The Ultimate Summer Entertaining Guide

Everything you need to plan the perfect summer soirée.

summer entertaining
Hosting outdoor gatherings is among the many activities we look forward to during these too-short but very sweet summer months. While the invite list may be smaller than years past, that doesn’t mean they have to be any less glamorous. Regardless of the party size, being the perfect host means mastering these four things: a dreamy tablescape, seasonal florals, flowing drinks, and good music. From colorful table settings, to a perfect playlist, to always having your guests’ glasses full, ahead we map out what you need in order to plan the perfect summer soirée.


The secret to setting the perfect summer table is infusing color and mixed prints wherever possible—from ceramics to glassware to table linens. Then, adding subtle summery details like gingham, seashells, and raffia will bring the summer warmth full circle.

Concha Jumbo Serving Platter

Carolina Irving & Daughters

Tartan Squiggle Jug

Matilda Goad

Summer Placemats

The Palmist


Music is a key component to summer entertaining. A good playlist with diverse music spinning on a vintage vinyl player will help set the mood. It’s also always fun to have a karaoke option to turn up at the end of the meal.

C6 Turntable

Crosley Radio

Bluetooth Speaker

$60 $30

Histoire de Melody Nelson

Serge Gainsbourg


A good host is always prepared with a wide assortment of beverage options—from tequila to aguardiente, to coffee and tea for the non-drinkers. Ghia, a spirits-free aperitif, also just launched this month in time for summer parties. Mix it with ice and seltzer—no booze required!



Sicily Wine Chiller

Williams Sonoma
$50 $25


Top your tablescape with fresh summer flowers (or dried flowers!) inside colorful, graphic vases. We love an eclectic mix of vases in different patterns, shapes, and textures for an authentic, homey feel.

Dried Daisy Bunch


Loop Vase

East Fork
$140 $120

Floral Porcelain Vase

Jessica Hans
$375 $112

You Vase Terracota

Valeria Vasi

Decorative Vase

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