4 steps to : summer entertaining

4 steps to : summer entertaining

When it comes to summer entertaining, we’re all about ease. However, with some simple styling tricks, those in the know can create a setting worth writing home about, turning any occasion into something pretty special.

1. Loosen up

A little layering is all it takes to create interest on the tabletop. Start with a linen tablecloth, then add rattan placemats as a textural contrast. Mix and match your ceramics to keep the look casual, and do the same with your napkins; try knotting and draping them over your place settings.

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2. Make edible art

At this time  of year, tropical fruit forms an interesting – and tasty – centerpiece. Arrange melons, pineapples and coconuts on marble platters and wooden boards. We used an upturned acacia-wood bowl topped with a board in the same timber to create a stand that adds height to our arrangement. Dot smaller fruit such as limes or grapes around to fill the gaps, and use other natural accents (such as shells) for effect as well.

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3. Stay put

Rather than heading out for the usual café catch-up, have your friends over for breakfast. Dishes you can prepare ahead of time, such as overnight oats, are ideal for keeping you out of the kitchen when your guests arrive. Pick up some locally roasted coffee to brew, and you’re sorted for brunch without the queue.

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4. Go low

For an ultra-laid-back afternoon of chatting and snacking, take coffee tables and ottomans outside  and surround them with cushions and throws. Load up a platter with bliss balls, nuts, medjool dates and other dried fruit, and use shaped cookie cutters to make your sliced fruit fun. Caramelised pineapple skewers are also easy to prepare – simply dip long wedges of skewered pineapple in a little coconut sugar and grill on the barbecue. Serve with sweet dukkah and fresh lime juice and zest. 

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