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Spring Outdoor Dining

The ever hospitable Amanda Saiontz Gluck is known for the warm and inviting tone of her blog, Fashionable Hostess.  Amanda takes on the role of the chic, approachable friend to provide everything from decor tips to entertaining inspiration that her readers have grown so fond of. To welcome the new season, we asked Amanda to set an outdoor Spring table featuring pieces from our new Spring 2017 collection. Read on to see Amanda’s take on alfresco dining.

This post originally appeared on Fashionable Hostess

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When I think of a simply elegant outdoor tablescape, this display is exactly what comes to mind. Mixing neutrals with pops of blue, accents of golds, and just a bit of texture! I can see myself entertaining with this display well into the summer.

Starting with the place settings… I am in love with the texture of the Kim Seybert Jackson Placemats. They almost resemble sea shells with just a hint of gold! And then topped off with Kim Seybert Pom Pom Napkins that have amazing bright tassels in neon green and blue… I am obsessed! I paired these back to white Baroque dinner plates from World Market {which I actually use as everyday dinner plates in the Spring} and gold flatware from West Elm.



Then I am in love with these over-sized ginger jars {similar} packed with lush white, green, and blue blooms. Blue Hydrangeas, White Calla Lillys, White Tulips, and Bupleurum are a few of the flowers I chose… and because they are a bit wild, it doesn’t take too much arranging to make them look pretty… the messier the better! The key was to only have a few pops of blue.



Nothing pairs with sunshine quite like fresh watermelon, so today I wanted to whip up a delicious and refreshing watermelon cocktail to serve as a compliment to my Spring party and party menu! What I love about the cocktail is the natural sweetness which comes from the watermelon itself, and the hint of lime which comes from the fresh lime juice. Also a fab mocktail, it’s quite the crowd pleaser so I recommend making a pitcher worth to place on a bar cart. One note if you plan to serve outside, I recommend placing ice separate {ie. in an ice bucket} as not to water down the sweetness! Enjoy!

Watermelon Cooler Cocktail:

{Inspired by the cocktail I found on the website Toriavey.com, Below quantity is enough for one pitcher; approximately 4 drinks}

  • 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon, well chilled
  • fresh limes, juiced
  • 3/4 cup rum (optional for mocktail)
  • Optional – if you like it a bit sweeter, add Sugar (or your favorite sweetener) to taste
  • Fresh watermelon cubes, mint sprigs, and bamboo toothpicks for garnish

Place in a blender, blend until liquid, serve over ice.


Photos by Yesi of Simply Lively Photography


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