For a long time I thought that I had to have a really fancy apartment or outdoor space, expensive kitchenware, and honestly a huge circle of friends, in order to entertain. But I like setting up a good table, and I like preparing to sit down to a nice meal or gathering the ingredients to mix up a good cocktail (cute garnish and stir sticks included). If I waited for all that I’d never get to entertain. Lately I’ve been learning that the party doesn’t have to be big as long as it’s got the right people, and the table just needs a few chairs. Whether your own summer parties are big or small, I think it’s all about having a few staples that you can use in new ways each time.
Summer Entertaining Guide
Plants are a great focal point for any tablescape. I love that you can just grab the ones you already have in your home for a mix ‘n match look. If you’re looking to bring them together though, you could always repot them in something like these mini metallic paper bags from the future kept. They’re made from a washable eco-friendly material so they’re perfect for reusing. Instant decor for any time of year!
When it comes to the tabletop I love cloth napkins like these striped tea towels from fashionABLE’s home line. With them, you can go a bit more minimal without the place settings looking empty. These ones come in a variety of colors but I’d choose something more neutral to balance colorful decor.
Weavings and macrame hangings are everything in the event world, so add a little focal point to whatever room (or patio) you’re entertaining in with a little something like this cute weaving our member Savvie Studio has up for sale in her shop. You’ll be able to view her profile on CSC soon!
I love pastels and subtle colors, but couldn’t resist these bright coasters from Hey Girl Market, another forthcoming member. Made by artisans in Costa Rica, these are sold individually so you can mix ‘n match. Stay tuned for more photos of her lovely coasters.
If there’s any occasion to try a new recipe, it’s when you entertain. Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home & Travel by Heidi Swanson is full of globally inspired dishes that will look beautiful as a spread and make for even better conversation.
I’m having a major obsession with gold and rose gold flatware right now, but it’s not really something I can justify $100+ on for a full set from a big department store. What I do like is the idea that an investment piece like a set of cutlery could come fair trade from artisans like the Oslo Cutlery Set does, and stay in your home for years to come.
Bowls and Baskets
I love, love the upswing in artisan baskets that’s happening all across ethical home goods shops. This plum welcome basket from All Across Africa (made in Rwanda) via Accompany is perfect for a fruit bowl, and it goes without saying that you can keep it in your kitchen for everyday use too.
Once you start grabbing flowers from the farmers market, grocery store blooms just don’t cut it anymore. Here in LA there are farmers markets in essentially every neighborhood, so I really don’t have an excuse. You can do without most things on a table but you gotta have flowers or greenery!
Are you hosting any gatherings this month?