There’s something about summer that just makes me want to entertain. Don’t get me wrong, I love entertaining all year long, but summer is special because the vibe is so easy and relaxing. Is there anything better than sitting poolside, out on a deck, or even on a picnic blanket in your own yard and enjoying barbecued meals and sweet summer treats with friends and family? I think not.
This is why I’ve got to let you know about a major sale happening through the 4th of July that will help with all of your entertaining needs…only two days left to shop! I walked into Pier 1 Imports the other day to pick up a few things for a party I was planning, and to my surprise everything I needed was 40% off or more!! AND THERE’S MORE (hahaha)… thru tomorrow, you will receive an EXTRA 15% off everything you purchase (code FIREWORKS)!
The key to summer entertaining is ease and function. Paper or plastic plates are definitely easy, but not always so functional when you’re having heavy meal items. I also find that kids are always dropping the paper plates because they aren’t very sturdy. Not to mention the environmental impact of always using disposable items. And of course, you don’t want to use your everyday ceramic dishes either. Hmmm… so what to do?
The perfect dishware for outdoor entertaining is melamine! If you haven’t heard of it yet, then you’re really missing out. Melamine is a sturdy, almost unbreakable material. It is far lighter than china and so much more durable. Nowadays, the designs of melamine dishes are amazing. One is more beautiful than the next and you usually can’t tell until you actually touch it. One dish I saw looked like a heavy-duty Tuscan serving dish, but then I lifted it and it was light as a feather. They are so easy to wash (dishwasher safe), and they dry quickly too. One important note: you cannot put melamine in the microwave!!
Look at these beautiful melamine dishes I picked up. I went with a classic off-white color that I can use all year long (we eat outside a lot in Southern California). Then I spiced it up with this gorgeous aqua color that looks perfect by the pool. All of the serving trays and larger serving bowls are also on sale. This aqua three-section server tray is great for condiments, fruits, sauces, and dips. I pulled it all together with these summery placemats that match everything (can’t find exact one so I linked similar one below). The melamine is all 40% off and comes in so many colors and designs. Please open this post in your browser so all of the shopping widgets appear at the bottom.
My next stop was Cost Plus World Market which also has a ton of entertaining items on sale. As part of their 4th of July sale, they have an additional 15% off (for reward members, Code EXCLUSIVE) and 10% off (non-members, Code SUMMER10). My mission was to find some charming outdoor acrylic glasses and I found them on display as soon as I walked in! I just love the timeless and vintage look of these, and the fact that they’re unbreakable and can be used all year long! All acrylic glassware is currently 30% off and available in more colors which I linked at the bottom of the post.
Both Pier 1 Imports and Cost Plus World Market make it easy to order online and pick up free in-store if you need these items quickly. Both are offering free shipping deals with spending minimums as well. I am extremely happy with my purchases and would love to know if you end up giving these outdoor dishes a try! Have a great holiday tomorrow!
Thanks so much for reading! xoxo, JB