What do fireflies, backporch breezes, cool cocktails and bountiful platters have in common? Well summer of course! The summer season is in full swing down here in beautiful Alabama and we just love all of the happiness it brings. The days are longer, the food tastes better and nothing beats a cold glass of lemonade in your hand!
It’s also a fabulous season for entertaining. Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a dear friend’s cocktail party at her lovely home. It was a glorious evening – clear skies, lots of stars, but OK I must admit, the humidity almost got the best of me and my dress! Gotta love the south!
As I was chatting with friends old and new, I couldn’t help but notice how pretty everything looked. Nothing was overdone or overly dramatic – it was simple and chic. Rented round tables graced the patio covered in white linen and burlap, surrounded by my friend’s dining chairs that were brought out from the house. Richly colored French confit pots held summer vines and flowers and served as the centerpieces. A few strings of lights hung from the trees and a walnut trestle table held the selection of earthenware platters filled with all sorts of delectable nibbles. This to me was summer entertaining at its best where the outdoors is beautifully intertwined with inside pieces. Rustic yet refined, with a casually chic French nod to the summer season.
This truly is the season for casual gatherings with friends. I hope that you will make the most of your surroundings. Whether you bring a little nature from the outside in or setup a makeshift bar on your porch using one of your living room side tables, it’s all about creating a memorable setting. These are just a few of our favorite finds from the shop – perfect for a little bit of entertaining inspiration for those fun-filled summer days and nights.