Summer is around the corner! Corey Damen Jenkins helps you spruce up your home for the season and all it brings, including those long-overdue backyard bashes
We’re ready to gather with loved ones again, but we’re sticking to outdoor events for now. How do I ready my backyard space for guests, and how can I transform it into something party-ready?
First, think about your square footage. We’re still coming out of a pandemic and people may not want to sit right on top of each other so soon. Instead of having just one sectional, for example, split up seating options into two or three groups and make sure to scatter drink tables throughout — no one wants to hold a wet glass in their lap.
As for setting a party vibe, nothing kills the mood like sitting in the dark, so put candles or other ambient light sources on all the tables and keep them lit all night. A cluster of candles can even serve as a centerpiece. String up lights overhead to add a festive touch.
Also, try to put together a “color story:” an orchestrated appearance in dishware and stemware. Invest in some charger plates and decorative napkins, too. The color-coordinated table setting gives a nice visual when people are milling around the space, especially when paired with some fresh flowers or plants in vases on the tables.
Finally, don’t forget the music! There’s nothing like walking into a party and hearing complete silence. Put a playlist together that speaks to the moment. People always loosen up when there’s music playing.
I want to make my house look more summery without doing a total overhaul. Any tips on freshening up my space?
When it comes to amping up the summer vibe in your space, you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money to make a big impact. Bringing in color is a fun way to brighten up a room and can be accomplished by splashing decorative pillows on your sofa (Home Goods has a nice selection), tossing a vibrant throw across a chair or changing out your area rug. And bring in some fresh flowers to match the color scheme! Lillies, tulips and dahlias are beautiful and smell amazing, plus they can last a long time indoors.