The season of summer entertaining is officially upon us – are you prepared? There is something about summer that immediately makes me want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the company of others. It just seems like the right season to do so! When it comes to entertaining, I do like to keep things simple. You could drive yourself crazy trying to put together an elaborate table, a plethora of items to eat, and the perfect cocktail or drink to accompany it all. I admit: I’ve done it myself a few times. However, I think keeping it simple is pretty much what summer entertaining should be about. Feel free to be laid back – it’s summer! Kick your feet up and enjoy yourself instead of adding the stress of creating the ultimate in perfection.
So, for my summer entertaining table, I whip out a few essentials. From….you guessed it…Marshalls. The store is always packed with awesome entertaining goods; they aren’t just awesome for clothing and shoes, y’all!!! I find SO many amazing home items at my local Marshalls, and pictured today are just a few of my new favorites.
If you’re going to be serving food and drink outdoors, I highly recommend obtaining a set of pretty plastic glasses. These goblets are great for water, tea, juice, etc. I also have a set of wine glasses so I don’t have to stress out about broken glass during my get-togethers! The sealed glass bottle is a fantastic option if you’re worried about bugs or other items making their way into your drinks; just pop the top and pour when a refill is necessary.
When you’re serving food, it is always nice to have a few large plates or trays to display everything nicely. One of my favorite items to serve during my summer entertaining sessions is a platter of charcuterie, cheese, and bread/spreads. Can you go wrong? I don’t think so. I love this textured white platter I scored, and my new wooden tray is quickly becoming a favorite – the handles on the sides make it a cinch to transport whatever I’m serving to and from the kitchen.
Other items I love to seek out at Marshalls? Their gourmet food options! From sauces to spreads, to marinades and seasonings, you can find some amazing deals and tasty finds. This olive bruschetta is quickly being devoured in my home. I’ve been spooning it onto crackers and rounds of baguette, but I’ve also found myself adding a spoonful on top of my salads. I bet it would make a KILLER muffuletta sandwich. I think I just had my next idea for lunch….
As for how to set the table – I keep that simple as well! This tablecloth is actually one from our wedding; I kept a few on hand afterward. It washes easily, so it makes it a cinch to throw on the table, and I don’t get too upset if a little spill happens. As for a simple centerpiece – baby’s breath is where it’s at for me! It is affordable and easy to find at your local grocery store. All you have to do is cut the pouf and add it to a vase with a bit of water on the bottom. This mercury glass vase is also from my wedding…but we found them at Marshalls when we were obtaining all of our centerpieces!
And on a random side note: how about that nail polish? You better believe I picked up this Essie polish (in Sunday Funday) when I spotted it on the shelf at Marshalls! It’s the perfect summer color, don’t you think?
How do YOU like to entertain during the summer months?