Outdoor Entertaining | Harvest Party

LAST UPDATED: May 05, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Aug 07, 2013 | By:
A set table with wine and pink flowers in a mason jar vase.
We entertain a lot differently than we used to – and to be honest, I think it’s so much better! I used to prepare a lot of 3-4 course meals that took a week of preparation, and another week of cleanup. Now, with three children, we host impromptu get togethers, almost always after the girls retire. I find that when you feel easy, so do your guests! Nothing is easier than a little wine, cheese and seasonal appetizers.
A close up of pink flowers in a mason jar vase.
It may be August, but with kids returning to school and cooler evening temperatures, it feels like Fall. That’s why I gravitated toward these colorful mums.
Pink flowers in a mason jar vase.
I placed them in glass milk bottles I have yet to return for the deposit.
A set table with wine and pink flowers in a mason jar vase.
A canvas painter’s drop cloth is my favorite “table cloth.” I’ve had this one for years. I don’t feel the need to press it like my more formal table cloths, and I don’t fret when there’s a spill.
Bread appetizers on a white plate with candles in the background.
For an evening get together, I like to provide a few easy things for guests to nosh on, like these fig, caramelized onion and goat cheese crostinis. Seasonal and delectable.
Bread appetizers on a white plate with candles in the background.
Candles always add ambience, but are especially perfect for an outdoor evening. I have a tray of candles in our living room that are easily moved from one location to another.
Seasoned tomato appetizers on a white plate with candles in the background.
One of the easiest appetizers are tomatoes pulled right from the vine, drizzled with balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Cheese on a wooden platter with grapes in a white bowl in the background.
I always love great cheese, grapes and berries served with crackers and baguette as well.
A set table with pink flowers in a mason jar vase.
Rather than host on the patio, sometimes I like to bring a table into the yard, to truly enjoy the great outdoors {and our wildflower garden}.
A set table with pink flowers in a mason jar vase. A bowl of grapes to the left.
and a few more photos because I couldn’t resist sharing more!
A set table with wine behind a white plate with a bread appetizer.
A mason jar vase of pink flowers on a set table, a plate of tomatoes to the left.
A mason jar vase of pink flowers on a set table.
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