When it comes to summer entertaining, I'm a simple kind of girl. String a few lanterns, light a few candles...serve simple, delicious, fresh food, and let the wine do the rest. Laid-back entertaining is even more of a snap when you have an ample supply of chic containers on hand. To be used in an endless variety of ways, and cheap enough to stock up on (The options below range from .79 to $40, most in the $5 range), these will last you many summers to come. Where do you find such a stellar deal to stock your entertaining arsenal?......The online bucket outlet of course! www.bucket-outlet.com
This most basic of options ($3.49) could be used for flower arrangements on tables, hung from tree branches brimming with flowers or lights, or filled on the bottom with cardboard or stones, covered, and used to serve appetizers.
Tall and sleek, the color of this would dance in the candlelight.
Big enough for drinks, or a fun place to stash extra flip flops or blankets for that post dinner chill
Miniature in size ( about 1/2 as tall as a soda can and just .79), chilled soups or small appetizers could be lined up on a picnic table for interesting presentation.
Self-explanatory in purpose, but don't limit these to just beverages and flowers. If your soiree involves children, why not set up a few filled with sand or small rocks and hide some treasures and treats in to keep them occupied.
Sleek and shiny, fill this with mini bottles of champagne and place strategically around your seating area for a party that doesn't end.