From pool-side barbecues to evening soirées, it's time to host the event of the season!

Here at John Cannon Homes, we strive to be characterized by our love for beautiful architecture and excellence in design. Our custom homes are designed with the utmost care and attention to detail, to meet all of the seasonal needs of each individual homeowner, and to truly be the home of their dreams. Our exquisite outdoor living spaces are no exception. We know that during the summer season these spaces capture the most use. Fully equipped with every amenity to cater to your outdoor summer gatherings, our large, well-designed spaces feature luxurious pools and spas, as well as outdoor kitchens stocked with Sub Zero and Wolf appliances. With summer fast approaching an end, we wanted to give you some ideas on how to throw the ultimate summer gathering! From pool-side barbecues to evening soirées, we're confident that we've pulled together the perfect variety of elements for you to host the event of the season.

Just as each space is unique, each homeowner is unique, so it's a great idea to tailor your theme to your style. Beginning with invitations and ending with party gifts, we suggest taking care that every aspect of your festivity fits your motif and works together in symphony to create your ideal blend of subtlety, elegance and excitement. Food and drinks are no exception. We propose pairing a classic Manhattan with Lemon Herb Lamb and Vegetable Kabobs, or coupling a beautiful Chardonnay with grilled Swordfish for a delicious combination of flavor. For dessert, grilled peaches are sure to win hearts!

As fun in the sun turns into an evening under the stars, mock-tails turn into cocktails, and kabobs turn into full course dinners, remember that the proper lighting will set the mood. Our enchantingly lit swimming pools, and beautiful fire pits provide the perfect atmosphere, and ambiance to give your party that special something. If you've had your fill of the outdoors for the day, our custom pool-side areas open up into beautiful indoor living spaces, providing a seamless transition inside. Our recommendation at this point is to cap off the evening with a simple yet intimate game, prompting your guests to become better acquainted before the night comes to an end.

As the night winds to a close, a hand selected party gift shows your guests you care and gives them something to enjoy long after the festivities have ended. As memories of your spectacular event will be their greatest gift, we believe that old fashioned polaroid's, taken throughout the party, should be placed inside frames which parallel your theme. This excellent parting gift will surly keep them raving for years to come!

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