Updated May 2021
Whether it’s a casual backyard party or an all-day soiree, summer entertaining is the perfect time to mix up your routine and get creative with decor. This season, we’re heading to Pinterest for inspiration on how to add some coastal flair to your patio, backyard, deck, and lawn. From a Bohemian Backyard Dinner to an Independence Day Beach Party, there are plenty of ways you can create a laidback vibe both you and your guests will cherish for years to come.
Let’s take a look at what we’ve found!
Summer Coastal Entertaining – Pinterest Style
A Bohemian Backyard Dinner Party by Camille Styles
Every single detail of this elegant backyard gathering is well-thought-out and beautifully designed. From the invitations to stunning floral arrangements. The intimacy of sitting on the ground “bohemian style” offers the opportunity for inspiring conversation. We love the fluffy pillows and thoughtful place settings.
Summer Citrus Inspired Tablescape by One Stylish Party
The color of citrus is the color of summer. Those happy pops of bright yellows, oranges, and greens will liven up any outdoor dinner party! We love this concept from One Stylish Party not only for the festivity of it but all the simplicity. This tablescape is simple to replicate and can be an easy look to pull together for a last-minute get-together.
Mix & Match Cocktail Bar by Sugar and Charm
It should be no surprise that we love a good bar setup. Our bar carts and sand-etched rocks glasses are some of our favorite pieces for entertaining. Setting up a DIY bar station is a great way to kick off a party, guests will enjoy getting to know one another while crafting a beverage, and you use your design creativity to make it a featured element of your gathering. All you need are a few key elements to give guests just enough variety to whip up their drinks of choice, like this one from Sugar and Charm.
S’mores Bar by Tonya Staab
Speaking of bars, how about this cute idea by Tonya Staab? You could of course create any sort of dessert bar, but there’s something about a s’mores set up that screams “summer”. The best part? You don’t need a campfire to enjoy it!
Independence Day Beach Party by Style Me Pretty
This idyllic scene set by Style Me Pretty may look intimidating to recreate, but it’s actually quite simple. The table is a repurposed wood pallet and the cushions are from old club chairs the stylist already had on hand. Add in a few comfy pillows and beachy throw blankets and your picnic on the beach is most of the way there. We’d recommend adding an ice bucket, maybe our crab flatware caddy and some oversized totes to transport it all.
Easy Summer Deck Setup By Finding Silver Pennies
This summer deck concept from Finding Silver Pennies is easy to put together to make the space more elegant. A mix and match of different textures of the table runner, placemats, and napkins make for an interesting display. Place seashells on top of the cloth pieces to add elegance and hold them in place on a windy summer day.
To bring it all together, the full-bloomed wisteria in the background gives the space a beautiful hue.
Bar Cart by the Garden by Stacie Flinner
If you’re up for afternoon drinks, then take inspiration from this beautiful bar cart by the garden arranged by Stacie Flinner.
The cart is your entertainment cabinet on the go, and it can be made to feel like a moving piece of art with some thoughtful additions. Instead of filling it up with beverage accouterments, add flowers and citrus for an aesthetically refreshing setup that’s not only beautiful but also smells amazing!
Seaside Table by Hip & Humble Style
Instead of a table runner, they used brown craft paper to serve as the base for the centerpieces. Not only does it provide the base for the neutral color motif, but it makes it easier to put away the centerpiece after guests have gone home.
Lakeside Limonata Table and Sparkling Cans of Flowers by Home is Where the Boat Is
Another citrus-inspired setup is from Home is Where the Boat Is.
Who knew you could make a beautiful centerpiece using repurposed San Pellegrino Limonata cans? To recreate the centerpiece, you need a metal three-tiered stand, San Pellegrino cans, and Popcorn Drift Roses.
For the limonata table setup, you’ll need lemon-printed items: table cloth, napkins, and plates. It’s a refreshingly fun centerpiece for your summer coastal entertaining!
From cozy beach barbecues to vibrant backyard gatherings, we love these creative ideas found on Pinterest.
Tips for Summer Coastal Entertaining
Now that you’re inspired by these gorgeous outdoor entertaining setups, here are some tips for hosting your soiree.
When you want to throw a party, the first thing on your mind is what’s for dinner. But when it comes down to it, your guest will remember a good time more than they’ll remember that chicken dish. So with summer on the horizon, here are some tips for throwing an unforgettable coastal entertaining bash.
1. Make sure you have a space for entertaining outdoors – some people use their back yards, others might consider renting a space at the beach (if you’re renting an event space, make sure they provide tables and chairs.)
2. Add more seating outside by adding chairs or outdoor sofas
3. Invest in patio furniture that can withstand the elements and will last over time
4. Create an inviting atmosphere with string lights and candles on every table
5. Serve light meals such as appetizers or salads to avoid too much cooking in the summer heat (including vegetarian options)
Let us help you with your summer coastal entertaining! Shop Cottage & Bungalow and escape to your home.