For us in Georgia, summer has officially begun! While the weather has felt like Summer for a few weeks, we are officially out of school for the next two months and eager to enjoy long days and warm nights with our friends. This Memorial Day Weekend, I had a little backyard get-together with a few friends to kick off the start of summer vacation, and we spent the evening talking about camps, swim team, and play dates. Fortunately, Magnolia’s new Summer Collection for Target, designed by Hearth & Hand, is simply suitable for outdoor entertaining (and picnics!!).
Plates and cups made of enamelware, gingham accents, and wicker accents all scream Summer in the nicest manner imaginable. And, of course, they’re perfectly synchronized.
I decided to make a great buffet out of our potting bench. It was ideal for storing all of the small bowls and plates before the meal was served. For a party, I like to use unusual objects like these. As we ate at the table, the kids enjoyed taking out the picnic blanket and munching while on the grass. I’m rather enamored with the tassels on the blanket’s corners, as you know. Love. I’m looking forward to using it with the picnic basket for our local Concerts in the Park. It will be really simple to pack and transport.
We have a blackberry lemonade in the drink dispenser to keep the celebration Summer themed. I like how metal it is… One less thing to be concerned about breaking, which is especially important when children are involved. The same can be said about the adorable enamelware cups. The black rim contrasts with the white cup, giving it a contemporary air.
There are also these ticking stripe square appetizer plates to go with all of the gingham elements. They went well with our deserts.
While we sat back and relaxed, the kids had a blast using this well-designed kit from Hearth & Hand to convert our Bocce Court into a Croquet match. When not in use, the hand-held rack neatly stores everything and looks almost identical to a vintage one I saw last week while on vacation. The set’s high quality and attention to detail ensure that it will be utilized year after year.
The checks’ fun scale helps to keep the table interesting and non-match. And the color scheme could not be more appropriate for our patio.
This vintage-inspired wheeled cooler is one of my favorites. It’s the ideal size for a gathering, and the bottle opener and handles make it a must-have for any Summer soiree.
I’m really looking forward to spending some time in the sun with my girlfriend, hubby, and pals. It also doesn’t hurt to be able to celebrate in style!! Are you eager for the summer to begin?!