A Moody Tablescape + Suggestions for Summertime Internet hosting

I hosted an intimate feast final weekend and since y’all appeared to like the tablescape, I needed to share particulars on it. This obtained me occupied with some common internet hosting ideas I remember, regardless of the season, so I needed to listing these out as nicely. P.S. you will discover all our eating room furnishings particulars right here.

xx Ashley

I usually 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 acceptable. Since this tablescape was hosted within the night, I stored issues moodier, even this time of 12 months, after which combined 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 together with all the things. This Black Matte Cutlery Set can be stylish and an incredible deal. As for our plates, we’ve used these Williams-Sonoma White Dinner and Salad Plates for years; they’re basic and versatile. I like to put our Wine Glasses on the desk earlier than visitors arrive so there’s a contemporary 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’ll be able to even simply place your cutlery on this Black Cutlery Holder so individuals can seize what they want.

CENTERPIECE DETAILS: I are likely 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 believed these $18 Stoneware Candle Handlers had been distinctive and gorg.

LINENS: I purchased these Linen Taupe Napkins for this feast 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 season.

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

HANDLE EVERYTHING YOU CAN BEFORE: I believe internet hosting, no less than for me, all the time comes with a bit of tension proper earlier than visitors arrive so I attempt to do actually all the things I can earlier than it’s go time. From prepping a playlist or Spotify station to creating something prematurely to making an attempt out my look the day earlier than, something helps. Additionally if potential, 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 like having self-serve choices for visitors. Whether or not I’m internet hosting 2 individuals or 20, I’ll all the time have appetizers able to go so that folks can nibble as they get there. I 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 nicely.

CREATE A BAR MOMENT: This does NOT must be difficult or fancy. Just like the appetizers out, I prefer to have an space the place individuals can serve themselves what they’d prefer to drink earlier than we sit. I’ll normally open a number of bottles of various wines earlier than individuals arrive in order 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 exterior. As for water, if I’m feeling further I’ll make some ‘spa water’ on this Beverage Dispenser as a result of it feels particular. In case you’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 season they usually’re SO good if you wish to serve cocktails.

LIGHT CANDLES: I all the time have a pair scentless candles going across the kitchen in order that it units the temper with out interfering with the meals. I then prefer to have a pleasant smelling candle within the rest room after which in fact, a number of citronella candles burning if we’re exterior. I’ve the Candles I Can’t Cease Burning in a weblog submit, btw.

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

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