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7 Practical Ideas for a Summer Party

Celebrate the season with a fun, relaxed, and laid-back gathering

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno

Do you remember having Sunday lunches with your family? In most households, it was a weekly event to look forward to. The day would begin with our mothers waking up early to find the finest produce and ingredients from the local palengke. And then, they would go home and and spend the rest of the morning cooking dishes. Their efforts would be rewarded when all of the relatives would gather around the table and enjoy the meal together.

If you would like to bring back some of the charm of the good old days (way before we were distracted by cellphones and Wi-Fi connections), you should organize a simple get-together! Here are 7 entertaining tips for a perfect-for-summer dinner party. 

Read the original article in the April 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Choose an outdoor location

Find an outdoor or semi-outdoor area where you can set up low tables—whether it’s a portion of your lanai or a flat area in your garden.

We shot at the deck of Laya Personal Dining in Antipolo, which is located right beside an inviting swimming pool!

Set up a low table

This isn’t your usual dinner party—there’s something about an outdoor celebration that entices people to let their hair down, so keep it casual.

A low table surrounded by leaf-and-flower-print floor pillows helps create a relaxing vibe.

Pick simple yet elegant pieces

Forget about paper plates and plastic cups! Draw inspiration from the colors and style of the tropical-print throw pillows.

Choose interesting green plates placed on bamboo chargers. Pair them with pink table napkins and bamboo-patterned flatware for a refreshing look.

Be creative with tiles

Instead of using table runners, use left-over tiles from your last kitchen or bathroom renovation. They can serve as unique centerpieces and handy drink coasters. Never mind if they’re chipped or cracked—that just adds to their charm.

Keep the smoke away

Set up the grill in a place that’s a bit far from your guests. You should also make sure that the barbecue travels upwind and away from the main party area. You don’t want your guests to be coughing all through your party, do you? 

Set up a tray

Place your favorite spices and seasonings on a tray table beside your grill. The advantage of a tray table? You can run into the house, grab everything you need, and bring them to the grillall in one go!

Make guests comfortable

Prepare a tray topped with paper fans, sun block, bug spray, and cold face towels. You can simply soak white face towels in ice water, roll them up, and place in the freezer until they’re ready to be served.

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