When the weather turns warm, I turn to the great outdoors. We have a nice sized back yard and a great, covered deck, which becomes my summer office and preferred entertainment area. Coffee on the deck in the morning, drinks in the evening, and as many meals out there as I can fit in. Fresh air is so good for my soul.
This summer I instituted a new tradition – Friday night drinks on the deck. It’s kind of an open invitation to my girlfriends. If it’s Friday, I’m on the deck, and there will be cocktails, wine, and snacks; everyone is welcome. I love the social aspect, and I feel like it’s a great way to take advantage of our property and our relatively short summer season.
I’ve served some different things over these past few weeks. From guacamole and chips to mini-pizzas done on the BBQ. It’s never anything fancy, but always something tasty can you pick at and nibble on while chatting and giggling with friends. And it has to easy and stress-free, because I want my focus to be on my guests and enjoying the summer breeze.
Deli trays seem to be a big hit with my girls, so I’ve done those more than once. It’s easy to buy one ready made, but not hard at all to pull one together on your own. Choose 2 or 3 favourite cheeses, a couple of sliced deli meats, olives, or grapes, and crackers. To make it super easy for your guests, choose firmer cheese and serve it already sliced or cubed.
Do you have a favourite summer entertaining staple? What would you serve to your guests? School may be back soon, but there’s still a lot of summer weather left to be enjoyed!
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