A Moody Tablescape + Suggestions for Summertime Internet hosting

I hosted an intimate ceremonial dinner final weekend and since y’all appeared to like the tablescape, I needed to share particulars on it. This obtained me fascinated with some common internet hosting ideas I consider, regardless of the season, so I needed to record these out as properly. P.S. you’ll find all our eating room furnishings particulars right here.

xx Ashley

I typically use the identical items for tablescapes all year long, however in fact like to combine in particulars or textures to make issues really feel seasonally applicable. Since this tablescape was hosted within the night, I stored issues moodier, even this time of 12 months, after which blended in linen napkins and stone to freshen the texture up.

SERVEWARE: Even throughout summertime, I like this $30 Black + Gold Silverware Set as a result of it feels elegant any time of the 12 months and appears to go along with all the pieces. This Black Matte Cutlery Set can be stylish and a tremendous deal. As for our plates, we’ve used these Williams-Sonoma White Dinner and Salad Plates for years; they’re traditional and versatile. I like to position our Wine Glasses on the desk earlier than company arrive so there’s a recent glass ready for them if they need wine. Lastly, I’m eyeing these Melamine Serving Dishes so as to add to my assortment. TIP: If you wish to hold issues actually relaxed, particularly for BBQs or something like that, you possibly can even simply place your cutlery on this Black Cutlery Holder so individuals can seize what they want.

CENTERPIECE DETAILS: I are inclined to hold issues fairly easy with greenery or florals and have been utilizing this Black Stoneware Pitcher as a vase. If it’s a night tablescape, candles set the temper and I assumed these $18 Stoneware Candle Handlers had been distinctive and gorg.

LINENS: I purchased these Linen Taupe Napkins for this ceremonial dinner and was actually impressed (they arrive in a ton of colours). I seen these Gingham and Striped Tea Towels and these Patterned Napkins over at H&M that are inexpensive and cute for summer time.

I like to host and now that the boys are getting a bit extra unbiased, I’m excited for plenty of internet hosting this summer time and into the vacations. Right here are some things I at all times consider:

HANDLE EVERYTHING YOU CAN BEFORE: I believe internet hosting, not less than for me, at all times comes with a bit of tension proper earlier than company arrive so I attempt to do actually all the pieces I can earlier than it’s go time. From prepping a playlist or Spotify station to creating something upfront to attempting out my look the day earlier than, something helps. Additionally if doable, I *strive* to plan to all set half-hour early so I can have a drink and take a minute earlier than individuals arrive.

HAVE SELF-SERVE OPTIONS: Particularly with summertime occasions the place internet hosting tends to really feel extra informal, I really like having self-serve choices for company. Whether or not I’m internet hosting 2 individuals or 20, I’ll at all times have appetizers able to go so that folks can nibble as they get there. I really like this Wooden Board for a cheese board second and a Sectional Serving Platter for dips and apps. Into this Black Wood Dish for small apps or nuts as properly.

CREATE A BAR MOMENT: This does NOT should be difficult or fancy. Just like the appetizers out, I wish to have an space the place individuals can serve themselves what they’d wish to drink earlier than we sit. I’ll often open just a few bottles of various wines earlier than individuals arrive so that they really feel snug pouring themselves a glass. After which having some beers and seltzers in a Beverage Tub on ice. Don’t neglect to inventory your bar space with glasses (we like these Beer Glasses that may double as water glasses and these Out of doors Tumblers if we’re hanging outdoors. As for water, if I’m feeling additional I’ll make some ‘spa water’ on this Beverage Dispenser as a result of it feels particular. For those who’re internet hosting a small crowd, love this $22 Glass Pitcher that’s nice for water, tea, or spa water since there’s a lid. EXTRA TIP: We’ve been making these Spicy Cucumber Margaritas this summer time and so they’re SO good if you wish to serve cocktails.

LIGHT CANDLES: I at all times have a pair scentless candles going across the kitchen in order that it units the temper with out interfering with the meals. I then wish to have a pleasant smelling candle within the toilet after which in fact, just a few citronella candles burning if we’re outdoors. I’ve the Candles I Can’t Cease Burning in a weblog publish, btw.

WEAR SOMETHING EASY: All the time! I’ve been that lady in one thing uncomfortable internet hosting and it’s simply not value it. For me, it’s often a straightforward gown (with sleeves that gained’t get caught within the oven or in meals) and flats like this outfit or these straightforward summer time attire.

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