Entertaining with Style: Summer Decor

By The Chew Crew Jul 09, 2013

It’s no secret that Clinton loves sophisticated dinner parties, but when you get fancy with your friends, you don’t have to spend like a king.

You can dress up your table using items you can find right in your own home or backyard!

Terracotta Planter Serving Tray

To make this fun serving tray take 3 terracotta saucers – a large, a medium and a small.  Then grab 3 small terracotta flower pots of the same size.  Then stack pots between saucers with the saucers decreasing in size.  Use hot glue to secure the pots to the saucers.

This tray is perfect for hors d’oeuvres, breads, cheeses and fruits.

Once you have your tray ready to go the next thing to consider is setting the table. Clinton loves a natural-chic look integrating the outdoors inside.  A great way to achieve that is to integrate earth, wind, fire and water.

1. Earth
Choose a sheet that adds color and incorporates earth tones such as sea-foam green then look in backyard for a reclaimed piece of wood.  Place in the middle of table to act as a unique and a natural table runner.

After that, find an old organizational box, magazine box, or clementine box. Wrap the inside with burlap and use it to hold linen wrapped silverware.

Finally, you can bring in plants or herbs you have in your garden.  Wrap them in burlap and tie with twine or ribbon. This caan serve as beautiful tabletop decorations or a party favor for your guests.

2. Water
To get the feel of water Clinton suggests using wine bottles as water carafes.  Just remove labels from empty wine bottles to use as a carafe to hold water.

3. Fire
Rock candles are a great way to add a little fire to your table.  Find flat rocks or river rocks in your backyard and hot glue candles to them.

4. Wind
Add the wind element to the tablescape by bringing a wind chime from your garden to easily hang over the table with an “S hook” to showcase as a decorative centerpiece - OR – you can simply hang over a door.