Summer Settin’

Posted By Rebecca-NY | Jun 04, 2013 | 2 Comments | Category: Uncategorized

It’s summer time and we all know what that means.  It’s time to doll up the back yard and throw as many outdoor parties as you possibly can!  This is in between all those hours at the beach, the pool,  summer camps, visits to grandma and grandpa — but wherever you are and however busy you are this summer you should always find the time to sit back and enjoy the weather, some good food and a few drinks with friends.  Setting a table and planning for the party is one of my favorite things to do because it’s all about the details.  Let your creative mind go and get funky with your settings, lights and other decorative touches.  You’ll feel cheeky and your guests will love the effort you put into making their party experience a fun one!

arrangements

Spend time on your arrangements and flowers.  They’ll make everyone around you happy

candles

Don’t skimp on the candles at night

cocktails

Serve fun, ready to drink cocktails that will allow guests to relax and not think about what they want

color

Don’t be afraid of bold color.  It will brighten anyone’s mood

healthy options

Serve healthy options for those who are trying to be good and keep that swimsuit body

light bites

Light, easy, colorful bites are the way to go

napkins

Have some fun with the cocktail napkins

paper lanterns and lights

A few paper lanterns can go a long way and will add mood light and ambiance

subtle flowers

If it’s a sit down dinner go the extra mile to make the table setting pretty and soothing.  Keep the centerpieces low so you can see the people across from you!

wild flowers

Go wild! and grab flowers from your back yard to throw together something organic and simple





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The 4th of July is around the corner and it’s time to throw together a quick, inexpensive yet chic table setting(s) and party decor for all of those guests that are coming over this weekend.  Don’t stress, stay calm and browse through some of these great and easy ideas to make your table stand out this holiday!  All it takes is a few arts and crafts, a quick trip to your local party store and a little baking..

These paper lanterns were made by the ever so creative Martha Stewart

Use red, white and blue tissue paper or wrapping paper to create whimsicle designs.  You can also cut out and make your own placemats using the same paper!

You can never go wrong with BIG, round paper lanterns from your local party store

Get out your white mugs and plates and splash the table with patriotic flags which can also be found at your local party store

Mix and match your napkins and placemats with your generic white china

Sometimes all it takes is a simple red napkin.  You could add a thick blue ribbon down the center of the table runner and voila…red, white and blue!

Look how gorgeous these carnation balls are!  Im sure you could find dyed blue ones as well and if not, you can dye them yourself!  Thoroughly saturate a 3″ sphere of floral foam with cool water and insert your short carnation stems until the entire sphere is covered.  How easy does that sound?

Dessert!  This is a sure way to decorate your table and get your guests to stay until the end.  Try the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for flag cake.

Use blueberries and raspberries on white frosted cupcakes

Martha Stewart’s Red, White and Blue Desserts

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