As you all know, I am not one to enjoy the inescapable heat of summer. Instead, I choose to find joy in the season with celebrations and gatherings. These summer celebrations are the inspiration for our newest Entertain & Celebrate special issues!
Within the pages of this special issue we asked Katie Jacobs, author of So Much to Celebrate, to share some of her best-kept secrets for successful hosting. I’d love to share with you a few of her tips!
Q: What is your biggest advice to anyone wanting to throw a party for the first time?
A: Your guests will feed off your energy. If you are relaxed and having a good time, so will they! Try to prepare as much in advance as possible so once everyone arrives, you too can enjoy the party.
Q: What is your go-to dish for last-minute gatherings?
A: My refrigerator is always stocked with things to throw together in a charcuterie board. I love giant platters of amazing cheese with lots of goodies (meat, fruit, nuts, bread, and crackers) to go with it. There is something for everyone, and it’s a great way to encourage guests to mingle and chat. Best part? Assembling a stunning fruit and cheese platter requires absolutely no cooking.
Q: What advice would you give to those wanting to make the most of their space during the summertime?
A: Outdoor entertaining is all about ambiance. You don’t have to have a fancy outdoor living space to host a special gathering. Some Italian streetlights hung from a tree, candlelit lanterns, and/or a fire pit make for a relaxed evening under the stars. For a daytime event, I love using a bubble machine, bright-colored beach towels, and potted plants with pops of color.
Find our favorite summer menus, easy style tips, and Katie Jacobs’s full interview in our new Entertain & Celebrate Summer issue!
Most people are just happy to be among friends. Of course it’s nice to want everything to be perfect, but during the party (actually starting a good half hour before the guests arrive), it’s more important to be in the moment than to stress over details.
Has any date been chosen for the next women’s weekend?? My friends and I cannot wait for a repeat gathering. We had such a good time at those in the past.