Must-haves for spring entertaining
When entertaining guests during the unpredictable spring months, your supplies, atmosphere and food can make or break the experience. Make sure you think through all of the potential contingencies and include these must-have spring items in your grand plan.
Spring weather is known for being testy, and you never know when a late afternoon storm could put a damper on your outdoor party. By investing in quality, attractive dishes that will work well indoors and out, you'll never have to stress about a rained-out party. We like Crate and Barrel's acrylic wine glasses and Williams-Sonoma's Provence Melamine dinner plates. For more indoor-outdoor dish options at discounted prices, you may want to shop at your local HomeGoods store. Their wide variety and frequent shipments mean that you can find unique seasonal options perfect for spring.
Supplies for an impromptu picnic
Just as bad weather can sneak up on you in the spring, so can good weather. If you planned an indoor affair and all the guests start suffering from cabin fever, allow your party to break out onto the patio. Even if you don't have much in the way of outdoor furniture, you can set up Crate and Barrel's Table in a Bag and roll out your drinks and food on Pottery Barn's galvanized metal rolling wagon party bucket. Your guests will be happy you made the effort with the extra accommodations.
Colorful napkin rings
Even if you don't have anything else in the way of springtime decorations, your guests will instantly feel the springtime buzz if you place their napkins into colorful napkin rings. We like Target's purple and silver napkin rings or Crate and Barrel's Gerber daisy rings.
A springy starter
Spring is the time of year when everything blooms and fruits and vegetables are at their ripest. Every spring party should include a light and easy appetizer incorporating the freshest of spring's fruits and veggies. You can keep it simple by serving a simple fruit salad of berries and melon, topped with whipped cream, or you can concoct a fresh salad with spinach, goat cheese, strawberries and balsamic dressing.
A spring drink recipe
Every spring party needs a fresh and fruity drink. To keep all your guests happy, make sure you have options for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. You can keep it simple by offering pink lemonade for some guests and raspberry margaritas for those looking for an extra kick.
A spring-themed dessert
Spring brings to mind fresh flowers, baby animals and bright colors. Even if your spring party doesn't have an overt spring theme, you can still finish it out with a beautiful, spring-infused dessert. Use flower-shaped cookie cutters to make beautiful cookies, or top cupcakes with butterflies, birds and nests filled with candy eggs. We like Crate and Barrel's butterfly- and tulip-shaped cookie cutters and Target's novelty cast bug pan for creating springtime desserts.