by Marisa Marcantonio

Saying goodbye to Summer...

Leaving behind a clear blue sky hanging over a deep blue sea.

Photo courtesy of Hillary Thomas
Summer meals alfresco...
With a festive red and blue palette, interior designer and event planner Hillary Thomas created a summer table with Dransfield and Ross for a One King's Lane party in the Hampton's. If you are celebrating the holiday this weekend, here are some take aways.

Great ideas abound: use a fan as a charger so when guests get warm they can put them to use. Use nature as your guide. Elegant sea fans are tucked into a pretty floral arrangement. With a busy patterned tablecloth, tone down the rest of the scheme with natural neutrals like grasscloth and bamboo. Using colorful stemware always livens things up, and is much more fun than the expected clear glass.

Photo courtesy of Peter Dunham
Get the look with Peter Dunham's fantastic Starburst print.

Photo courtesy of World Market
Novica Blue Blossoms Etched Glasses from World Market add a burst of blue to the table.

Photo courtesy Tender Crumb
Nothing says summer like homemade blueberry pie...

... and Bluefish Pate at Straight Wharf on Nantucket.

Photo Courtesy of Z Gallerie
Blue fish swim about on the Sealife Tray from Z Gallerie

Whoops! This could make you really blue!