This week I've been sharing the backyard S'mores party we threw for my sister's birthday, and today I'm going to show you how the whole soiree came together! We aimed for a simple yet pretty outdoor party, with little stress and preparation, because who needs that, especially on a birthday?
We launched our Gatherings from The Kitchn series this year to bring you party ideas that were fun and gracious, and yet always accessible in budget and details. This S'mores fête turned out to be our easiest party yet — with almost no cooking ahead, and just a few hours of setup. Want to see how we transformed the backyard and threw our S'moresgasbord for a crowd of twenty?
Q: I have a "summer room" that we fondly call the closet. It has electricity, but no running water (though there's water outside nearby). I am planning to set up a mini-kitchen in the room for weekend meals and snacks. I'd love to hear ideas about how to set up this space!
Joseph Findeiss' "Owl House" in Denver, Colorado is a visually-expressive mix of style and genres. Described as "a little bit Green Acres, a dash of Moonrise Kingdom" with some estate sale chic thrown in, it's a place perfectly suited to the artist who lives there. This eclecticism is on display in Joe's kitchen and dining room:
Does the "outdoor space" where you live consist of little more than a concrete pathway and a postage stamp of grass? The outdoor living experts over at Sunset Magazine insist that this is enough to work with. Here are three ways that they say you can create your very own outdoor hangout for this 4th of July — and all summer long!
Go big or go home. Isn't that how the saying goes? That came to mind when I saw this big, blushing dining table centerpiece. Blossoming branches make for quite an eye-catching table display, don't you think? Perfect for summer!