Wednesday, June 11, 2014

white peonies and seagrass . . . easy Summer entertaining

My favorite seasons to use baskets when entertaining are Summer and Fall. 

They add a kind of charm to your table, whether you use traditional baskets for bread, dishes, or silverware  . . . or beautifully weaved chargers or glass caddies . . . they give a 'warm' welcome to any setting. 

I love using my seagrass chargers, vases, and baskets when entertaining during the Summer months.

Seagrass is usually a thicker, chunkier weave; and it's blonde color is beautiful paired with fresh Summer colors, like pinks, red, blues, and greens. Seagrass can easily be 'dressed up' or 'dressed down' . . . and that's one of the big reasons that I love bringing my pieces out during the Summer months. They'll fit just about any occasion.

For me, I like keeping our home casual through the Summer months. 

Casual entertaining and light menus mean I can spend more time with my family and friends, which is what celebrating Summer is all about, right!?

celebrating Summer in our home
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garden flowers in bud vases
casual linens
cool colors ~ blues & greens
berries! berries! berries!
Summer vegetable frittatas
light & flavorful pasta dishes
family style meals
fresh lemonades
garden tomatoes
and backyard picnics!
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LET'S STAY in touch!


  1. Simply beautiful! Your lucky, lucky summer guests ;)

  2. Your photographs are gorgeous! Do you mind telling what kind of camera you are using? I'm looking at upgrading, so I'm just asking around. Thanks!

  3. Beyond beautiful photos, as always.

  4. Gorgeous photos, Suzanne! You've made simple items so elegant!!

  5. Beautiful entertaining tips!! I never entertained anyone at my home. I rather be a guest of other's party, particularly someone who can set up such beautiful party foods and decor like you:) Have a great weekends.

  6. Absolutely stunning, Suazanne! I love your styling! And all the beauty you put together!

  7. Your flowers are breathtaking.


  8. Everything looks so beautiful! I love it all...thanks for sharing!

  9. I love the freshness of summer, and these photos are bright and breezy. Absolutely delightful!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning

  10. You take such great pictures. I love peonies...they are one of my favorites. If I could, I would decorate my whole house with them. I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party at IT'S A ginger SNAP

  11. What a beautiful summery post Suzanne! I love the peonies and roses and all the delectable delights you teased us with, too!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us at Project Inspire{d}!

  12. Such a stunning post! I was blessed to stop by...thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

  13. These photos are gorgeous, Suzanne! What a beautiful set up for a summer gathering.

  14. I like light meals for summer too Suzanne. The pasta with asparagus and yellow squash looks simply divine! The gorgeous Peonies add a wonderful touch. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  15. Anonymous2:04 PM

    Peonies are one of my favourite flowers, beautiful photos. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

  16. Absolutely stunning....I love WHAT you take pictures of,.... and HOW you take pictures!!!

  17. Your photos are stunning and are inspirational. They make me want to cook and to garden. Love, love, love the simplicity of the peony photos.

  18. Beautiful peonies. I can't grow them here, but I love to see them. Thanks,for sharing your tips at WhYd You Do this Weekend. I hope you have a great week and a wonderful 4th.


  19. You did a great job of documenting all the different textures. Thank you for sharing.

  20. FABULOUS! Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for linking up at Wonderful Wed Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow


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