Summer Entertaining

Monday, June 20, 2016

One of the things I love most about summer is the ease and simplicity of entertaining.  We spent our summers in California and almost every night we would pack up an assortment of cheese, meat, crackers, dip, fruit, nuts…whatever we had in the pantry and the refrigerator and arrange it on a great big platter or cheeseboard.  We would throw on a tablecloth, light a few candles in lanterns and watch the sun dip into the Pacific.  Now that our kids are older we no longer leave for the summer, but we still enjoy a beautiful feast out on the patio around sunset.

I buy a few cheeses, almost always one that goes with a fig jam, peppers, Castelvetrano Olives, salami, cashews, tomatoes, crackers and bread and when I have time, I make Ina’s marinated artichoke hearts.

Antipast with Roasted Artichokes

Antipasto with Roasted Artichokes

ingredients for Roasted Artichoke Dressing

Antipasto with Roasted Artichoke Dressing

Ina Garten’s Roasted Artichokes, you can find the recipe right here.

Dana Point Sunset

Mary Ann in San Francisco just wrote a great post on the Best Party Platter complete with a shopping list and I can’t help but miss California a little lot when seeing Elizabeth’s recent post from Big Sur. I guess I’ll always be California dreaming…  Happy first day of summer.  It’s gonna be a good one!  xo annie



  • Mary Alvarez

    Thanks for some great ideas!

  • Garden, Home and Party

    I love eating this way. I probably over indulge, using the logic that I’m not eating as much. Haha. I do love a pretty platter stocked with nuts, cheese and other tempting foods.

  • classic•casual•home


    CALIFORNIA MISSES YOU. Today is gorgeous…no June gloom. Sparkling. I’ll be in NY for two days for a wedding in August but with family. Hoping to come back in Oct. again. Come here when you visit your sister. Empty guest room…complete with cable car bells to wake you up in the am 🙂

  • the gardeners cottage

    i just finished eating lunch and this is making me hungry! lol

    it all looks fabulous annie. oh it’s gonna be a hot summer so i wouldn’t be missing it too much. it’s over 90 degrees in hermosa beach right now! xo

  • Elizabeth Burns

    Thank you for mentioning my blog. I’m so happy we got to meet and look forward to the day when you come visit me in Santa Barbara!

    • annie

      I look forward to one day visiting Santa Barbara! I have not been back to California since we moved almost 4 years ago.

  • Stefanie Wall

    These mouth-watering appetizing photos make me to want to assemble this rustic and gorgeous platter right now and hopefully many times over this summer….with friends, family or just us. Thanks Annie, for more inspiring ideas. Please come visit California soon!

  • Nancy_Noticed

    Your post reminds me to platter feed more often… it meets all my needs!

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