It’s Here: More Customization

YOU ASKED, WE LISTENED! We’ve heard you loud and clear that you want more ownership over what comes in your box. Do you already have a table runner, but are looking for a new garland and pillow? Do you love getting a fresh kitchen towel and candle in every box? Do you say “no” to faux plants? No problem! 

Subscribers can now choose their favorite theme for each holiday/season, AND specific items/decorations! …because we want to deliver festive, on-trend decor that you want and need for *only* the holidays and seasons that you love! 

*You can still choose to be surprised, as always!*

Want to see how it works? Check out this video

Ready to sign up for festive deliveries all year long? Subscribe today and start customizing your decor! 

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We love hearing from you! Please email either of us with your comments, feedback, questions and ideas. Thank you for letting us bring the festive spirit to your home! 

Summer Styling Inspiration

Who’s ready to start decorating for summer? Let’s get creative and see what we’re working with!

How to Style Wood Links

Love the look of wood links, but not exactly sure what to do with them? Don’t worry. We’ve got you. Here are 2 ideas to style your wood link.

Use it as a Statement Piece

Because we are all about taking the hassle out of decorating, finding a simple statement item to fill a space is always a great idea. A wood link makes the perfect filler for any empty table top.

Whether you’re looking to style a room that is full of fluff and decor or a more sleek, modern space, a wood link works very well alone. See for yourself below!

You don’t even need anything else. Yes, sometimes, decorating can be that easy.

Use it as a Focal Piece in a Centerpiece

If you’re naturally crafty or enjoy spending time finding the right items that go together to decorate, use your wood link to build a centerpiece.

Your large wood link can be the focal object on your coffee or kitchen table. Next, you can pull together complimentary items to fill in your table. Here are a few ideas that pair nicely.

  • Add a selection of small potted plants around your wood link.
  • Incorporate faux greenery, moss, or flowers with your wood link.
  • Drape wood beads around your wood link.
  • Stack a few coffee table books and use them to support one half of your wood link.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Tiered Tray 

There are a few reasons why we love tiered trays. One of them being that they are a great essential to have on hand. A tiered tray can serve several purposes- from serving horderves or baked goods to being a place for styling your seasonal decor. 

Once you own one tiered tray, you can continually update it for seasons and holidays! For example, see how well this Summer’s bee theme decor items fit?

A few tips for styling your tiered tray

  1. Use stackable items 
  2. Play with different heights and sized items
  3. Don’t be afraid to add in more elements, even if they don’t fit on the tray
  4. Use common household items to support your decor- a mug works great!

We recommend placing your tray on a tabletop near an entryway. It’s a great way to make sure it gets seen and enjoyed by anyone who steps into your home. 

Creative Ways to Use a Table Runner

This year’s coastal themed box includes this adorable blue table runner. 

Your runner doesn’t have to go to your kitchen table. You can style it on your island, coffee table, TV console table, or even an outdoor table. Check out how we worked with the other items in the coastal themed box to create this beautiful tablescape. 

The golden rule with our table runner is to keep the decor you pair with it on the smaller side- you don’t want to cover it up.

Here are a few more tips for styling your table runner.

  1. If you’re using a tablecloth as well, make sure to choose a color that pairs well with the blue runner.
  2. Mixing in patterned blue hand towels or napkins is a great way to compliment the fabric and add more to this look!
  3. Already have a centerpiece? Place the runner underneath to emphasize a focal point.
  4. You don’t have to lay your runner horizontally. If you love the look, add a few more to lay down vertically across the table. It’s okay to mix and match a few colors as long as you think they go well together!

How to Style Rectangular and Circular Trays 

You might have noticed that each of our Summer themed boxes include trays this year. Why? Because similar to the tiered tray, they are perfect for supporting your decor and festivities this summer! Use them to hold different items or to serve drinks and snacks at your next patio party. 

Here are a few creative ways to use your tray:

Use it as an ice tray to keep frozen snacks, drinks, or treats extra cool in the summer heat. 

We think the rainbow boxes’ wine glasses look great paired with a simple blue tray, just add a little ice to keep your beverage cool. Check out our summer popsicle recipe for an idea too.

The bee themed tray would also work nicely outside at your next patio party. Try incorporating candles, pictures, or tea lights.

Bring your tray indoors and simply use it to compliment the items in your box. 

For example, this coastal themed tray looks great matched with a small plant, wood link, and large candle. It would suit your kitchen table or coffee table very well. 

Another great way to bring your tray to life indoors and create a peaceful setting is by adding candles to it in varying heights. If you want to do more than candles, add a woodlink or wood beads. Here’s an example:

Check out more styling inspiration photos here.

Have any other ideas? We’d love to see them. Remember to share how you style your wood link, trays, and table runner with us on social media.

3 Ways to Style the Perfect Summer Patio 

Including Hosting Tips & Tricks

Longer days, warmer weather, and time spent outside with friends and family. That’s right—we’re talking about summer! The sunniest season is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like us, you’re itching to break out the BBQ, play some yard games, enjoy s’mores around the fire pit, and host outdoor dinner parties with your favorite people.

One fun and easy way to get in the summer spirit and prepare for the season is decorating your patio. Summer decor can instantly elevate your outdoor space, making it feel more comfortable, welcoming, and enjoyable for kids and adults alike.

To spark some summer decor inspiration, here’s a sneak peek at our three themes for summer boxes—Bees, Coastal, and Rainbow—and some tips for styling the perfect summer patio using the items in each box.

#1: Bees 

While you certainly don’t want real bees to join your patio party, bee decorations can offer the perfect cheerful touch to your outdoor space. With their bright yellow color and undeniable connection to blooming flowers and sunny days, bees make for the perfect summer theme.  

Here are some tips for decorating your patio in a way that will create a buzz at your next gathering:

  • Use comfy pillows: Placing yellow and bee-themed pillows on your patio couch or chairs is a great way to add comfort and summer cheer to your outdoor area.
  • Decorate with yellow blooms: Yellow-colored potted plants and flowers make for eye-catching table decorations, as they instantly add color and personality to your space. They don’t even have to be real! Artificial potted plants require zero maintenance and still look great.  
  • Display cute signs: Signs, wooden blocks, or banners with bee-related sayings like “love and bee loved” or “bee happy” are great for creating a welcoming and charming atmosphere. Place these signs on side tables or the main table.
  • Hang a banner: Hanging a bee-themed banner above your patio door or between trees is a super-easy way to add some whimsy to your patio space.
  • Incorporate bee-utiful candles: Candles are a beautiful addition year-round. Use bee-themed candles to add a flicker of magic to your table decor.
  • Use a tiered tray: Trays like this one are great for staggering different decor items. See how we styled one below with these bee-themed items:

#2: Coastal

Nothing screams summer more than taking a dip in the ocean and sinking your toes into the sand. Bring those cool, calm, summery feelings to your own backyard by decorating your patio with coastal-themed items. Whether you have a beach or lake house, or live nowhere near a body of water, eye-catching coastal accessories can make your patio feel like a calming oasis.  

Here are some tips for decorating your patio in a way that will make major waves:

  • Stick to a color palette: To play to the coastal theme, choose a beach-inspired color palette that includes whites, grays, beige/gold, and various shades of blue. 
  • Choose nautical patterns & materials: Opt for items with nautical-inspired designs like blue-and-white stripes, knots, anchors, and waves. Also, choose items made with coastal-inspired materials, such as wicker, rattan, and light-colored wood. Even little details like rattan-wrapped glasses and coasters can go a long way in adding to your coastal ambiance.  
  • Display beachy signs: You can never go wrong with themed signs. Placing a beachy-looking “welcome” or “summer vibes” sign on your table can instantly elevate your space and transport your guests to the seashore. 

#3: Rainbow

Bringing in bright, happy colors will give your patio the perfect summer vibe! Colorful decorations are especially great for special get-togethers like pool parties, baby showers, or birthday parties.

Here are some tips for decorating your patio in a way that will make your summer days brighter:

  • Color, color, color: A variety of colors is the name of the game. Use brightly-colored cups, plates, bowls, napkins, and other items, aiming to include all colors of the rainbow. 
  • Use a rainbow table runner: The table is often the center of your patio, so make sure it pops! Start by laying down a rainbow-striped table runner, which will instantly give your space a fun, summery vibe.
  • Decorate the table: When it comes to decorating your table, anything rainbow goes, from signs with feel-good sayings in rainbow lettering to small, rainbow-accented planters.
  • Hang a rainbow pom-pom garland: If you’re looking for an easy way to up the cheerfulness of your patio, look no further than a rainbow pom-pom garland. Hang the garland over the door, between trees, or anywhere else of your choosing.
  • Up the comfort factor with colorful pillows: Make your guests feel at home by placing colorful pillows with cute sayings like “Home Sweet Home” on your patio furniture. This will add to your colorful theme and make your outdoor space feel cozier and more inviting.

Summer Birthday Tip…

Have a summer birthday you can’t wait to decorate for? Check out our birthday box here, including a birthday banner, table runner, scented candle and more!

Hosting Tricks…

Everyone Loves Fruit Pops

Popsicles made with real fruit are a great treat you can prepare in advance and serve at your next patio party. And who says they are just for kids? Check out these two recipes for summer fruit pops, including a boozy recipe for adults!

Keep the Kids Entertained at Your Next Patio Party

With all of these fun ideas for decorating your patio this summer, hosting an outdoor dinner party is undoubtedly on your mind—but what about your children? Dinner parties can leave children bored and, let’s face it, babysitters can be expensive and hard to find. 

Thankfully, there are many ways to keep your littlest guests happy all night long. Here are some of our favorite kiddy activities for you to offer at your next patio party:

  • Craft table: Set up a crafts table with art supplies for children and let their imaginations run wild. For a fun take on a tablecloth, use butcher’s paper instead and let the kids draw all over it. 
  • Kids only area: Set up a “kids only” area where your young guests can have their own dinner party. This can be a room inside or a separate table outside. 
  • Yard games: If you’re having a summer dinner party, there will likely be some daylight left for your guests to enjoy. This is the perfect opportunity to set up lawn games for the children, such as cornhole, Twister, giant Jenga, and ring toss. Board games are another entertaining option for children.
  • Movie night: Set up a movie night inside, complete with pizza, popcorn, drinks, and a kid-friendly flick. This will keep the little ones entertained for an hour or two. 

Jump into Summer with ReadyFestive

If you’re looking for summer decorations customized to your style, Take our Summer Box Survey to customize a themed mini, standard, and deluxe box. Don’t have a favorite theme? We’ll surprise you!

Our subscription box service delivers personalized decorations for the holidays and seasons, allowing you to stress less and celebrate more. 

Join the ReadyFestive family today to get one of our fun summer-themed boxes delivered straight to your door. If you’re already a subscriber, you can add a box to your subscription here.

Also, don’t forget to tag #ReadyFestive on Instagram or Facebook to show us your fabulous summer patio decorations!

Summer Fruit Pops Two Ways

What could be more refreshing on a hot summer day than a popsicle made with real fruit? Use the recipes below to prep a tasty treat that is sure to delight the kids and the adults at your next pool or patio party!

Fruit Pops for Kids Recipe

Serving: 5 

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups of thawed frozen berries
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt 

Instructions 

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into 5 popsicle molds or plastic cups. Insert a pop stick into each before freezing for 4-5 hours.

Boozy Fruit Pops for Adults!

Same recipe as above, but add 1/2 cup liquor to make it “adult”! We recommend the Vodka of your choice.

You can make it extra festive by serving your fruit pops in an ice bucket full of ice… just make sure to have two – one for kids and another adult only! We recommend sprinkling in some fresh fruit for an extra snack and colorful touch.

Let us know how they taste!