Memorial Day is just around the corner — the perfect way to kick off summer entertaining! I’ve teamed up with 30A luxury party planner C.C. Boone to give you some ideas for a casual patriotic dinner celebration, complete with pieces you can use throughout the summer.
We incorporated some of my favorite items from some of my favorite brands — like Serena & Lily, Fig & Dove, and Honey & Hank, to name a few — to create a tablescape that’s inviting, timeless, and a perfect blend of color and natural textures. The best part is that you can recreate this whole setup at home, no beach backdrop necessary.
I love — simply love! — these Honey & Hank melamine plates for summertime entertaining. They’re perfect for eating outdoors, feel casual yet look elegant, and the pop of color just adds a special something to any tablescape. The plates above feature all to states but they have state specific designs too. See them all here! If you love the hydrangea design, they also have these Fifty State Hydrangea napkins which I love for hostess or housewarming gifts.
Speaking of napkins, these Fifty State leopard print napkins elevate your patriotic parties this summer! You can use them for every summer soiree you host, from Memorial Day to July Fourth and beyond. They come in several different colorways, too.
These scalloped melamine serving trays have been a summertime staple of mine for a while now, and for good reason. They’re sturdy and elegant, and I love how the scalloped edges give them the appearance of shells. Perfect for pool and beach season!
This lemon tart made by Elisabeth & Butter is delicious, a breeze to make, and a total crowd pleaser. Not to mention beautiful! We’ll be sharing her recipe soon!
And it wouldn’t be a summer soiree without some of my favorite Serena & Lily pieces! These seagrass-wrapped glasses are my go-to these days; I love how they feel a touch more special than regular glassware. They’re available in two different sizes — it would be so fun to pair them together at each place setting, or mix and match! I think the glasses really tied everything together so perfectly.
Doesn’t this make you want to pack your bags and spend a week on 30A?! CC.Boone creates the most amazing experiences for people traveling to 30A. From elegant dinner parties to beach bonfires (like the one they created for us!), from grazing boards to yoga workshops, they’ll work with you to create an experience that’s memorable and beautiful.
And if you want more details about what to do when you’re in 30A, be sure to read our 30A Travel Guide!
Photos: Brenna Kneiss