Entertaining Essentials for Sweat-Free Summer Gatherings

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Source: Camille Styles

Sometimes the best summer gatherings are the spontaneous ones. And even when it’s a scorcher outside, you can keep your cool during an impromptu hosting opportunity as long as you keep a supply of entertaining essentials. Here is a list we compiled of all the items you need to enjoy spontaneous and sweat-free entertaining this summer.

Unbreakable glassware: This one is a must if you plan to do most of your summer entertaining outdoors! Nothing can break up a good time like broken glass. Invest in some acrylic glassware.

A collection of containers: We love Interior Collective’s advice: “Keep a cache of containers on hand.” Simple and chic containers like mason jars and hurricane vases can hold everything from fruits and flowers to candles and even silverware to make serving and decorating easy.

Beverage butlers: Whether you’re entertaining alfresco or you’re escaping the summer sun indoors, make sure you have a handy tray, tub or beverage cart to chill and serve several drinks at a time.

Splashes of color: This may sound a bit broad, but the idea here is to remind you that pops of summery color can come from anywhere. Whether it’s a fun set of place mats and cloth napkins or flowers freshly cut from your own yard, a splash of seasonal color can set the perfect tone for a summer get-together.

Ambiance lighting: Stock up on tea lights, candles and some string lights or lanterns. Nothing sets a summer scene better than some flickering candles or twinkling lights.

Cheese, fruit and nuts: As Sandy reminds us in her guide, 30 Days of Summer Entertaining, you will always be prepared for an impromptu get-together when you keep your fridge and pantry stocked with cheese, fruit and nuts. They make for the perfect instant appetizer!


While we are famous for our gourmet cheese, fresh fruit and nuts here at Hickory Farms, our Italian Ice Cream Truffles are a summertime favorite, as well! So leave the dessert to us this summer, and serve up our special ice cream treats that come in 12 summer-inspired flavors from Apricot with White Chocolate Chips to Coconut with Almonds. To see the other flavors and to order your truffles today, visit our online store.

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