Summer Entertaining Essentials

 

The weather is warming, Easter is this weekend and I’m dreaming of getting my table outside for some back yard parties. My dreams were kindled when I found myself meandering through every  the dining aisle and saw the summer entertaining essentials all ready to go in my cart. (Though sadly, they actually did not.) Still I came home and wanted to note the gorgeous Target Threshold items I saw there and share them paired together with you!Summer Entertaining Essentials from Target

Summer Entertaining Essentials from Targetcake stand / beverage tub / hexagon tray / serving bowl / ice bucket / decanter / mule mugs / pitcher / dip bowls / placemat / table runner

I chose this particular selection with the vision of outdoor parties that last long into the evening when you have to pull out your Mexican Blanket and light a few skeeter candles.  Favorite parts? I love the added handles to the wood serving bowl and cake stand A classy take on the normal wood serving ware! And that gold/navy color combo in the beverage tub is perfect for a long outdoor evening of beer chilling (and drinking). Finally, the linens and dip bowls add that Aztec look that begs for another Indian summer.

Do you need more summer entertaining inspiration? I love these tablescapes…

Photo by Meghan Kay Sadler // Smitten Studio
Photo by Meghan Kay Sadler // Smitten Studio

What isn’t to love about this outdoor summer party? What a great idea to dip chair legs. The natural wood mixed with white and a pop color is so sweet.

Photo by Elizabeth Evelyn Kirby // Local Milk
Photo by Elizabeth Evelyn Kirby // Local Milk

Ms. Kirby has an artists eye for food and parties. All of her creations are poetic as much as they are delicious.

Farm to Table the Sparrow and the Crow Photo by Clayton Austin
Photo by Clayton Austin // The Sparrow and the Crow

Clayton Austin captured this simple farm to table wedding that I can’t wait to replicate this summer with friends. Cold Spanish gazpacho, bread, drinks– this meal would be perfection.

What do you love in the above list of summer entertaining essentials? What is the best summer party memory you have? I can’t wait to host some warm weather gatherings here in the coming months…

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