entertaining, parties, summer

As the mercury rises and the days get longer, embrace the balmy summer weather by bringing friends and family together for chic get-togethers, long lazy lunches and fabulous dinner parties. Be inspired by the following food and décor ideas for entertaining this Summer. Here’s our top 5 entertaining ideas:

Alfresco dining

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and dine outdoors either on the patio or out in the garden. For evening events, add your favourite beautiful candles and fairy lights to create an enchanting atmosphere. Engage the timeless essence of the English countryside creating a clean, fresh and captivating atmosphere in your home with the Summerdown Mint Candle (RRP $59.95) andReed Diffuser (RRP $49.95) which features aromatic mint and lemongrass. All Summerdown Mint products are free from sulphates, parabens, PEGs, petrochemicals or artificial colourings. For more information and stockist enquiries please visit www.sunpots.com.au.

entertaining, parties, summer

Family-style share platters

Perfect for get-togethers where everyone may not have met before, family style share platters are a great way to break the ice and get everyone mingling. A greater diversity of dishes can be served and guests can choose exactly what and how much they want of each dish, minimising the chance of food wastage and guests going home hungry. Make sure to display food in charming bowls and plates that add to your existing décor theme.

Pick a destination theme

Take yourself and your guests on a culinary journey throughout your favourite gourmet destinations. Invoke gastronomic hotspots like Spain and Italy by tailoring your menu and décor to reflect the chosen location.  Be transported to the Spanish countryside with the authentic, hand painted Sun Pots Pintado collection and be inspired by the old world charm of Italy, with the Sun Pots Fascino Antico collection, which is crafted in a Southern Italian factory. With prices starting from RRP $12.00, the Sun Pots collection transforms your home into a colourful oasis while bringing the warmth and charm from Italy and Spain. For more information and stockist enquiries please visit www.sunpots.com.au.

entertaining, parties, summer

Bright colours and patterns

Indulge in dining and serving ware that feature bright and cheerful colours and patterns that reflect your personal style and home décor. Neutral tones, such as white, grey and black may be versatile, but summer calls for inspiring shades that match the sunny weather and holiday vibe. Try pairing bold plates and bowls on top of a crisp white dining cloth to make the colours pop, or create a laid back, vintage aesthetic by ditching the table cloth and serving up on a rustic wooden table.

Mismatched décor

Avoid using matchy matchy dining and serving wear that can seem dated and overly formal, and instead opt for a mix of vibrant patterns and colours that bring a stylish but relaxed feel to your event. An added benefit is that it also resolves any potential dramas over not having enough matching sets for the number of guests you are inviting.