I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Cooking is a form of therapy for me, and while I’ll go to great lengths to avoid cutting corners because most of the time the effort pays off in the form of taste, there are moments when the effort doesn’t reap rewards. As we head toward the end of summer, I’m reminded to stop and enjoy the lingering sunlight and balmy temps. Our little 12 month-old is a summer baby through and through and while I prefer winter, I’ll happily embrace summer just to see his face light up as he plays in the grass. This means more time outdoors and less time hovering over a mixing bowl.
We recently worked on a content project with a tea company who was looking for really lovely outdoor entertaining imagery. We really went for it with the ambiance, which meant pulling back on the food and doing the entire picnic with store-bought ingredients. I loved these images so much, I thought it would be great to pull together an entertaining post inspired by the way I entertain at home!
Here’s how to pull together an elegant backyard picnic without turning on your stove:
All in all, if you buy quality ingredients and make a few decorating and food pairing decisions that make an impact, you’re able to throw together a beautiful, last-minute outdoor feast that makes for a lovely way to spend a summer night.
Simple Life Ebru Salad Plate • Simple Life • $58
Barneys New York Linen Napkin • Barneys New York • $36
Juliska Iberian Indigo Side/Cocktail Plate • Juliska • $24
Kim Seybert Congo Napkin • Kim Seybert • $19
Hotel Collection Gold Flatware 20 Piece Set, Only at Macy’s, Service for 4 • Hotel Collection • $171
Prouna Marble Dinner Plate • $40
Gilded Floral Shot Glasses • $65
La Fete Highballs, 4-Piece Set • $75
Diamond Turkish Towel • $55
Beach & Bath Linen Towel • $65
Spode Dinnerware, Blue Italian English Bread and Butter Plate • Spode • $29
Juliska Wanderlust Stripe Indigo Dessert/Salad Plate • Juliska • $38
Images by 2ndTruth
BY Kate Arends - August 18, 2017
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
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