Midday Fix: Summer entertaining tips from Connie Pikulas

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Connie Pikulas

Connie’s Tips:

When setting a table, think about where your eye will focus – it is important to have different things at different heights to create a more exciting tablescape.

Using fashionable Cooling Sleeves on bottles, like the new Kim Crawford Cooling Sleeve, keeps wines at their optimal temperature and acts as a statement piece on the table – it is unusual and will spark conversation. It takes up less room than an ice bucket and is much more appropriate than “beer cozy” style wine sleeves

If you are planning a formal dinner, think about where guests will be seated and whether any centerpieces you’ve placed on the table will block people’s view of their dinner companions

Decorate with seasonal items – a summer spread is more festive when you have seasonal flowers, overflowing centerpiece bowls of fresh lemons and other brightly colored fruits and branches.

Stock up on refreshing whites for easy entertaining because it acts as a great aperitif and pairs well with light summer favorites.

When planning menus for summer entertaining, think about items that can be served hot or cold so that you, as the host, can be part of the fun too.

Rather than a formal 2-3 course meal, think about a number of smaller bites to serve allowing people to mix and match their plates

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