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Easy Tips for Summer Entertaining

(ARA) - Summer is here and that means backyard parties, get-togethers and grilling. But just because you're hosting a party doesn't mean you have to break out the paper plates, load up the cooler and struggle with the grill. Brats and beer have their place, but for special occasions you want a little more style. Whether you're throwing a bridal shower, having friends over or enjoying a quiet dinner for two, you can follow some simple tips to make stylish summer entertaining a breeze.

First Rule: Don't Stress

Indoor parties often result in time wasted worrying over seating arrangements and place settings. The great thing about outdoor get-togethers is that you can forget all of that. A patio or deck already offers the perfect natural backdrop. Instead of fussing over decor, pay attention to the things that people remember most -- the ambiance and the drinks.

Summer Showers

You can't get through summer without the news that friends are engaged or expecting a baby. It's shower season! Before you know it, you're throwing a party and running around madly. But take a breather. Make it easy on yourself and add just a few personal touches to your party to show you're thinking of the special couple.

Aprs Golf

If you've waited all winter to get back on the golf course, chances are you're now making the most of summer afternoons. But that doesn't mean you need to spend all evening at the club. If you're entertaining friends, a few simple tricks will bring country club style to your own backyard.

Evening Romance

Even if it's just the two of you, you can make the evening special. Take advantage of the warm evenings and cool breezes to add a little romance to your evening:

Summer should be about kicking back and toasting the company of friends. By following these quick tips you can save yourself time, money and stress, and make any occasion this summer memorable and relaxing.

Courtesy of ARA Content

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more information, contact Steve Gill, (612) 359-4371.