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Jess Levin's website Carats & Cake is a premier network representing the very best in the wedding industry. Not only is she a tech entrepreneur, but Levin is also the quintessential hostess. Featured as an expert in noteworthy media outlets, Levin is quickly becoming a go-to tastemaker with her entertaining and guest etiquette tips. Here she lends us a few key tips on easy hosting for new couples according to industry experts.
Moving into a new place or building a home together can be an adjustment for couples, especially when it comes to the way you entertain. With summer season being the ultimate time to celebrate, you may find yourself having to host last-minute gatherings—but don't let that worry you. Here's the scoop on the wedding industry's go-to tips for easy entertaining, regardless of what you have on hand. Read eight expert tips for entertaining guests at a moment’s notice.
"Keep it effortless. Decorative placements are an easy way to set a pretty table in seconds. Also, no one wants to iron a tablecloth in July," says Christine Traulich, founder and creative director of RedBliss Design.
"Get creative when it comes to cocktails! Offer your guests bright beverages with hints of seasonal fruit," says Lynn Easton, owner of Easton Events.
"Even in your own backyard, transport your guests somewhere exotic, like the French countryside!" advises Angela Margolis, co-founder of Sterling Social. "Create a fun but subtle theme, and all of the details will bring the setting to life."
"Embrace your beach strolling finds, says Denise Fasanello, owner and creative director of Denise Fasanello Flowers. "Place seashells and sea glass along the table as décor, and use simple reeds and beach grass in thin vases or bottles."
"Lay out bright quilts and throw blankets for guests to picnic on. Coordinate with colorful drinkware, plates, and comfortable pillows for an Instagram-worthy celebration," suggests event designer Michelle Edgemont.
A tip from Kristin Doggett, co-founder and creative director of Bellafare: "Layer summer fruits into your table design to create a fresh, unexpected aesthetic."
"Everyone loves lawn games at a summertime party—cornhole, bocce ball, and Wiffle ball are always huge hits!" says Laura Remmert, owner and lead designer of Laura Remmert Events.
"If you are entertaining children (and even if you aren't!), serve mini ice cream cones. Because of their size, they are gone in two bites and don't make a mess!" says Terri Eaves, owner of Bash.
What’s your go-to way to entertain in a pinch?