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The days are becoming longer and the weather is warming up. It’s time to plan all the summertime soiree’s y’all! I’ve teamed up with Fairview Garden Center and Boards & Bites by Kayte Fry, to show you how to create a vibrant citrus-hued summertime soiree. It is the perfect fresh inspirational palette for hosting your next event! I’ll be sharing how I curated the color palette, layers, food, and drinks, along with fresh, herby touches. I do hope you enjoy and find inspiration for your next summertime soiree!
(hint – Mother’s day is right around the corner!)
For me, I knew that I wanted the magenta Bougainvillea plant to be the main focal point of my vibrant citrus-hued soiree. From there, I built out the color palette with complementary green, blue, orange, and yellow citrus hues. It is vibrant, warm, and inviting. With a neutral table, it is easy to add fun pops of color. Of course, my green accents came from fresh limes and a deliciously scented pineapple mint plant that I found at Fairview (it really does smell like a pineapple!). Blue is my anchoring color and I almost consider it a neutral in our home. The Pottery Barn table runner created the perfect backdrop for the green, pink, and citrus hues.
The next thing to do is determine what layers you want to include. Since this is a charcuterie-based summertime soiree, minimal utensils are needed. Just a simple fork will do – I chose to use my family heirloom silver for a delicate touch. For plates, I selected a salad-size china plate. It has a beautiful pinky-blue dogwood flower bouquet with a gold rim – they were my grandmother’s. A simple chambray napkin from Pottery Barn, along with a braided natural placemat add warmth and texture to the tablescape. Light pink glassware with a beautiful beaded design makes serving drinks extra special. I used several small white glazed planters, that I found at Fairview, to elevate the herbs and make them feel special. They have such a beautiful selection of unique planters! Recycled glass votive holders bring simple glowing light to the soiree.
Easy hosting is the best. I am all about making something look effortless. And that is when I call up my friend, Kayte Fry, and order one of her delicious Boards & Bites party trays. She makes serving food easy and simple. I mean how gorgeous is this array of fruit, vegetables, meat, and cheese. Her flavors combinations make layering bites fun, and of course, your taste buds will enjoy the party too! We incorporated some of the herbs from Fairview into the charcuterie board and again, layered that guest experience right into the food. Kayte took my vibrant citrus-hued summertime soiree color scheme and created a mouth-watering, feast for your eyes. I just had to supply the drinks and decor! WOOHOO! I’ve linked Kayte’s information – if you’re local, be sure to remember her for your next event!
I know I’ve mentioned that I included herbs in the summertime soiree tablescape. I LOVE using living decor that can be repurposed after a party. Plants are a great way to do that. Herbs, specifically, make a great, edible party favor. We served up my favorite pineapple mint mojitos using the pineapple mint – it creates a sensory experience for guests as they can smell the herbs you are mixing up in drinks or dishes! Other fresh options include rosemary, thyme, oregano, other mints, and basil…to name a few! Fairview has so many great varieties of herbs and other small plants – be sure to check them out. Some of these little herb plants are soon going to make another appearance in my next project….*stay tuned*
Now that you’ve seen how I planned out this vibrant citrus-hued summertime soiree, it is time to savor the party! So light those candles, turn up some music, mix your charcuterie bites on a plate, and sip a refreshing cocktail.
Final host tip – put cocktail mixers in separate pitchers and serve the alcohol separately. That way kids, pregnant mommas, or your super healthy friends can enjoy the juice or mixer with club soda or flavored seltzer — sans the alcohol! ???? You can find my favorite pineapple mint mojito recipe here! I hope you enjoyed seeing my vibrant citrus-hued summertime soiree tablescape. If you enjoyed this tablescape let me know, it is always wonderful to hear from my readers!
This post is sponsored by Fairview Garden Center. All opinions are my own (honest!) thoughts. We have used their nurseries for our landscaping plants for years. They are family-owned and take great pride in their garden center! I hope you will shop locally if you are in the Raleigh/Cary/Holly Springs, North Carolina area. A big thank you to them for supporting my blog so I can continue to bring the best content possible to my readers!