How was your weekend? Ours was equal parts work and relaxing, which is always my favorite kind of weekend. We had our pizza on Saturday instead of Friday, but it was a good one… weekends always go too quickly. Today’s post is one I photographed a few weeks ago, so we’re going to jump back in time! Last month, Emmett & I passed the fully vaccinated mark and the weather had just started to feel like spring here… you can probably guess what happened next. I was eager to hug friends and host a dinner party with a few of our favorite people for the first time this season! I was able to snag some beautiful things from Joss & Main’s Summer Edit for our tablescape. I wanted to share how it shaped up, along with some of my favorite entertaining picks for the summer season ahead. Click through to check it out!
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My plan was to keep the table really simple with just the essentials, but I also wanted to make a statement because this was the first time we used our patio for the season. Our Japanese maples at the front of our home had just sprouted their deep burgundy leaves for the season and needed trimming, so I created an asymmetric arrangement with the clippings! I really enjoyed playing with scale for this one. Isn’t that oversized woven vase incredible? This is the kind of outdoor dinner party drama I’m into…
I should have taken some images once the food and drinks were on the table, because I have to say, the red wine mimicked the color of the branches just perfectly and it was a beautiful scene! Of course I ended up setting the oversized woven vase on the ground next to the bar cart during dinner, so we could actually see each other and converse, but it made a fun statement centerpiece and things looked cohesive… neutral and woven tones, that deep merlot color, with hints of sea glass.
Joss & Main releases a seasonal edit four times a year and they just shared the Summer Edit– inspired by all the vacations we wish we were taking! I loved perusing and compiling my favorites. I noticed a lot of lighter bleached fabrics, rustic wood tones, woven textures, and organic materials. Everything definitely had a curated, lighter summertime feel. All of the pieces in the edit are designed to be mixed & matched, and the collection certainly feels cohesive to me!
A couple of my favorite things I ended up buying? A set of the recycled glass bowls… they’re heavy, come in three great sizes, the color is beautiful, and the three of them are practical for serving and styling. I also got a set of these neutral linen hemstitched napkins. They have a beautiful eyelet edge detail and would work well with any tablescape year round. They come as a set of 12, so I had plenty extra!
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I was worried I would forget how to be a good host, but my party tricks felt like second nature. Hah! It turns out my minimalistic tablescape was perfect, and all I needed were the basics- some easy votive candles, string lights, good music, great company & conversation, and some delicious food.
It felt really wonderful to host and I’m looking forward to many more gatherings in our backyard and patio this year! We have more friends who have moved to our neighborhood over the past year, and our little circle keeps expanding. It’s fun to get together and catch up.
Do you enjoy these seasonal edits? A new one is released each season, so the next one will come in time for the fall months. Otherwise, they release new arrivals each month. Everything from the edit ships fast & free, so that’s another perk. I’ve really liked getting creative with this series, and I feel like we have so much to celebrate and plenty of catching up to do!
Have you been enjoying your outdoor living spaces this season? How about gathering with friends & family? It has been a busy season for us so far, but a fun one. Summertime in Utah is underrated (despite the heat that hits us in July & August)! I’m soaking up all of the patio nights under the twinkle lights that I can. I also have a full (updated) outdoor tour planned for you, where I’ll be sharing all of our outdoor spaces as they currently look… from the shed to the back patio. Keep an eye out for that next week!