Our summer road trip with the Rhode Yacht has begun! First stop, the Newport Bermuda Race starting line at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island. Every year, New Englanders and sailing-enthusiasts gather on the lawn outside of the Castle Hill Inn to wish the teams bon voyage as they set out on the 635-mile ocean race to the beautiful islands of Bermuda.

Our Rhode Yacht tour has promised a taste of the summer season across New England and what better way to celebrate the warm weather than to throw a backyard party? Taking our inspiration from the lawns of Castle Hill, the following tips will have you throwing a New England-style fête in no time.

Outdoor Seating
No backyard party is complete without ample seating for guests to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether overlooking the ocean, on the side of a mountain or arranged around a fire pit, Adirondack chairs are timeless and can be incorporated into any design. Give the chairs a touch of personality and comfort with soft Sunbrella outdoor cushions in a cheerful pattern.

Summer Rum Cocktail Recipe: Rum Swizzle
Even if you can’t make it to the starting line, you can still follow the teams on the Newport Bermuda Race website. As the sailboats reach the finish line in Bermuda, celebrate with a classic Rum Swizzle. Summer in a glass, this drink combines rum, pineapple and orange juices, grenadine and a dash of angostura bitters for a drink that tastes as good as it looks.

Fun and Games
Classic lawn games, like bocce, croquet and badminton, are a fun way to entertain children and adults. But with kids running around with ice cream and butter-soaked clams, there’s bound to be messes. No worries here; Sunbrella outdoor upholstery fabric can stand up to stickiest of fingers and the muddiest of puppy paws. But don’t just take our word for it! At the Newport Bermuda Race, we’ll be hosting a cleaning demonstration to show just how durable and beautiful Sunbrella fabric is.
Come out and visit the Rhode Yacht on its tour across New England or travel along digitally by following the hashtag #RhodeYacht. Tune in for Episode 1 of the Rhode Yacht makeover by visiting perspective.sunbrella.com/episodes and watch the trailer for a sneak peek into the Airstream’s new design.

What are your favorite ways to throw a summer backyard party?