Entertaining & Gathering

7 Ideas to Steal from Restaurant Patios — Patio Perfection

If you're anything like us, you're probably guilty of snapping a few decor inspo pics any time you eat out at a restaurant. And who could blame you? City or suburbs, our favorite spots are often packed with gorgeous tiles, inspiring bar setups, and the coolest furniture out there, so there's plenty to love.

As the weather warms up, we're turning our discerning eye outdoors, rounding up some of the hottest al fresco patios that are packed with stylish ideas perfect for your own home this summer.

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3 Easy Ways to DIY a Backyard Fire Pit — Around the Fire Pit

We've already gone on the record in favor of fire pits, and we'll say it again: They're the ultimate way to entertain in the summer (and even into the fall!). You can buy a ready-made freestanding fire pit, or dig a hole and stack a bunch of pavers yourself. Or you can try one of these super-easy DIY projects.

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The Dos and Don’ts of a DIY Wedding — Homemade Weddings

You're getting married! (Yay!) And we bet you're seeing dollar signs. (Boo!) While you may be thinking about saving yourself some money by embracing the DIY wedding trend, you need to be realistic about the things you can actually make yourself — especially if you're not very crafty to begin with.

Here's a primer on how to save some money and your sanity.

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35 Classic Recipes for a Perfect BBQ — Recipes from The Kitchn

Summer BBQs are my favorite way to entertain throughout the season. Adults can mingle, drink in hand, while the kids can run around burning off energy before dinner. Plus, barbecuing feels more effortless — no need to stress over a super-clean house or real napkins when you're grilling out. The menu is also up for grabs, although you can't go wrong with the classics. Who doesn't love burgers paired with creamy coleslaw?

From sweet and tangy barbecue sauce to buttermilk ranch potato salad to finger-lickin' grilled chicken, here are 35 essential BBQ dishes for all your backyard soirées.

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Our Gorgeous Printable Bridal Shower Invitation Is Totally Free! (And Customizable!) — The Rustic Bridal Shower

We love stationery around here. We love looking through all the pretty designs, touching the paper (when we're in a physical store), and even hand-addressing envelopes. What we don't love? How expensive it can all get!

If you're throwing a bridal shower for someone, you're probably already spending enough money. (You are such a good friend/sister/cousin!) To help you save some cash, we present you with this totally free, downloadable, and editable invitation.

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The Sweetest, Most Surprising Way to Build a Better Party Playlist — The Rustic Bridal Shower

Building a playlist for a party is hard. How do you know what songs to pick? What if people don't share your same affinity for Jewel? Sure, you could put on a Pandora station and let it go, but you never know what you're gonna get that way.

The key to building a successful playlist for a bridal shower, bachelorette party, or really anything with a guest of honor is to let the other guests do the work.

Hear me out.

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