Summer brings memories different memories for many, including vacations at the beach, amusement park, going to the town pool. One of the things I love most about summer is spending time in the backyard with family and friends. I’m not sure why, but food always seems to taste better outside. Gather neighbors and family and have a summer garden party. It can be a simple throw some burgers on the grill get-together or an elaborate multi-course affair. Whichever you choose, the décor and activities will really make your party memorable.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to create beautiful decorations with ribbon. Start by making mini maypoles to create a path to the party. Select colorful ribbon, any variety is fine, but make the lighter they are, the more the wind will make them move. Cut them into a variety of lengths. Next, affix the ribbons to wooden garden stakes and place around your yard. What a lovely sight to see the ribbons blowing in the breeze.
A bonfire always makes an outdoor party more festive. A fun activity and great conversation starter to go along with this is to have your guests write down on a piece of paper something they want to get rid of — from house clutter to a negative emotion. Then have everyone throw the slips of paper into the bonfire, symbolizing the disappearance of whatever was written on it. This is sure to get everyone talking and sharing. You might have more in common with your neighbors than you thought! Then, of course, a bonfire also means time for some s’mores! So, gather those sticks for the gooey marshmallows and share some summer favorites while sharing your thoughts.
Want to make your simple backyard get-together even more memorable? What about making a simple take home favor for your party guests? Yes, even if it’s just a simple cookout! Here’s an easy gift to give and accept. Gather some smooth, small river rocks and inscribe them with a positive verb such as “laugh,” “explore” or “love”. Wrap the rocks in a simple white cloth and tie them with colorful ribbon. Your guests can take the rocks home and keep them tucked away in special places or set within easy view to serve not only as a summer memento but also a reminder of the bonfire activity. Keep those positives in mind this summer and enjoy your friends and family in the great outdoors!