A Moody Tablescape + Ideas 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 acquired me enthusiastic about some normal internet hosting suggestions I take into accout, regardless of the season, so I needed to record these out as nicely. P.S. yow will discover 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 saved 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 together with every thing. 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 position our Wine Glasses on the desk earlier than company 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 folks 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 feast and was actually impressed (they arrive in a ton of colours). I observed these Gingham and Striped Tea Towels and these Patterned Napkins over at H&M that are reasonably priced 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 at all times take into accout:

HANDLE EVERYTHING YOU CAN BEFORE: I believe internet hosting, at the least for me, at all times comes with a bit of hysteria proper earlier than company arrive so I attempt to do actually every thing 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 doable, I *attempt* to plan to all set half-hour early so I can have a drink and take a minute earlier than folks 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 folks or 20, I’ll at all times have appetizers able to go so that individuals 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 nicely.

CREATE A BAR MOMENT: This does NOT should be sophisticated or fancy. Much like the appetizers out, I prefer to have an space the place folks can serve themselves what they’d prefer to drink earlier than we sit. I’ll often open a number of bottles of various wines earlier than folks arrive in order that they really feel comfy pouring themselves a glass. After which having some beers and seltzers in a Beverage Tub on ice. Don’t overlook to inventory your bar space with glasses (we like these Beer Glasses that may double as water glasses and these Outside Tumblers if we’re hanging outdoors. 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 the event 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 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 prefer to have a pleasant smelling candle within the rest room after which in fact, a number of 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 woman in one thing uncomfortable internet hosting and it’s simply not value it. For me, it’s often a simple gown (with sleeves that gained’t get caught within the oven or in meals) and flats like this outfit or these straightforward summer season attire.

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