Simple Summer Entertaining

Summer entertaining is simply the best. For me, it's all about easy set up and fuss-free clean up, fresh fruits and local ingredients with a bit of a tropical twist. A pretty banana leaf-printed table linen was the inspiration behind this fun tablescape that's perfect for enjoying good food and great company long into the summer evening. When entertaining outdoors, I like to use pieces that don't require a lot of extra cleanup afterwards. I'd much prefer to enjoy time with my guests than having to spend all the time in the kitchen trying to get things rinsed and dried. The cute, printed white plates are actually disposable, and I was able to find napkins in the same print to make the set up feel more cohesive. I added individual pineapple appetizer dishes for serving fresh fruit for guests to enjoy prior to the entree and used my favorite gold flatware. One thing that really adds warmth to a table is the use of natural elements, whether that's florals, shells, branches, or wooden pieces, having some sort of piece just makes a tablescape seem natural and unstuffy. This multi-tone, wooden serving board was something I found on a trip to Maui, and I added some hand-painted utensils that are great for serving salad or a pasta dish family style. Finally, a dash of golden yellow helped to brighten up the soft green and turquoise color palate, while a cluster of candles brings an added (and literal) glow to the scene long after the sun sets. Cheers to many more patio parties and fun-filled days of summer! How are you celebrating this season?

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