You might not throw five-course sit down dinner parties, but you’re still social and want to invite people to join you and just hang out. There are plenty of ways to entertain casually, without the need to grill yourself on seating etiquette, prep for days, and give yourself hives from the prospect of hosting. Here are five things to hack in a few minutes, that still make a quick get-together feel special, without going whole hog.
What better entertainment is there than your fellow man? Mix up a batch of cocktails, pop a squat on your front stoop, and watch the world go by as you chat. You can grab a bag of snacks, a few bottles of beer, and carry everything up to your rooftop to watch fireworks. Or, bring a blanket to your local park, and ask your friends to pitch in with some food. All that's left are a few simple things to bring it all together.
These quickly made ice cubes (lead image above) from The Girls on Bloor inject another favor into your beverage, and make them look more special.
These wine stakes, from Cambria Wines, were creating by cutting up a piece of wire and molding it into shape.
A few brushstrokes with glass paint and plain glassware gets a quick style boost. Try these from Paper & Stitch.
And sometimes all it takes is cutting out a pretty piece of paper, like this one from Christina Williams using a Rifle Paper Co. print. Makes carrying snacks and drinks up to the roof much easier.
Add some large pom poms to an existing blanket or rug, and it’s instant adorable. A Pair & A Spare will show you how.
Wrap up your beer or wine bottles in some fabric, and you are good to go. Literally. Martha Stewart used basic, everyday dishtowels, but you can use anything that’s on hand.
Fill up some small balloons with water and freeze until solid. These colorful ice cubes, from A Subtle Revelry, will keep drinks cool.