al frescoDoes a glass of wine and a great supper with friends on a beautiful summer night sounds like heaven? We can’t think of anything better! Check out our picks for Al Fresco entertaining!

Pictured above, top row, from left:

main_item_julia-b-custom-linens-on-taigan-raffia-placematThese raffia placemats from Julia B. are perfect for casual dining. They come in a fun, bright colors and are super easy to clean up.


The word “incanto” is Italian for enchantment, or charm. What a fitting name for plates to use on a midsummer night under the stars!


The Gioia bowl is perfect for a big salad or you can sprinkle a few of these luminescent gems on your table for a lovely centerpiece. Rich symbolic patterns of abundance and plenty add style to any home.


Make sure your drink is always cold with the help of the Nantucket ice bucket.

Second row, from left:


These Garden Salad Servers add a touch of whimsy to any meal. Toss up your favorite salad and serve away!



We love the colors and pattern on this Les Jacquard Francais tea towel. It would be perfect to wrap up a loaf of bread or clean up the occasional spill.


This faux-bamboo flatware is an old favorite. We love the timeless design and it really does go with everything.


Serve up some gazpacho or chilled squash soup in these delightful Etoile soup bowls by Astier de Villatte. What could be more charming than stars under the stars?



About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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