Tips for Easy Summer Entertaining
- Forget chairs. People like to stand when they're mingling. When it's time to eat, set up low tables so people can relax on blankets in the sand.
- Consider the wind. Choose sturdy, shatter-resistant tableware in substantial plastic, tin, or melamine.
- Go for pretty and practical. Make sure centerpieces are heavy enough to keep your tablecloths in place.
- Get creative with serving dishes. Kingsley uses newspaper or linens right on the table if she doesn't have a large enough platter for foods like boiled crab.
- Avoid fork-and-knife foods, especially when people are eating picnic style.
- Prepare items that taste just as delicious at room temperature as they do piping hot or ice-cold.
- Ask for help. Always have friends get involved—it's more fun for everyone.