My summer entertaining style would certainly get a boost with any, or all, of these fresh essentials. A blue and white color story softens with the addition of natural-hued elements in the form of wicker or wood. Deep indigo colored linens paired with brighter shades of blue make an interesting story. Melamine plates and acrylic glasses have come a long way and are so true to their copy, it’s hard to tell the difference. And it wouldn’t feel like summer without a sprinkling of bamboo and rattan. For the Fourth of July, I’ll copy my friend Angela (@angelas.table) and add a dose of red to the table with a bouquet of fresh radishes.
It’s a good time to review the essentials for outdoor entertaining. A stack of blankets tucked in a basket for chilly evenings, a variety of candlelight options and extra seating with foldaway chairs or floor pillows. Add ambiance with glowing lights and the scent of firewood in the form of a subtle incense. Keep an ice-filled container stocked with easy to grab drinks. If insects are an issue, go with the classic, deet-free Avon Skin So Soft “Original Bath Oil Spray”. I’ve been sold on its effectiveness since we used it in Scotland years ago to keep the midges away.
Having an outdoor-friendly, well-stocked bar cart assures the action will stay outside. Cocktail mixing basics, a corkscrew, and chiller are essential. Leather handles add a sophisticated note to Ralph Lauren’s wicker serving pieces. I like to fill an elevated beverage server with water and fresh herbs or fruit. Pretty cocktail napkins and colorful small bowls to hold lemons and limes complete the setup.
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