Lavender: How To Infuse your Summer Party with the Season's Trendiest Color

There’s a few things I’ve learned in life: always throw salt over your shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for good luck, and fall in love whenever you can.

While “Ultra Violet,” a bold royal purple, is Pantone’s Color of the Year, soft lavender is the shade that is ruling the runways and pulling at our heartstrings this summer.

Spring and summer fashion shows were practically roving lilac fields. Tom Ford, Proenza Schouler, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, and Victoria Beckham are just a few designers and houses who dreamed up pale purple looks—and who could hold the hue against them. Lavender represents refinement and luxury, and a lilac bouquet symbolizes devotion or luck.

Beloved since the Romans and Greeks, the shade evokes the beauty and melancholy of the season: languid nights lit by the crescent of a lavender moon, wisteria climbing up walls, and freshly cut hydrandeas in vases on the patio dining table.

Pair this elegant shade with creamy whites, cool greys, and touches of gold, and use the products and palette below to create a summer entertaining tableau that’s as refined as it is of the moment.

Lavender: How To Infuse your Summer Party with the Season's Trendiest ColorRosenthal Meets Versace Le Grand Divertissement Dinnerware

Lavender: How To Infuse your Summer Party with the Season's Trendiest Color

Ester & Erick Taper Candles

Lavender: How To Infuse your Summer Party with the Season's Trendiest ColorFiligree Table Linens by Gayle Warwick

Lavender: How To Infuse your Summer Party with the Season's Trendiest Color

Verdure Highball by Artel

Lavender: How To Infuse your Summer Party with the Season's Trendiest Color

Le Creuset Cake Stand

Lavender: How To Infuse your Summer Party with the Season's Trendiest Color

Joseph Williams Candy Rocks Napkin Ring

Lavender: How To Infuse your Summer Party with the Season's Trendiest Color

Lavender from Williams Sonoma

Lavender: How To Infuse your Summer Party with the Season's Trendiest Color

Set of Four Isola Champagne Flutes

Lavender: How To Infuse your Summer Party with the Season's Trendiest Color

Antique French Ironstone Pitcher Circa 1860

Jonathan Adler Powder Room Candle

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