Summer Entertaining

by Liz Dowling

What goes into good summer entertaining?  I am going to take a page from my friend’s book to answer that question.  She effortlessly hosted an al fresco evening in her backyard for 35 people last month.

Outdoor gardens are the perfect decor.

One long table kept the seating easy.

Color scheme?  Keep it simple.  Everything white, with hints of blue and turquoise.  Beach rocks were place cards, flowers were from the garden.  One glass style was used for water and wine.

IMG_6396Hire your children!  Emily and Mae set the table.

More of our kids put to work.  Bartending, serving and clearing.  Great job ladies!

Little white lights hanging over the table were simple and provided just enough light for dinner.

Wry Home candles lined the table.  The color scheme fit in and they didn’t blow out in the breeze!


Three delicious coconut cakes for dessert.

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The evening was a celebration for two friends getting married in the fall.

The food was farm fresh and delicious, served family style at the table.

A lovely toast to the happy couple.

Such an elegant evening.

After dessert, there were more toasts and dancing.  Summer entertaining at its best!

The Happy Couplethe wry home

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Robin August 11, 2016 - 6:52 am

My fifteen minutes of fame! Love it! Kudos to Alicia and Philip. Amazing hosts , amazing friends

kathleen perkal August 11, 2016 - 9:40 am

Spectacular. Does she “hire out”?

Elizabeth Dowling August 11, 2016 - 11:33 am

She had an amazing eye and style! Not sure she hires out 🙂

Maureen August 11, 2016 - 5:12 pm

Would love to know how they constructed the light supports – my current back yard challenge.

Elizabeth Dowling August 12, 2016 - 9:02 am

I know! She has a very handy son who helped her construct it.

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