PLATES AND CRISP
WHITE ACCENTS OFFER
ELEGANCE AT HOME
OR AT THE COTTAGE.
PRODUCED BY CHRISTINE HANLON
Photography by Michael Alberstat. Gloster table, faux succulents, Fresh Home & Garden; plates, Rosanna; linens, glassware, Pottery Barn; flatware, Murval
Whether it’s a
barbecue in the backyard or a weekend by the
lake, summer entertaining should be as fun and
carefree for hosts as it is for the guests. To this
end, one seasonal must-have for both home and
cottage is a stylish set of mix-and-match plates,
which can be purchased either individually or
in handsome assorted boxed sets (handy for
transporting and ideal hostess gifts, too). For
alfresco settings that are as chic as they are
casual, combine the dinnerware with crisp
white linens and simple glass goblets.
Illuminate the table with tiny tealight candles
in translucent milk-glass holders, which offer a
lovely luminous effect.
For even more brightness on a nighttime
table, choose dazzling white flowers for
centerpieces and arrangements over darker, less
brilliant varieties. To cut down on trips
indoors, create a convenient portable bar by
outfitting a large, sturdy tray with favourite
cocktail fixings, including ice, garnishes and
snacks. Finally, establish an appropriately
mellow mood by loading a portable CD player
with smooth, silky tunes befitting the season.
— DANNY SINOPOLI