Tuesday, June 28, 2022

How to Throw an Amalfi Coast Themed Summer Party | Citrus Summer Party Inspiration

 This summer, we're all about the fresh summer citrus theme - it's the closest you can get to the Amalfi Coast without actually hopping on a flight! We've even put together our Summer Citrus collection with a roundup of our favorites. 

If you're looking to throw an Amalfi Coast themed party, here are our top tips for capturing this fresh summer style at your event. 

Decorate with lemons on the table 

This is a super easy way to decorate your table. You don't have to add a full runner of lemons and greenery like in these inspo photos - that's a lot of lemons to buy! You can simply fill a crystal bowl or two with the freshest, prettiest lemons at the market. If you can't find the kind with leaves, fake it with some fresh peony leaves from the garden, or any smooth, deep green ones that resemble a lemon leaf. 

TIP: Wait until right before your guests arrive to add the lemons to the bowls if your party will be outside. You don't want them to go bad - use them for cooking or baking when the party is over. 

Find fun Amalfi Coast themed party favors to share with your guests

We love these lemon-themed cookies for a tasty favor. Another idea that's a hit at our parties (and doesn't require any baking) is pretty bar of soap or a luxe hand cream for each guest. We love this Mangiacotti Lemon Verbena soap for an Amalfi Coast themed party favor. It also is great to add to your bathroom for guests to use! Our Michel Design Works Lemon Basil hand cream is a perennial summer favorite. and makes an excellent gift. 

Add blue into your Amalfi Coast themed decor

Blue and yellow are the perfect pair, and if you already have blue and white decor, you can incorporate it into your tablescape. 

Our Burano dinnerware is the perfect option for everyday dinnerware that works perfectly for an Amalfi Coast themed party. 

Adding gold flatware or candlesticks adds a little touch of glamour - try our Vetro Gold collection for a ton of options. 

Add some special lemon touches into the table, too

We can't resist these Vietri Limoni salad plates - we love layering them with our other dinnerware in the summer and creating different tablescape looks. Check out our Summer Citrus collection for more citrusy platters and dinnerware. 

Come up with a signature cocktail

Limoncello is delicious and you can find it at your local liquor store. Even something as simple as champagne with a splash of a fancy lemonade is fabulous. Belvoir has a tasty lemonade selection available at many supermarkets in the prettiest bottles - splash them in champagne (or sparkling water for a nonalcoholic option).

Shop the Summer Citrus Collection 

Thursday, June 23, 2022

What Type of Bedding is Best for Summer? | Our Summer Bedding Guide for the Warm Weather Months

 When the weather warms up, many of our customers are looking to change out their bedding for lighter, more summery options. This is especially true for people in coastal towns who like to sleep with the windows open and the fresh air coming in - regular sheets can be too hot if you run warm at night and don't have the air conditioner on high. 

Luckily there's a wealth of good summer bedding options available, no matter your climate. Here's our guide to summer bedding.

What type of bedding is best for the summer?

You'll want something made from natural fibers - think linen or cotton, no polyester or synthetic materials. Natural fibers breathe more than synthetics, which means that airflow is better and warm air won't get trapped beneath the sheets.

What material should I go with for summer sheets - linen or cotton? 

While linen and cotton are both good options for summer bedding due to their breathability and light weight, they also have very different looks and "hands" - the name for the feel of the fabric. Cotton, especially percale cotton, is very crisp and can feel cool to the touch. Linen, which is made from the flax plant, is even more breathable and moisture-wicking than cotton but it does have a slubbier, more rumpled texture.

If you like a crisp, clean, polished look, cotton is for you. If you prefer the more shabby-chic, textured look of linen, or if you run really warm, linen is the best bet. 

Shop the Sferra Pettine cotton bedding collection here

Shop the Matteo Vintage Linen Sheet Set here

Shop the Keaton Linen bedding collection here

What can I use instead of a duvet in the summer? 

If your duvet is too warm, you can switch it out for lighter bedding that will keep you cooler. 

Check out the Pine Cone Hill Lodi Coverlet Here

Shop the Peacock Alley Chloe Percale Duvet Cover

What are other ways to switch out bedding in the summer? 

Get rid of your top sheet in the summer - that eliminates one layer. Even though top sheets are light, they can add up on a hot night. You can also switch out your regular pillowcases for crisp new percale ones. If you have heavy down pillows, they can trap a lot of heat - you might want to switch to lighter ones for the summer time. Try the Peacock Alley down alternative pillows

Mason Percale pillowcases
Shop the Taylor Linens Mason Percale Pillowcases

Shop the Sferra Corino Blanket

Shop the best summer bedding

You can find the best summer bedding brands at Lavender & Company - get free shipping over $75, and speak to our bedding experts to help you craft your perfect summer bedding look today.