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Entertain with Style This Summer

Now that the warm weather is here, the time for outdoor entertaining is in full swing. If you are looking for ways to make your next outdoor party or event more festive, efficient and comfortable, you are in luck. I have some great ideas to help you entertain with style this summer.

Entertaining outdoors is easier when you are cooking outdoors. Grilling keeps you outside and lets you be active with your guests. I like grills that have a side burner, but I saw something I really like at Lowe’s. The Master Forge 5-Burner Modular Gas Grill has stainless steel cooking grates and cast-iron burners for durability. The granite countertop provides a luxurious prep space. Built-in halogen lights and LED control panel makes viewing easy no matter what time you are grilling. It is perfect for large gathering and can fit up to 50 burgers. However, the thing I like most, is that they have other modular units that go together to create a very functional outdoor kitchen.

The Master Forge outdoor sink and side burners coordinate with the Master Forge grill. With one heavy-duty, cast-iron burner and 2 brass cap side burners, you have room to cook sides and sauces while the under-mounted sink and bar faucet let you clean up more conveniently. There is even a Master Forge refrigerator unit to make this set up complete.

With an outdoor kitchen like the one above, you want to have a large table for your family and friends to gather around. The Home Depot has some beautiful patio furniture. The Belcourt 7-Piece Patio Dining Set features fully cast aluminum frames that are durable and maintenance free, while the spa cushions offer plush seating support. The deep black onyx finish with subtle, hand-applied, rubbed highlights brings out the details to create a rich toned appearance.

Keep cold drinks accessible for guests to help themselves with the Hampton Bay Copper Metal Beverage Tub with Stand and Tray. This tub features 2 rope handles and the tub is removable to use on a tabletop.

The Hampton Bay, 8-Light Black Metal Lantern Outdoor Café String Lights will illuminate your gathering in style. Up to 7 sets can be connected together to make these ideal for any small or large outdoor space.

As the sun starts to go down, gather around the fire with the Belcourt 5-Piece Patio Fire Pit Conversation Set. Set features cast aluminum frames and spa cushions that provide plush seating support, so you will be comfortable as you converse and make s’mores on endless summer nights.