Hello everyone! As it’s gotten warmer outside, I’ve started putting together my patio and getting more plants and things. Today on the blog I’m so excited to share this post about The Perfect Summer Entertainment Guide! I want to give you guys all my tips for having a few friends or family members over for a party. Whether it’s for the 4th of July, or just for a summer birthday, these are all finds that will help you!
I am so excited to share how I’ve been able to set up my patio for summer entertaining, and all of the items I’ve found at Dollar General. In this post I’m going to feature everything from summer paper plates to lemon themed party decorations! I could not believe everything that I discovered and how chic and expensive it all looks. Keep reading to see more!
The Perfect Summer Entertainment Guide
What to Serve for a Summer Party
I wanted to start this post by saying what to serve for a quick summer party! This is perfect for a small lunch with a couple friends, an afternoon snack, or just when you have a couple family members over for the 4th of July. I wanted to share some of my favorite items that I have on my table for the warmer months, and give you some ideas on what to add too!
- Gold Peak Sweet Tea (we don’t like slightly sweet tea ’round here)
- Lettuce/Salad Mix
- Chopped Almonds
- Sugar Cookies
- Clear Salad Bowl
- Wicker Utensil Holder
- Mason Jars
- Lemon Paper Plates & Napkins
- Round Galvanized Tray
- Lemon Pot Holders
- Floral Coasters
Summer Drink Tray
I knew I wanted to find a cute summer drink tray for this post! This round galvanized tray was JUST what I was looking for. I love serving drinks and I feel like a fresh glass of sweet tea in the summertime is just what you need. My favorite part of living in the south is sweet tea and I will always love it! I made this super easy sweet tea with regular English Breakfast tea packets as well as some sugar.
I also was happy to find these cheap mason jars with lids! They were only $1 each and are apparently a hot commodity. The lady at the checkout said tons of people had come in to buy these after she asked what I was using them for! All you have to do is remove the center of the lid, and they act as the perfect summer glasses for any of the drinks you’re serving.
I also was excited to find these pretty little coasters! These floral drink coasters were the perfect additions to my tray. The colors in them are kind of muted which is something I love! They weren’t too over the top and this is why they worked well. I love that they also matched this little glass bottle too! I purchased this because I felt like it was the perfect way to serve water to guests. The small leaf on the tray was the final touch!
Summer Serving Ideas
When shopping for summer serving ideas, I wanted to find the best serving utensils, a cute clear bowl for salads, and some nice finds that I could use to serve things on! I was so excited to find these wooden serving utensils. These were each only $1 and I adore how expensive they feel! I also think the little floral details on the top and bottom give the perfect summer vibe.
The other things I found for serving were this clear bowl that has a nice texture to it that I feel really elevates the look! I also wanted some wicker items for the summertime so I was really happy to find this woven mat. It looked like something you would find a luxury home store! You can’t really see it, but I also found a nice little wooden pot stand. I feel like it’s really multi-functional!
The salad that I created for this, was just a simple spring mix with some almonds! I usually just eat a spring mix salad with some chicken and dressing. This is a bright summer salad that combines a unique mix of greens and then has the additional pop of flavor with the chopped almonds. This is a great salad to quickly whip up if you have some family coming over for the Fourth!
Unique 4th of July Table Settings
Okay so I have never been the traditional 4th of July decorator! I have always like to push boundaries and with my 4th of July table settings this is where I did it. I don’t particularly love the cliche red, white, and blue, but if that is your cup of tea, Dollar General can satisfy all of those needs too! Pertaining to my lovely table settings here though, I went with bright and summery with lemon party decorations.
When I went shopping at Dollar General, I went in with an open mind. I knew I wanted to share something unique with you guys, and I was able to! I saw all of these gorgeous lemon items and knew I needed to grab them all. I found cute paper dinner napkins, some adorable plates, as well as these chic little lemon pot holders! All of these combined for the perfect little table setting.
I also love the idea of making a fun little light lunch so with the salad above and these sugar cookies, you have the perfect lunch! I found a five ingredient cookie recipe online and thought it would be fun to share photos with them included. I was also so excited to discover this wicker utensil holder! It held my spoons, forks, knives, and still had room for some napkins as well!
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! I had so much fun sharing The Perfect Summer Entertainment Guide and I hope you found some unique ideas for your 4th of July party. From lemon party supplies to farmhouse inspired trays, this post rounded up the best summer finds from Dollar General. If you need anything for summer entraining, this is the place to go!
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Photos by Hannah Lozano