Simple yet romantic picnic setup

With its clear skies and warmer weather, summer is the perfect time for outdoor festivities. From a cozy family get-together to a relaxed dinner with friends, Courtney of French Country Cottage shows you how to create enticing scenes for easy, breezy summer entertaining.

A Romantic Picnic for Two

Picnic dressed up with stemware and flowers
Putting together an intimate backyard picnic for two is as easy as combining a few simple decorative elements: beautiful faux flowers, candles in intricate metal holders, pretty tinted glasses, and a soft blanket.

Candles in pretty metal holders to set the mood
Prepare some finger foods, open a bottle of your favorite wine, and play soft music in the background to complete the romantic setting. Courtney also recommends bringing an extra blanket if the evening gets cold, and to use flameless candles for safe and gentle lighting.

A Cozy Evening by the Fire

Cozy wicker chairs positioned around a copper firepit
Set up a cozy area by the fire pit for a casual gathering with loved ones. Weathered wicker chairs and antiqued lanterns add rustic character to the setting of this fun night under the stars.

Roasting forks and insulated mugs are great for a relaxed summer evening
Roasting forks will come in handy for making s’mores and cooking hotdogs over the open flame. Pair these treats with some hot chocolate in insulated mugs for an added element of warmth. Add light snacks and other beverage choices, and you’re all set for a wonderful time under a clear summer evening sky.

A Casual Outdoor Dinner

Lanterns, flowers and tableware come together for an elegant tablescape
There’s nothing quite like a close and casual summer dinner party with friends. Instead of complicated table arrangements, try to keep your setting simple so that you have time to enjoy the company of your guests.

Flowers and fresh leaves add natural beauty to the table
Dress up your table with elegant tableware and an infusion of natural accents. Courtney suggests placing mood lighting around the table and among the plants, using flameless candles in candelabras or lanterns for a beautiful flickering glow throughout the night.

Summer has always been a great time of year for family bonding, and we hope these tips inspire you to create more happy memories while entertaining outdoors. For more products and decorating inspirations, visit Balsam Hill.

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