Summer Dinner Party Inspiration

Since winter, we’ve been dreaming (AKA Pinning) of the perfect summer – lots of sun, sand and…. Outdoor parties. Color palettes emerged featuring bright and berry colored hues, complemented by leafy bunches and rustic table settings. We’d see a recipe, start drooling and think, “Oh, that would pair really nicely with this raspberry drink,” only to promptly store it in our memory bank until the time would come.

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Well, the time is now. You’ve been waiting for an excuse to throw a little soirée and there’s no better reason to host one than “It’s summer, let’s celebrate!” (Pretty tablescapes are not reserved just for weddings!)
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Prepping the table and figuring out all the details is half the fun; but it doesn’t have to be difficult! We’ve found all the inspiration you need to style a stunning summer tablescape.
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 Emily Henderson, a professional stylist, offers up these wise words of advice when it comes to hosting a dinner party:

"Flower arrangements can get stupidly expensive, but flowers, branches, or plants are key to livening up a flat surface – so you kinda need them. Instead of spending $50+, let’s go the cheaper route: greenery. You can typically get “filler” greenery at the florist for super cheap (or even free in some cases). Even better, you can literally find some really pretty leafy greens right outside. Go for branches and wildflowers..."

Some of our favorite décor goodies and styling pieces available at the OPT by NRFB store: