After months and months of limited social interaction, little sounds more appealing than a friendly soirée. Though our altered approach this past year has allowed us to find solace in the arrangement of a table setting or the perfection of a new cocktail recipe, it will be nice to delight in a full-fledged social setting once more.

If planning said party, it can take a minute to fall back into step as host. Do you embrace the “bigger is better” mindset, or stay within the safety net of a simpler, more relaxed approach? Chef Stephanie Nass is opting for the former, leaning into the exciting prospects this summer promises. “Over the 15 months of the strictest COVID-19 restrictions, I regretted not doing what I wanted while it was possible. This summer I’m going to invite all the people, arrange all the flowers, wear all the most daring outfits, use my best table linens, and cook time-intensive recipes,” she reveals. “When guests come over, we’re going to stay up late and relish the moment’s gathering like there’s no tomorrow. All we have is now, so let’s make it unequivocally fun. CARPE DIEM!”

But don’t let that energy intimidate you. Extra effort doesn’t necessarily entail perfection-seeking standards. Erin Beatty of Rentrayage favors a more laid-back approach. “I don’t like fussy entertaining. I like beautifully mismatched plates, oversize plant-based meals made with weekly finds from the farmers’ market or successful spoils from my garden,” she explains. “I like parties like I like my home, like I like my clothes—eclectic, seemingly unplanned, easy, and beautiful. Invite randoms, invite besties, serve food on mixed-up plates and dishes pulled together with matching glasses and flutes.”

Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, the idea of planning any sort of event is intriguing. No matter your hostess style, we’ve rounded up every item you could possibly need, from retro champagne coupes to mood-enhancing lanterns, below.

Regardless of how many courses you plan on serving, a variety of plates always makes for an interesting table setting.

Tall champagne flutes, painted tumblers, or colored glassware are all excellent options for a summer-themed get-together.

The snazziest linens allow you to set the backdrop for an eye-catching tablescape. Depending on your mood, opt for a muted solid or a loud print.

To fill up that extra space between plates, drinkware, and serving platters (if there is any), sprinkle chic accessories throughout your table.

Arguably the most important job of a hostess is to set the mood. Indulge in fresh flowers, dimly lit candles, and, of course, a fabulous playlist.



Originally posted on coveteur.com