If you’re going to be entertaining all summer long, here are some essentials from Crate & Barrel that can be “re-used, re-interpreted, and created” in order to maximize use and minimize spending. The Bianca Melamine Dinner Plate, Salad Plate, and Individual Bowl come in summer colors as well as white, which make them great for layering.
The dinnerware also comes in a citrus Melon Ball pattern, adding lots of color to your table.
These lolli candleholders can complement your melamine dinnerware and if you want, can serve more than one purpose. Whether you choose to put votives in them or some kind of dipping sauce, they will be a fabulous addition to the table.
The same thing goes for the Ona Vase in that it can be used in several ways for various occasions–a centerpiece with flowers or even as a salad dressing holder.
As for this acrylic pitcher with infuser, it’s wonderful for adding a little bit of a lemon or lime twist to your water.
You can see how I’ve used some of these pieces above–the layering and stacking of the melamine dinnerware in order to add height to the table, the pop of color coming from the candleholders as they are being used for dip as well as candles, the acrylic pitcher with lemon and cucumber slices and dill, and the ona vase for salad dressing.