Contrary to what the stores and catalogs may be telling us (uh, hello fall! and is that Halloween I’m seeing??), there is still plenty of summer left! And plenty of time to host a party! The hubs and I recently had 26 guests over for dinner. It was a family reunion and we had a blast showing off the new house to our loved ones. But with 26 guests coming over, I went into full get-the-house-ready mode. Where did I start? With our front entry. The first place that guests see when they arrive.
Front Entry Essential – The Storm Door
The biggest splurge by far has been our new Andersen 4000 Series Fullview Storm Door from The Home Depot (view similar door HERE). My childhood home had a storm door and I knew from the start that I wanted one for our new house. Nothing is as welcoming as a literal open door! And I LOVE how much light it lets into the interior of our home.
A Few Things to Consider:
- Do you want BOTH the glass and screen door options? We did! I like to switch them out depending on the season.
- How to determine the right size? The Home Depot sent someone out to our home to professionally measure the opening before we made the purchase. Turns out that our 1940s house needed a custom size (36×83 in.).
- What color door? I wanted the storm door to blend in with our existing front door, so we went with black.
- What color hardware and sweep? Our existing front door handle is brass, which is also an option for the storm door handle. But again, I wanted the new hardware and sweep to blend in, so we went with matte black.
- Where should the door handle go? Would you rather have it located on the left or right side as viewed from the exterior of the home? We chose the left side to line up with the handle to our front door.
Front Entry Essential – The Welcome Mat
What do you do when your front “porch” (aka the sad concrete slab leading up to your front door) is NOT at all attractive? Well, in the future, I would love to redo the whole walkway in some beautiful flagstone. But in the meantime, you hide as much as you can under an awesome indoor/outdoor rug from Target. I have to tell you, the hubs was not totally seeing my vision when I told him I wanted to lay a rug under our “Home Sweet Home” doormat (also from Target). But once he saw it, he loved the look too!
Front Entry Essential – The Door Knocker
Sure we have a doorbell, but have you ever seen anything so sweet as this Pineapple Door Knocker by Michael Healy Designs? I think of it as jewelry for the front door! The black expanse needed a shiny focal point and this pineapple was it. It comes in two sizes and after much debating, I went with the large (8.25″ x 4″ x 2.5″). So happy I did! It is PERFECTION. I chose the brass finish to match the exterior door’s handle. And I just love it. It looks like it should have been here all along.
Front Entry Essential – The Planters
Planters are by far my favorite way to add interest around a front door. Bright pots and colorful flowers nestled by the front entry are so cheerful. The geometric blue and white patterned planter is from Target (I love so many pieces from their Opalhouse collection and this planter is no exception! It actually comes with a cute little stand too). That geometric teal patterned planter is from The Home Depot! Who knew they carry such cute pots? It’s from their Trendspot collection and I bought two of them.
In fact, I liked The Home Depot selection so much that I went back and got one more from the Trendspot collection- the cobalt blue carlysle square planter. Love how all these different shades of blue and blue-green work together.
The topiaries on either side of the door are two more fantastic finds from The Home Depot! They are real (picked up in the outdoor garden center area) and I love how they perfectly frame the doorway with a little pop of color.
Summer Party Essentials
If you are local to the DMV, here are a few more summer party essentials:
- A Grand Event Party Rentals – We rented a small tent, dining tables, and folding chairs and held our party outdoors! Best of all, we added 4 fans to the tent rental (they are mounted in each upper corner of the tent) and it provided the best breeze to keep our guests cool.
- Hostess Helpers – Their motto? Enjoy your own party with our help. Business owner, Jo Gawler, will assist with everything from the set-up to the clean-up of your event. She was so wonderful and a true treasure for any hostess in the Montgomery County, MD area. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 301-503-1219.
- Balducci’s – Did you know that Balducci’s caters? Delicious food that is easy to order and is delivered right to your door on the day of the event! That is a hostessing WIN.
Happy Summer Entertaining!