Emma’s editor-in-chief throws a pool party complete with everything from watermelons to wine. She shows us that effortless entertaining is where it’s at. And with a few simple tips you can throw your own stress-free summer soirée.
Decor: A large outdoor rug like this one from Rugs USA brings in color while creating a living room like setting outdoors. On the table, keep things bright and costs down by making a fruit print runner using the potato art method from Emma’s summer issue. Letter towel hooks make both a fun and functional touch, giving guests a spot to hang wet towels. Finally, if there are littles joining the party, give them a place to play (and a break from the sun) with this darling tent from Tip Top Tee Pee Shop.
Food: Keep it light! From popcorn to fresh fruit, a variety of snack food is an easy way to go. Toss some cherries in cupcake liners. Not only does it look darling but is also perfect for discarding the pits. Play into the watermelon theme by filling a hollowed-out melon half with jello. Once hardened, slice it the way you would for an actual watermelon. It adds a playful and unexpected element to the mix.
Drinks: Infused water adds a refreshing spin on the norm. Fill a pitcher with ice water and add sliced lemons and a few mint leaves. For those that drink, repurpose a garden tub by filling it with ice and adding your favorite white wine and rosé. Cheers!
Favors: Send friends home with a batch of homemade cookies packaged in a mason jar. A welcome treat after a full day spent by the pool.
Photography by Sara Nevels.