No need to get fancy. Here are some low-commitment life enhancers for entertaining indoors and out.
Above: Julie’s favorite Ikea discovery of late: The clear glass 365+ Pitcher with Cork Lid; $6.99. Another easy way to serve drinks: Sarah keeps a stash of clear-glass wine bottles on hand—”good-looking ones that I’ve recycled; I use them for water and cold beverages, shrubs being a current favorite.”
Above: The gauze-like Utility Napkin, $5 from Schoolhouse Electric, is handwoven by fair-trade artisans in India. We also like using Ikea’s red-striped Tekla Dish Towels—all cotton and 79 cents each—as napkins.
Above: Made of woven abaca fibers, Fishnet Placemat Sets from West Elm come in four colors (natural shown here); $12 for a set of two.
Above: All of us at Remodelista have collections of vintage ironstone platters in a range of sizes. “Ironstone isn’t expensive and lends a look of bleached shells to the table without being obvious,” says Justine. Source Ironstone on Etsy; this Ironstone Platter from Etsy seller Wild and Daisy is $28.
Above: A longstanding Remodelista favorite: the painter’s drop cloth as tablecloth (to soften the fabric, we suggest you launder it first). Ace Hardware offers heavyweight Canvas Drop Cloths in several sizes, ranging in price from $13.99 to $35.99. For more ideas, see the Hibiscus-Dyed Drop Cloth.
Above: Impossibly thin glass tumblers are another Remodelista staple for wine and water—and even though they look extremely fragile, they’re not. CB2 offers Marta Barware, a similar but differently proportioned “micro thin” collection, starting at $1.50 a glass. And Ikea’s 365+ Six-Ounce Glasses are $2.99 a six-pack. Find even more at 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses.
Above: Terrain’s Hammered Glass Citronella Candle is $16.
Help yourself, there’s plenty more:
- Steal This Look: Tiina’s Summer Tabletop Setting
- Currently Coveting: Ilse Crawford’s New Collection for Ikea
- DIY: Scented Candles to Repel Insects, Not Humans
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 23, 2015.