Summer Entertaining Essentials

4 years ago

Warm summer weather just begs for entertaining -- whether it's impromptu cocktails on the porch with your neighbor, a backyard barbecue or a low-key dinner party with friends. Now is the time to stock up on a few entertaining essentials to keep on hand this summer -- so no matter the day or occasion, you are ready for guests! There are five key pieces I rely on time and time again to create an inviting and stylish atmosphere.

Ice Bucket, Tray, Fouta & Carafe


 


Ice Bucket ($50), Tray($50), Fouta ($48), Carafe ($2.49)

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Trays

1. Melamine or wooden trays. These pieces are an easy way to corral napkins, and flatware -- or to create a drink station. Snip a flower from your yard and put it in a bud vase or add a candle for more formal settings.


Birch Trays ($28 + $38), Rattan Tray ($69.95)

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Carafes & Bottles

2. Carafes + glass water bottles. These inexpensive bottles are such an easy way to dress up your water, wine or mixers. I love to slice cucumber and lemon and toss them into my water -- guests are always impressed, and it takes just a few minutes!


Bottle with stopper ($3.99), Colbalt Jug ($59)

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Table Linens

3. Cloth napkins & tablecloths. Eco-conscious + stylish. Always a winning combination for me! This season I've been throwing a Turkish Towel on our outdoor table for an impromptu tablecloth and love the relaxed look!


Stripe Mini-Towel ($12), Chevron Cocktail Napkins ($24)

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Stemless Glasses

4. Stemless glasses. Depending on the location, you can opt for plastic or glass, but I always find stemless glasses lend themselves to summer entertaining when outdoors.


Glasses ($6.99/6)

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Ice Bucket or Tub

5. Ice bucket or tub. Keep drinks cool outside and drinks easily at hand by using ice buckets or tubs.


Silver Wine Cooler ($9.99), Shagreen Look Icebucket ($60)

What's your go-to item for summer entertaining?

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