Summer Dinner Party

IMG_4041Summer entertaining should be easy and breezy, not overly stressful. Yet, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a little dressed up.

Since setting the table happens before any party, you can take your time and embellish up to a day or two ahead. For a recent dinner, I started with matching hot pink chargers from Marie Daage with my wedding china, Wedgewood Crown Sapphire. It’s one of those patterns that I loved, then tired of and having spent years in the drawer as I rotated a number of other patterns, finally seemed new again. Pulling in the hot pink napkins and glasses gave a little punch to each table setting.

As I have mentioned before, it has been a banner year for the hydrangeas, so I was thrilled to just use what was in the garden for my centerpieces. Using a mix of containers…some gifts, some recycled, some simple water glasses, I was able to create a landscape of high and low down the center of the table.

Perhaps my favorite touch was using hydrangea leaves for placecards.IMG_4038 IMG_4034 IMG_4055 (1) IMG_4046 IMG_4033IMG_4036Using what you have and have accumlated over time, mixing it together and sharing it with friends…that makes entertaining easy and breezy.

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Since 2014, Lettermade has been making linens with personality. In addition to designing cocktail and dinner napkins with monograms, they have made their mark by creating witty icons and partnering with such brands as Draper James, Gray Malin and Rifle Paper Co. Owner, Malia, just seems to keep raising the bar. Take these newest designs of Fashion Icons Karl Lagerfeld and Iris Apfel (if you haven’t seen the documentary of her life….it’s a “must watch”).karl-lettermade-cocktail-napkins

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Golf season is in full swing (couldn’t resist) at our house, so these golf inspired napkins would be perfect for Father’s Day or a golf gathering.

Lettermade-Golf-Set-WebScreen Shot 2017-05-09 at 9.06.47 PMAnd, there’s a slew of fun and happy designs for any occassion, like these soft serve ice cream cones!LETTERMADE-ICE-CREAM-CONE-COCKTAIL-NAPKINSScreen Shot 2017-05-09 at 9.27.03 PM

You can elevate any occassion when you use the “good linens”…and you make it memorable when your linens have personality!

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Like Rosé? Try Frosé!

07db32ec656222504e405f0551fbdd28It’s the first weekend in August, which means it is H-O-T and time is running out! If summer were a roller coaster ride….we’re about to take the last big loop before pulling into September! So, now is the time to take your rosé up a notch! Freeze it and you have a pretty pink beverage…frosé!

Here’s a delicious recipe from Bon Appetit!
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Cheers to the weekend…make it pink and pretty!

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