Summer Outdoor Entertaining ~ An Evening by the Fire

As I’ve mentioned before, outdoor entertaining is one of my absolute favorite things about summer! And though we do plenty of grilling and meals outside, we also love to spend time outdoors after the meal is over.

Who doesn’t love sitting under the stars during the summer months? In fact, I would say it’s one of the easiest ways to enjoy the season with family or friends. So today I’m sharing one of our favorite summer outdoor entertaining ideas!

 And as many of you know, we just added our outdoor fire pit last summer when we did the pool remodel and can I say?! It‘s one of the best things we’ve ever done!


summer outdoor entertaining s'mores by the fire lanterns chair flowers

We love to sit outside on a warm summer night ~ lingering over some wine or coffee, and maybe some s’mores. It’s relaxing and definitely one of the best things about the season!


summer outdoor entertaining roses s'mores on the patio

summer outdoor entertaining ideas s'mores and wine by the fire

Flowers, candles, and good conversation all make for a perfect warm summer evening.


summer outdoor entertaining by the fire pit chairs lanterns candlelight

And you don’t need a built in fire pit to create the same kind of evening! Fire pits are available everywhere from Costco, to big home improvement centers, to the local hardware store. They’re reasonably priced, and I think, bring a lot of ambience for the buck! Another way to do s’mores is to do them on the grill, which is what we used to do before we built the fire pit!


summer outdoor entertaining chairs lanterns s'mores by the fire with golden retriever dog

And of course, Hudson always has to be right in the center of whatever is going on!


summer outdoor entertaining chairs blankets lanterns evening by the fire

Of course, it’s cool most evenings in the spring and even some in summer, so we always bring out blankets to warm us up.


summer outdoor entertaining s'mores and roses by the fire

And though we love s’mores, you can do any dessert outside! Whether it’s cake, pie, or just some coffee and cookies, lingering outdoors makes any evening feel special!


summer outdoor entertaining roses candles s'mores

I like to bring out some candles to add to the romantic ambience. I’m also dying to add some string lights but just haven’t gotten around to it yet!


summer outdoor entertaining golden retriever dog by the fire pit


Here’s to lots of warm summer nights spent with friends!

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  1. You have such a wonderful outdoor place Sheila! And I love your fire pit! And your roses!! 😉 Here’s to a whole summer and fall of enjoying your evenings! And say Hi to Hudson!

    1. Aww thank you Barbara – that’s so kind! We waited so long to do it, it is nice to finally be able to enjoy it! And it will help with the staying home this summer for sure 😉

      Happy Summer to you!


    1. Thanks so much Shirley! We are loving it so much – I’m so glad you’ll be doing one! I think you’ll be thrilled 🙂


  2. Your grill space looks so pretty and inviting. Ofcourse I Love Hudson !
    I have two Goldens myself. IAM sure he loves being out there with you and your family and maybe getting a marshmallow or a cracker…..

    1. Hi Linda, and thank you so much for your kind words!! Goldens are the best, aren’t they?!!

      Thanks for stopping by!


    1. Thanks so much Cindy – I so appreciate it!


    1. Aww thank you Jen – he’s a character for sure!!


  3. What a charming and romantic space, Sheila! I love it! And your sweet pup is adorable.

    1. Aww thanks so much Kristen! He LOVES to be a part of whatever is going on, haha!

      Happy summer to you:)