Summer is upon us and I couldn’t be more thrilled. The sun is out, flamingos and pineapples seem to be everywhere I look. There are moments where I think I live all year long just for the summer months. There is nothing more I love in life than getting my friends and family together and just enjoying each other’s company. The summer months seem to just invite us out to enjoy that time together.
As someone who grew up with parents who loved to host their friends, playing hostess is something that’s in my blood. My dad always adopted the more the merrier mantra and my mom, an avid crafter, was always ready to throw together an event and leave everyone talking. My parents raised my siblings and I to know the importance of friends and family around. So once summer hits, its party time in my world.
While I LOVE hosting parties, even if it’s as simple as having everyone over for game night, I have a relentless need to organize and present. But it can get expensive always being the hostess. Now, I don’t want it to sound like a have cheap friends, everyone contributes. But different parties require different accessories and presentation. It’s the party rules…I didn’t make em!
So to kick off summer right, I thought, BBQ! And to keep the dollar down, I decided to challenge myself. A 99¢ Summer BBQ. Now, I don’t want to be misleading…. I didn’t pay 99¢ for this entire BBQ. But I visited the dollar section at Target, the 99¢ Store & the dollar tree… to find my key pieces to get everyone in the summer spirit. I was really excited with what I found and it left me thinking…why didn’t I do this sooner?!
Happy Summer BBQ’ing!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Megan Araujo is an entertainment professional with over 10 years of experience on stage, in front of the camera and behind the scenes. A graduate of San Jose State University, Megan earned her degree in Creative Arts before moving to Los Angeles.
This Northern California native is daughter to a professional crafter and party planner, so design and event production has always been second nature to her. It's no surprise that she wants to be wherever the good times roll (with gold glitter on hand, of course!)