how looking at the back of the chairs with the pillows inserted, you see a checkered pattern. Didn’t plan it but I’m liking the accidental look. 🙂

If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving

I also found a few new accessories for setting the table as well. One day strolling through Target (like you do 🙂 ) I spotted these striped dinner plates. And you know my love affair with stripes so – here they are!

We’ve been needing some new outdoor placemats as well so I thought these gray ones would look so good with the new striped plates. Love the texture that the rattan placemats add to the whole table setting.

If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving
If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving

Almost every uncovered outdoor deck needs some good sun cover. This gorgeous white and black umbrella I snagged on sale a month or so ago. It was on back order FOR. EVER. and I was worried it wouldn’t make it in time. But it did! It’s such a fun addition to the dining area – not to mention all the much needed shade it provides to this area as well.

If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving

Since getting this whole area set up – our little family of four has been eating out here almost every single night. And it makes this mommas heart so full! 🙂

If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving

DECK DINING TABLE SOURCES: Table | Chairs | Striped Pillows | Bench | Umbrella (Similar Here) | Rattan Ceramic Planters | Lanterns | Outdoor Flameless Timer Candles | Striped Plates | Gray Rattan Placemats | Mini Ceramic Citronella Candles |

ROOM FOR MORE

Last year we had a round metal dining table that only seated four people. And since my Mom and sister have moved to town – we are now more of a party of six.

So when I was looking for a new dining set, I was also looking for ways to expand our seating area without crowding the deck. Enter our new bench!

If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving

The bench is perfect for extra seating by the window when just lounging or for dining as well. We can simply slide it up to the table and instantly seat six! So nice and no more kiddie table. 🙂

If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving
If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving

TIME TO LOUNGE

The lounge area of our deck gets a ton of use in the summer months as well. Early morning coffee chats are the best when the lilacs are in bloom!

If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving
If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving

But even after the blooms have faded away, the late afternoon to evening hangouts here is one of my favorite ways to end a long summer day. Gin ‘n tonic in hand, feet on the coffee table. Life is good. 🙂

If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving
If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving
If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving

DECK LOUNGE AREA SOURCES: Reversible Rug | Bench (similar) | Side Chairs (similar) | Coffee Table (similar) | Black Ottomans (similar) | Light Gray Pillows | Reversible Striped Pillows |Charcoal Gray Patterned PillowsBlack Pot | Striped Pot | Oversized Black Planters | Large Citronella Candle | Lanterns | Flameless Timer Candles | Wall Planters |

Summer Entertaining Into the Evening Hours

No summer entertaining is complete without some fun lighting. String lights are amazing but if you have no way to hang them, lanterns with flameless candles can be super pretty too!

Just take a look at what I mean…

If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving
If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving
If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving
If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving
If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving
If it's a party of two or six, I have some pretty but easy ways to enjoy summer entertaining on the deck! #summerentertaining #outdoorsliving

Hopefully now you have even more inspiration for summer entertaining on the deck at your house! Just a few tweaks made our backyard deck a much more livable place for entertaining. Now, who’s coming over? 🙂

MORE SUMMER ENTERTAINING AND DECORATING IDEAS

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