Now that you’re loaded up with new recipe ideas (and even more after Monday’s chat) it’s time to start planning the fun part of the party – the decorations!  I love the idea of simple, chic design that’s easy to set up and even easier to clean up.  I put together this little picture collage of ideas.


Dinner Party



 My top tips:

  • Keep the colors simple, red and blue are always great colors for day or night
  • Multi-purpose functionality; you can always use a fabulous drink dispenser and a basic simple table cloth can be used several times in multiple ways (saving you money!)
  • Lights and flowers are some of the cheapest and easiest ways to change the atmosphere without shelling out a lot of money.
  • For a day time party break up the area with a table for adult but a space for kids too, a blanket for a picnic setting and a few fun toys will keep your younger kids happy.
  • A fun and interesting serving tray is elegant and unique.
  • Don’t have enough matching dishes and don’t want to use paper plates – mix up your dishes!  Having a variety of plates adds an eclectic twist and interesting dimension.


I’ve got one more bonus recipe for you too – Crabby Olives

Here’s a healthy twist on a traditional crab salad.


  • Lindsay Black Colossal Pitted Olives
  • 1 can of lump crab meat
  • 1/2 lemon – juice only squeezed
  • 1/4 of a red pepper diced finely
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
Mix the crab meat with the lemon juice, red peppers and salt and pepper.  Use an olive stuffer to fill each olive with crab.  I placed them on a skewer for easier presentation and handling.  Super fast and easy appetizer!
What are some of your decorating tips for summer entertaining?
*Disclaimer:  I was compensated by Lindsay Olives to create these recipes and share these posts.  As always I do not endorse products that I do not believe in.  All recipes are my own creations for this post series.