Editor In Chief, Tamara Stephenson

Editor In Chief, Tamara Stephenson
Hi, It's Tamara. Welcome to my blog where I've been writing about what I love since 2010. I bring daily inspirations about interior design, travel, fashion and entertaining fodder to these virtual pages pulling from my expertise as a professional interior designer and co-owner of fabric and wallpaper company, root cellar designs. From my days at Parsons School of Design, to growing my fabric and wallpaper company every step of the way, I have lots to share. All things design inspire me, and it's been my pleasure to share these unique experiences with readers. I write about how to create a happy, well decorated home by sharing sources, inspiration, ideas and sometimes my quirky philosophy on the subject. I am excited to note that Nest by Tamara blog has been voted #1 interior design blog in the top 100 blogs, notable blogs to watch, and many other mentions, features and awards. Ten years later, my passion for writing here has not waned. My travels take me to all corners of the globe in search of beautiful, artisan-made, unique design. Occasionally, I offer a few of my talented friends the opportunity to guest post on a niche subject, but otherwise the blog is all my voice and perspective. All photographs are my own unless otherwise credited. For inquiries, please reach out to me, TamaraStephenson1@gmail.com Happy Nesting, XO Tamara

Part III: Summer Entertaining made easy with sources to stock your bar, host a picnic or pool party

photograph courtesy Southern Living magazine

photo I took of Hermes table
at the Hampton Classic Equestrian Grand Prix

Summer fun is on the horizon.  
Today, let's investigate some great sources for outdoor parties from stocking your outdoor bar to picnics and pool party sources.

Part III:  
Nest by Tamara's Entertaining 
"Must Haves" 
for summer 2013
A few days ago I showed you my list of items 
to help you stay the consummate host this summer.  
These were ideas to spiff up your summer table, but not break the bank.  Later, I showed tips and sources to tweak a guest bedroom as well.

Today is Part Three:  
ideas for  your summer picnics, beach or poolside parties. 
To start your party off on a stylish note, Jonathan Adler has pared up with Paperless Post to provide us with pretty on-line invitations this summer, and they are quite inexpensive to boot (hello, $1.oo is a bargain) 
These fun party invitations are a Must Have for me. 
Thank you Paperless Post

how snazzy are these Anchors Away envelopes -
and one of our family's favorite symbols
next, let's stock the outdoor bar... 

I love vintage bar carts with casters so you can wheel them from room to room or even take them outside for a backyard barbecue.  My brass faux-bamboo cart goes outside for garden parties!
speaking of bar carts,
I think this rattan one on wheels new to the inventory from Serena & Lily would make a good outdoor version
multi-purpose rattan outdoor bar cart Monaco
stock your bar with stylish items, such as -- 

blue and white English antique biscuit jars are great to use as 
distinctive ice buckets on a stylish bar cart - these beauties are from
English Country Antiques in Bridgehampton

Holland & Sherry has many vintage items in their hsbespoke collection as well and check out these antique seltzer bottles
ship coasters from Haus Interiors add a nice nautical touch

set your outdoor bar with cute little accessories like this mermaid bottle opener from 
Haus Interiors 
love this large urn with a worn look with the Versatile Urn
from Ballard Design. 

check out my Taking Guests to the Beach post complete with recipes.
I think picnic dinners at sunset on the beach can be a festive way to greet your weekend guests - so, pack it up in style here...
 What an adorable picnic basket and for a song over at

speaking again of rattan, this antique rattan covered thermos over at BillysBungalow on etsy is a classic look

for a good old-fashioned picnic

Horchow sells pretty monogram items, 
including these plastic cups and napkins -- perfect for a picnic
Caspari Lobster napkins would look great for a preppy Lobster Bake

Pool and Beach Parties
my Salute to Summer on page 64-68 of Traditional Home magazine's Great Kitchens

of course I've written about this before, and check out the recent issue of Great Kitchens by Traditional Home magazine
 where my Fourth of July pool party was profiled
sometimes it's the little touches to a backyard barbecue that make it special.  I love these small tea lanterns votives from calypso home
light these lanterns and set next to your pool or line the driveway to lead your guest after dark -- a lovely sparkle from West Elm
above were the bargains and here's the splurge, but worth every penny Bevolo lanterns made by hand in New Orleans - they are the original gas lamp company.  The table lanterns would look beautiful on an outdoor table. 

Now, go on and get out of here
and get those invitations started.  
See you at the beach!

Happy Nesting XO 

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