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It was a mere 55 degrees when I walked the dog this morning, and fall was in the air even though there are still a few weeks left of summer. This past weekend, we hosted my closest friends and their families for a late-summer potluck brunch filled with tasty treats and water gun fights. These are lifelong friends who are basically family, and although we always keep our gatherings casual, I added a few minimal touches to bring in some late summer color.
Plate Shoppe creates unique melamine platters and plates in vibrate hues inspired by creator Gail Sarasohn’s love for flowers, travel, and fashion. Gail sent me the pink and orange Byzantine Platter and it was the perfect inspiration for a late summer color scheme for my brunch party. I love entertaining with melamine because it’s so durable, which is important when you have kids (or even grownups, considering that I broke a porcelain plate this morning!).
When we host guests, I like to create a little coffee station near the coffee machine. I set up six of our basic white mugs on the platter to keep the countertop looking tidy, but the 14″x10″ platter is perfect for a simple every-day breakfast as well.
Inspired by the platter’s rich, bright colors, I picked up a $10 bouquet at Trader Joe’s filled with vibrant orange flowers. After trimming several inches off the stems, I popped them in a vase that I decorated in less than 5 minutes (about 5 minutes before my guests arrived). A little wide ribbon secured with double-sided tape, topped with jute twine wrapped around a few times and tied with a bow, is an insanely easy way to make basic decor a little more special.
Plate Shoppe offers a variety of colorful collections of melamine platters, dinner plates, and side plates. Although temperatures are dropping, these outdoor-friendly serving pieces work well indoors! Sure, you can put food on them, but here are a few other ideas as well:
- Use them as a jumping-off point for your party’s color scheme.
- Pop a vase of coordinating flowers on top and use as a colorful centerpiece.
- Place on a table in the entry to corral incoming mail.
- Use one on your dresser to hold jewelry.
- Top it with homemade cookies and bring as a hostess gift.
My new platter came carefully packaged and has washed well in warm soapy water. All the Plate Shoppe products are dishwasher safe, which will come in handy if I put something sticky on it next time! The pink and orange color scheme is a nice change from my usual blue and white, but Plate Shoppe offers several fun prints to choose from.
Are you hosting or attending a Labor Day party? If so, think about how you can add a splash of color to help celebrate these last few days of summer!