Elizabeth Taylor

Hello, gorgeous!

Howdy, spring. After that cold and snowy winter, we couldn’t be more happy to see you. And, of course, we’re feeling particularly breezy and cheerful when we think about the many spring parties that are abloom. Planning your own springtime soirée? Let’s dish. Here are the top 10 spring entertaining trends:

Juliska Field of Flowers Party Plates

Flower Power: Bold floral prints are a big fashion trend for spring, and they’ll be blooming on our tabletops, too. Look for patterns from Juliska, Villeroy & Boch and Prouna.

Villeroy & Boch Boston Goblets

Pastel Glass:  Glassware in springy shades of blue, green and yellow will find their way onto spring tabletops as a counterbalance to the bold, floral patterns on spring’s plates and service pieces. Villeroy & Boch’s Boston Collection is a favorite as are the outdoor-safe acrylic collections from Kate Spade and Pier One Imports.

August Morgan Sun Cocktail Napkins

Sun WorshippingSunburst patterns on linens and golden-toned flatware from Anthropologie, Sambonet and Juliska embrace the warmth of the season after the long, cold winter of 2015.

Emily Thompson Flowers

Flowers by Emily Thompson

Flower Picking:  With floral motifs dominating our dinnerware, centerpieces will be simplified with one type of flower highlighted. According to Emily Thompson, a New York-based florist who has created arrangements for the White House, “Spring will bring spare, sculptural arrangements that are concerned with exciting textures.”

Izola Stainless Steel Flask

Creative Cocktailing: Signature cocktails will continue to take center stage at parties this spring, but the real signature will be in how they’re served: in mini-flasks, milk bottles and other unique containers that can double as party favors.

Vermouth Cobbler

Vermouth Cobblers are a bit like grown up wine spritzers

Vermouth VibesAs a follow-up to last year’s Campari trend,  vermouth, an aromatized, fortified wine, will take center stage in cocktails like the refreshing Vermouth Cobbler. You’ll even find it on tap at restaurants around the country like The Alembic in San Francisco and Amor y Amargo in New York City.

Fermob USA Luxembourg Bar Cart

Open Bars: Brightly-hued and festive outdoor bar trolleys that do double duty as serve-yourself giggle water stations will be used to anchor outdoor entertaining spaces. We love the sunny version from Fermob USA as well as the white wicker cart from Pier One Imports and the Chinoiserie-style trolley from Neiman Marcus. All are outdoor safe.

Terrain Bocce Ball Set

Sun and Games: Because we were cooped up all winter, spring parties will center on outdoor entertaining and classic yard fun like badminton, boules-type games and alfresco movie nights. The more nostalgic the activity, the better.

dandelion greens

Try serving a classic French dandelion salad at your next spring dinner party 

Bitter is Better: Kale kicked off a palate revolution when Bon Appetit named it the food of the year in 2012. Bitter flavors will continue to rise in popularity with party foods that feature ingredients like dandelion greens, escarole, coffee grounds and unsweetened chocolate.

Black Olive Madeleines

Black olive madeleines and saffron ice cream exemplify the season’s savory dessert trend

Savory Sweets: This spring, even our desserts will be decidedly less sugary with spicy and salty ingredients like black pepper and black licorice being highlighted.

Yum. We feel a springtime party coming on.

Intro photo: Elizabeth Taylor
Intro quote: Funny Girl, 1968

Photo credits: Yummly, Vogue and Conde Nast Traveler

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