Saturday was “Midsummer”. It’s the Saturday after the first day of summer and a day to celebrate all the wonderful things about a summer evening! So we’re having dinner al fresco among the flowers and fireflies. I love to entertain outdoors on the patio. Here are a few tips for making your summer dining something special!
Today on our podcast Decorating Tips And Tricks we are talking about BATHROOM HARDWARE FINISHES. This episode will make you really think about your bathroom fixtures and how they work in your bathroom decor!
Now let’s get outside and set a summer table!
A big thank you to Lory at Designthusiam for putting together this SUMMER ENTERTAINING BLOG TOUR. Such fabulous summer tables. Better than a magazine!!!!
If you are coming from Bless’er House, welcome! I’m sure Lauren has given you so many beautiful ideas!
The table is set with colorful linens to match the garden flowers and lanterns! The dinner is scrumptious and easy to prepare and the music wafting through the summer evening air is Jazz! Let’s celebrate summer! Here are a few tips to make summer entertaining something special!
The inspiration for this dinner was the occasion of Midsummer. Although our celebration does not include a traditional bonfire it does include colorful lit lanterns!
The theme was also inspired by this flowery tablecloth and the bounty of blooms from my garden! It’s much for fun to set a table when you have a theme in mind!
I let colors run wild over the whole table with unabandoned brilliance!
Whether china or Chinet, every place setting at the table should be carefully constructed! Layering dishes is one way to create a unique and pretty statement.
I get asked all the time what to do with the dishes at each seat. That’s easy. When it’s time for dinner I whisk them all away and either use them on a buffet or plate dinner on the dinner plates and save the others for salads and desserts!
Because there were so many different colors in the tablecloth I stepped outside my usual tight color palette and used layers of pretty color in the plates and napkins!
To keep each place setting from looking too much like a crayon box I grounded the settings with rattan chargers and simple bamboo handled flatware.
One of my favorite table setting tricks is to use double napkins and catch them up in a pretty napkin ring!
The flower on the napkin ring resembles the zinnias in the centerpiece!
Make a signature libation for your summer dinner party! Think of one that everyone might like! It will be a memory maker!
For tonight’s dinner, I’m serving A Champagne Rum Punch. Just perfect for Midsummer night! And I’m serving it in these fun swirled glasses! These are really sherbert glasses but who says you can’t serve drinks in them? Not me!
Pick a drink with your summer dinner party in mind!
A summer table begs for garden flowers! Every year my garden is overcrowded with zinnias. They are such cheery, bright, colorful flowers, and my favorite!
If you don’t have a garden get flowers along the roadside or at your local farmstand.
Even though the evenings are longer, don’t forget candles in hurricanes or lanterns. They add lots of beauty and ambiance as the sun goes down!
I used colorful lantern for the Midsummer table!
The view of the sun going down behind our neighboring farm.
As the sun goes down the lantern gets brighter.
Summer dining is about lingering until after dark and enjoying the great company and beautiful summer evenings!
Now, I hope you will visit my sweet friend Ann at ON SUTTON PLACE. She’s next on the tour and you will love her outdoor table!
And please visit my blogging friends and their beautiful summer tables below!
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