Styling an August Appetizer Party

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Styling and August Appetizer Party- www.gildedbloom.com

Creating a memorable table for an informal occasion is very easy to do by using a basic floral centerpiece,  a few meaningful touches in the table setting, and a tray of starters.   These tips will help keep it simple while still making it special for your guests.

Last week we had friends over for wine and appetizers.  To set a casual table for four I used a rustic mix of melamine plates and textural linens in warm spicy colors with amber goblets.

Styling and August Appetizer Party- www.gildedbloom.com

For an inviting centerpiece only one kind of flower was presented in multiple vases.  This floral styling technique is much less complicated than creating a mixed arrangement!  Varied vases were filled with coral Peruvian lily blooms and displayed on a circular embossed tray which matched the plates.  Peruvian lilies are a colorful variety that last for nearly 10 days with proper care.  In fact, they are still alive and well as I write this post!

Styling and August Appetizer Party- www.gildedbloom.com

Also, it is fun to include a few elements in the table decor that are meaningful and spark conversation.  These napkin rings were made by Jes MaHarry who is a featured artist at Sundance. We visited Sundance Resort in Utah a few summers ago and this post recalls our trip.  I will always remember taking a class at the Art Shack and all of the creativity and beauty there.  The napkins are from the General Store at the resort and have a rich mix of cinnamon and amber hues on weathered muslin fabric. They remind me so much of Utah...

Styling and August Appetizer Party- www.gildedbloom.com

Finally, the most important part of creating a memorable event is to keep the food uncomplicated so that you can enjoy your guests.   I chose to present all the appetizers on the large tray placed on a turntable for simple serving.  These appetizers were easy to prepare beforehand so I could join the party!

Styling and August Appetizer Party- www.gildedbloom.com

I hope you will consider styling and hosting an appetizer party of your own.  It such an easy and fun way to entertain good friends at home.

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