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Life & Travel 05 Jul 2016

Summer Inspiration: Poolside Extravagance

This summer is all about decadence and lavish entertaining and I love it! Outdoor meals no longer need to be a matter of simplicity; let’s embrace their potential for stunning visuals and delicious displays. Have the ladies over for a beautiful lunch, host a swanky evening cocktail party, or set up a dramatic dinner table laden with extravagant details. Here are some of my favorite summer inspirations!


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Overstuffed Tables & Jewels

The more the merrier this summer. The combination of a relaxed and easy poolside meal with a decadent tabletop display makes for a really memorable experience! The easiest way to spoil your guests is with tabletops teaming with tasteful abundance. Jewel encrusted ice buckets, fabulous flowers, twinkling candles & outdoor chandeliers… this is the season to really go for it! 



Bright Summer Bouquets

Summer brings a variety of bright flowers & greenery and this is the perfect way to adorn your table. Try mixing up the way you present your florals: you don’t have to stick to just one vase in the center of the table! A large, low arrangement in the middle of the table is easy to talk over… couple it with some tiny vases filled with individual stems peppered around the table and you have the perfect combo!



Playful Pastels & Prints

Summer is the easiest time to embrace your playful side! Try pairing bright, beautiful pastels with floral prints for a striking summery tablescape. You can make your display more grounded with a black or grey napkin & placemat if you don’t want to be too twee! I am loving slightly unusual color combinations – lilac with reds and pinks, pale blues with crisp mint, nectarine and dark purples… be unique!



Decadent Details

Heaping bowls of lemons, tiny crystal vases, tassel napkin rings, jeweled placemats… this summer is all about attention to detail! Adding some unusual visual elements is the perfect way to achieve the summer abundance that defines this season!




Happy Summer!

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Pandora’s Addictions: Overly high heels, cooking for her husband Jason, strong coffee, taking beautiful photographs, curling up with a book (every day of the week), playing the piano, Notre Dame football, The Rolling Stones, English tea, wizards, puppies, singing any Broadway song, Cadbury’s chocolate, French wine. View All of Pandora's Articles



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