Nine Secrets To Throwing a Stylish Summer Soirée

Sponsored by La Crema

Summer's the prime season for at-home entertaining. After all, what better excuse is there to showcase your own sense of style? Whether it’s an impromptu takeout dinner party after work or a chic celebration featuring a gourmet menu, hosting an event in your home has the potential to be incredibly festive—and fun!

To make your next party a snap, we’ve put together a bit of a cheat sheet, turning to a few fashionable bloggers to tap their entertaining expertise. This three-part series will address everything from which frock to rock to how to dress your table and what to serve your guests.

Each blogger has a unique aesthetic and myriad tips for incorporating your own personal style into your next event. We’ve given each girl the go-ahead to plan a summer party her way—and we’ve helped her out by sending her a case of the good stuff: a crisp new Pinot Gris by La Crema winery. Hailed as pairing nicely with hammocks, sandals and playing hooky on a warm day, it’s the ultimate accompaniment to an alfresco fête, however you choose to style it.

Last but not least, Julie Engel of Gal meets Glam believes that every gal can add a little glam to her life with small things to make her day a bit more special.


Party Prep

"I’ve always described my style as classic and feminine, which is reflected in both my style and at-home entertaining. I love adding bright colors and playful patterns like the beautiful citrus colors in my blazer."

Perfect Party Dress

"A LWD (little white dress) like this one with the crochet pattern with a pop of color is my perfect look for a summer dinner party."

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

"I chose to host a light and easy summer dinner consisting of pesto pasta served with refreshing summer wine, La Crema Pinot Gris. The fruit-forward taste of La Crema Pinot Gris is the perfect summer beverage."

Bright Night

"I planned a casual summer night in with some of my best girlfriends so that we could relax, eat good food and drink delicious wine. I want my guests to love the look of the table as well as the meal so I added whimsical and playful patterns to the table."

Comfy & Cute

"Serving a meal in heels can be tricky but these ultra-comfy Vince sandals are a must."

Blazing Hot

"Whether I’m running around town for meetings, having the girls over for drinks or heading to date night with my husband, I want my outfit to be effortless, fresh and bright. I added this bright floral blazer keeps my dress from looking too casual."

Casual Feminine

"At the end of the night, the blazer comes off for a more casual, comfortable look."

Finishing Touches

"Finishing touches are essential for a dinner party as well as an outfit! These Samantha Wills earrings complement the blazer and add a personal touch."

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