I designed the Mix’n Match’n Table to show how to bring color and eclectic taste together and make it work. It goes to show you that you don’t have to have a complete set of anything to entertain in style! dress up a simple white table cloth with a multi-colored sarong – it does double time as fashion for your table when it’s not on you! Not only does it bring fantastic color to the table, but it has great energy as well. It reminds me of being on the beach, and all that color will have your guests feeling like summer, and ready for something cool and crisp!
Now that you’ve got that great base of color, tone it down a bit with white melamine dinnerware, like these bowls and platter, that make the great color of the salads pop! Salads are the perfect choice for working with a palate because they can include so many beautiful, summery colored ingredients. Instead of creating one large salad, create mini salads. Guests can toss their own mixtures of the smaller salads and base ingredients to match their own taste. A special thanks to Deb Winston, food stylist, for setting these up.
In the spirit of being crisp and cool on a hot summer day, I created infusion restorative water. Impress your guests with this spa-like beverage which blends the flavors of cucumber, dill, and lemon to make a refreshing and hydrating summer beverage. Ditch the expensive flavored waters that come in bottles and make your own. The Infusion Pitcher makes this process as easy as it is fun!
Color your infusion with jumbo ice cubes filled with the same ingredients as the water itself. I used a Jumbo Ice Cube Tray, and filled it with thin slices of lemon, cucumber, and dill, creating pretty garnishes that aren’t hard to drink around because they’re frozen in place! Speaking of drinks, mix it up! Use acrylic wine glasses for the water, and serve the wine in a tapered tumbler – the perfect stemless wine glass! And for an extra splash of color, why not some citrus colored votive candle holders?
Using white melamine dinner and salad plates makes the color around it pop! But get playful with things like my table chameleon napkin rings and bright napkins that are matched to the utensils to pull it all together, creating the mixed and matched color scheme that is perfect for a summer party!