Throw a Dinner Party, Seven Hopes Style!

outdoordinnerpartyWho’s ready for summer nights filled with food, fun and friends? I am! The days are getting longer and the evenings are getting warmer, which are perfect conditions for the first outdoor dinner party of the season. I love having friends over for a casual meal, and setting the perfect “tablescape” is half the fun. A fair-trade-inspired table is a happy, bright, table! Here are some of my favorite Seven Hopes picks for your next soiree:
Dinner Party 11. Franjpani Floral Trays: These gorgeous, lightweight trays are available in three vibrant colors and are hand painted by fair trade artisans in Kashmir. Great for a fruit or veggie display (or if you’re more like me, you might skip the healthy stuff and load it up with cheesy appetizers. It is a party, after all.)

2. Teal Capiz Bowl: Hand crafted in Bali, this beautiful bowl can serve as the centerpiece of the table. I love serving a simple caesar salad for outdoor meals (it pairs great with steaks on the grill!) and this bowl is perfect for salad.

3. Wild Olivewood Salad Claws: And of course, where would a salad bowl be without salad tongs? Or in this case, claws! These unique servers are made in Kenya out of wild olive wood with bone inlay.

4. Palm Citrus Placemats: These cheery placemats are woven from Lontar palm fronds in a traditional village workshop in Bali and have a casual feel that’s perfect for outdoor festivities.

5. Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board: A beautifully rustic surface for serving cheeses & hors d’oeuvres. The slate used is hand picked from a family quarry in upstate New York and will add a little flair to your table.

6. Blown Glass Pitcher: This confetti pitcher is made from recycled glass, Javier and Efren and would be a beautiful addition to the drinks station!

7. Gingko Orange Napkins: Made in Indonesia, these bright napkins will complete the tablescape with a splash of color and style.

Are you having any outdoor dinner parties this season? What’s your favorite food to serve? Don’t forget the sangria!



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