7 Essentials to Have for Summer Entertaining

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In the winter folks probably call or text before they stop over. After all, no one wants to make a trip out in the cold for no reason. Besides, you could be bundled up in your PJs before the sun goes down. In the summer, you likely have people stopping by unexpected all the time. They are out and about anyway, so why not? Well, this means there are a few essentials you should always have on-hand for entertaining.

  • Food Cover Tents - No one wants to deal with flies, mosquitoes, or bees in the food. Pop-up mesh screen food cover tents are inexpensive and reusable, and come in a variety of colors and sizes.
  • Fuel for Ethanol Fireplaces - Whether you are trying to create ambiance or keep everyone warm when the sun goes down, you will probably want to have plenty of fuel for ethanol fireplaces on hand.

Tabletop Ethanol Fireplace

  • Citronella Candles - The food cover tents will protect the snacks, but you want to protect everyone from getting eaten alive at night. Citronella candles should always be stocked.
  • Reusable Ice Cubes - You will never have to send someone to the gas station for ice or serve warm drinks, when you realize no one in the house has been refilling the ice cube trays, if you have some reusable ones in the freezer. There are all sorts of colorful and novelty ones available.
  • Kids' Stuff - Whether you have kids or you have family and friends who do, you want something fun that will keep them busy, so adults can relax. Create an essentials box for kids with sidewalk chalk, bubbles, balloons, jump ropes, etc.
  • First Aid Kit - You might not think much about your first aid kit the rest of the year, but in the summer you likely reach for it rather often. You need to keep a few important essentials stocked, such as bandages, antiseptic cleaner, bite relief stick, allergy pills, saline to clean out eyes, aspirin, and aloe vera or some type of soothing gel for burns.
  • In the Pantry - Guests always seem to stop by the day before your weekly trip to the grocery store. Well, you may not be able to prepare a large meal, but keep a few essentials in the pantry, and you will at least be able to put out a few snack trays. Think nuts, trail mix, tortilla chips, salsa, and assorted crackers. You may want to keep a few quality baguettes in the freezer, and you can serve them with olive oil and herbs. Hard cheeses, marinated and spiced olives, and cornichons can be stored in the corner of your fridge.

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  • Brady Draper