Simple Summer Entertaining Tips

DSC_0352Simple summer entertaining…is that a misnomer? I don’t think so. The first thing that comes to mind for summer is being outside. In the Northeast, winter seems like a season that lasts half a year, so on any decent day, you’ll find me outside in the backyard.

The other thing that comes to mind is…use what you have. Finding a favorite “go to” color is an easy way to always have things on hand that can be used for an impromptu gathering. Obviously, mine is pink, but yours could be navy, citron or persimmon. Don’t be afraid to use basic pantry items, too….you can elevate them by how you present them. Presentation is everything!

This is a simple set up that I pulled together to welcome my mom to New York. Isn’t that reason enough for a celebration? The base is my potting table, which is meant for growing herbs. When I’m not growing herbs in it, I put the top on and use it as a “bar cart” and serving station. It’s the perfect height and I love the look of the weathered wood.DSC_0344 DSC_0355 DSC_0345Next, I needed to dress it up a bit, so I used a garland that I saved from a birthday celebration. It says “party”! Additionally, I use the “good stuff”. That means ditching the plastic for crystal and silver. I’m not setting an entire table, so it’s as easy as loading up a silver tray and bringing it outside. Don’t have a wine or champagne cooler? No problem. Use a basic glass vase and cut some hosta leaves out of the garden to dress it up.DSC_0349 DSC_0356DSC_0346Some people like salty. Some like sweet. I’m the former, but I always love to have a little dessert for those who love them. Store bought cupcakes are dressed up with one of my favorite sprinkle mixes by Amy Sedaris for Fishes Eddy. The little white candies say “I Like You”.DSC_0341 DSC_0342DSC_0340 DSC_0343The key to simple entertaining in summer, or any season for that matter, is to have an arsenal of entertaining basics on hand and to find a formula that works for you. Happy Summer!!

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Sources: Drink More Champagne napkins (Shop Lettermade), Hot Pink monogrammed napkins (Emily McCarthy), Silver bowl & similar (Watson Kennedy), Rosé All Day pillow (Nest Inspired Home), Garland (BlushBazaar)

Find more Simple Summer Entertaining Tips from these lovely bloggers: ShabbyFuFu, Megan Pflug Designs, Classic Casual Home, Hello Lovely, Rough Luxe Lifestyle

Raise A Glass to 2015

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When we think of New Year’s, champagne usually comes to mind. Perhaps you like it, perhaps you don’t…but you might just sip some bubbly on New Year’s Eve. When I think of champagne, I think of celebrations. Large and small. Minute and magnificent. Life is, after all, to be celebrated!

As I look back on 2015, I was touched to see how many celebrations I marked with friends and family…Valentine’s, birthdays (mine and others), lunches with blog friends at Bergdorf Goodman, dinners at the Polo Bar, backyard parties with neighborhood friends, a post Modern Mix luncheon celebration, a sunny summer soiree in Seattle, holidays and more. But, you won’t find me drinking champagne by myself. That’s part of the connection and the celebration. I enjoy the clinking of the glasses and the making of toasts. IMG_5588 IMG_5682_2no champs st paddys IMG_6485 champs in seattle IMG_5889 IMG_6628 birthday champs champs at home IMG_6249 IMG_6650 champs napkins IMG_6029 IMG_5963 IMG_5550 halloween champsnew years champs

So, here’s to YOU!!! May you look back on 2015 with fondness and ahead to 2016 with hope. And, above all, I encourage you to celebrate. Every. Single. Day. However you like. As for me….I’ll have a glass of champagne with an orange twist!

Cheers! May this coming year be your best ever!

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editors note: This is in no way a sponsored post by Verve Clicquot….they just happen to be my “go to” brand!

A Confetti & Champagne Party

 

Few things in life give me more pleasure than planning and hosting a party for someone. Last night, I had the honor of hosting an intimate dinner for a friend’s birthday. She loves pink, so the guests were invited to “wear something pink” and you’ll see that color woven throughout each element of the party.
The snazzy bar cart banner will be one that I bring out time and time again. Strawberry bellinnis were the signature drink….a little strawberry puree topped with champagne. Once the party got started, I had to put down my camera, so these were all taken in the afternoon, as I was setting up.
Wishing you a weekend full of confetti and champagne! And, chocolate Easter bunnies!

Sources:
Cupcakes + cookies: Sweet Lisa’s in Greenwich, CT
Linen cocktail napkins: Lettermade
Paper cocktail napkins: Meri Meri
Cheers banner + happy birthday bunting: Michiemay on etsy
Flowers: McArdles in Greenwich, CT