Summer Soriée at home

It is summer so why not invite some friends over and set the table outside! What is stopping you from taking a few extra steps to make it a little extra special? The last minute gatherings I throw together are honestly better than the ones I plan months and months.

Here are the few steps I took when I recently threw a last minute summer gathering outside:

  1. Send out a text asking friends over. Once the guests are invited there is no turning back.

  2. Get inspiration from somewhere. Bruce’s collection of mint julep cups (thanks to his God-Mother Louise) inspired me to serve Mint Juleps as the signature drink.

  3. Create a design plan. I stepped into my party closet to decide what napkins and dishes I would use. I didn’t love what I saw, so I treated myself to a few new items from Juliska. I strongly encourage you to have at least one set of fun dishes, napkins and placemats. If you are going to entertain a lot, consider starting a collection of fun party items so that no one party is the exact same. Nothing has to be fancy! I have found some of my favorite items at West Elm, Target and Crate and Barrel.

  4. Create the centerpiece. While it is totally acceptable to keep things simple, I called in Mary Cox Brown to help make this summer gathering extra special. Consider grabbing some florals from Whole Foods and filling a variety of bud vases down your table. Always have a box of glass votives on hand! You can achieve a great look by filling the center of the table with nothing but candles and calling it a day.

  5. Choose your menu. I am not a cook nor do I have the time to fool with it. I would never host if it meant I had to grocery shop and then prepare the meal. I thought about what my favorite meal was in town and simply ordered takeout. Since it was a girls’ night, I opted for the Bottega Bowl from Bottega Cafe. With the entree decided, I turned to Savor Style for the best meet and cheese board to start the party.

Photography by Alisha Crossley

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With these simple steps you are ready to host. Treating your friends to a well planned night is a treat for both you and them. Enjoy!!


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