The Ultimate Summer Entertaining Guide
Everything you need to plan the perfect summer soirée.
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.
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Concha Jumbo Serving Platter$375Buy
Heather Taylor Home Plaid Tablecloth$258Buy
x The Palmist Sea Shell Caracol Napkins$39Buy
Set of Four Goto Tumblers$279Buy
Tartan Squiggle Jug$94Buy
Set of Two Gradient Glasses$197Buy
x Luke Edward Hall Shell Bread Plate$56Buy
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.
Lonely and Blue: The Deepest Soul of Otis Redding$23Buy
Histoire de Melody Nelson$23Buy
Charlotte Vintage-style Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Mini Smart Flower Pot with Bluetooth Speaker
Karaoke Microphone Speaker$50Buy
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!
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.
Carved Visage Vase 10$287Buy
Dried Daisy Bunch$40Buy
Floral Porcelain Vase
You Vase Terracota$163Buy
Arrangement with VesselFrom $120Buy
Nathalie 20″ Seagrass Table Vase
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