I was in Pottery Barn recently and they had so many cute things out for Summer.  I love this time of the year for entertaining outside, until it gets 110 degrees, then not so much.   Here are my three things you need to host a fab party this season…
First, a good cocktail book.  I picked up this fun one as a wedding gift for a co-worker.

Punch Parties by Ben Reed shares all sorts of drink ideas.  Whether it’s a cool Cosmopolitan Punch, a sophisticated Sangria Blanco or a tangy Mojito, there is nothing like a beautifully prepared drink to add flavor and festivity to any social occasion – or to provide a reason to celebrate!   And with a large selection of non-alcoholic refreshers and tasty light bites to serve alongside, award-winning mixologist Ben Reed has created the perfect guide to hosting a truly unforgettable occasion.

Second, you need a stylish dispenser for serving the drinks.  They are everywhere in retail right now.  I have four in my party pantry.  Line them all up on a serving table with lemonade, iced tea, sangria and margaritas.  Something for everyone.

Last, I love these chalk board tags from Pottery Barn

Don’t just use them for dispensers (which is how they’re marketed at PB), use them to label your cheeses on a cheese board, hang on your front door to let your guests know the party is around back, or hang on a wine bottle with a sentiment as a hostess gift.  The possibilities are endless.

One day soon I will show you my own party pantry and the essentials every good hostess should have on hand.  Cheers!