From Elsa Schiaparelli’s 1937 lobster dress to Lady Gaga’s iconic meat dress, food has long been a visual treasure trove for designers hungry for inspiration. Lately, fashion shows have been a smorgasbord of culinary-oriented clothing and accessories, with Moschino serving up fast-food styled dresses and Kate Spade models toting bags shaped like Chinese take-out containers.
You’ve got everything prepped and ready, and your home is a bastion of autumn décor, but what are you planning to serve your guests? Your magazine spread-worthy pumpkin and pinecone display notwithstanding, a party isn’t a party without some stomach-filling, sweet tooth-satisfying, and thirst-quenching treats. If you’re clueless about what to serve your famished guests, don’t lose heart. Preparing a satisfying and beautiful autumn feast is not as daunting as it sounds.
Whether we realize it or not, as guests, we all seem to follow the same rules to ensure the host of a party will welcome us back with open arms. For example, criticizing the choice of food and wine is a mortal sin at the dinner table, and arriving unannounced or with an unexpected companion is a definite no-go. But how about playing the part of a perfect party host?
Warm weather, bright colors, pool parties, and outdoor picnics –every good thing deserves a happy ending. As the sun slowly sets on summer, consider hosting a party to savor every exciting moment the season has to offer. Here are some tips and ideas to help you create a fun and memorable summer send-off party.