When the sun lingers in the sky well into the evening, it’s the perfect opportunity to throw a poolside dinner party. Indulge in a fruity drink and set a table with bright, festive colors that match the intensity of the climate.
A tea cart serves as a bar, holding a pitcher of refreshing Peach Fuzzies made with peaches from the farmer’s market. A ceramic crock holds an arrangement of unusual pink hydrangeas and orange and pink roses.
A round table is set for dinner with party favors of fresh herbs potted in colorful colanders at each place. Don’t be afraid to mix unexpected colors: Here, pale pink gives fuchsia and orange a hip contrast.
Plates made of unbreakable melamine elevate the outdoor table. Their rich colors and unusual shapes give the impression of formal china, but without the worries.
The faintest tinge of pink adorns fat hydrangea blossoms, which makes a luscious combination with pink and apricot roses. For a low-cost alternative, substitute carnations for the roses.
A cool summer menu features goat cheese truffles, fruit kabobs with a yogurt dip, and smoked salmon appetizers. Choose foods that can be served cold and that won’t disintegrate in the heat.
Sugar cookies cut freehand in the same shape as the invitation serve as dessert or a take-home favor.
By Lydia Somerville, Senior Editor
Styling by Virgina Cravens