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One of my absolute favorite things about summer is entertaining outdoors — especially in the evening. With the abundance of sunshine and warm evenings, summer is a perfect time to organize a fun neighborhood block party, family reunion or even a few friends over for a sprinkler party on the lawn. It is also a perfect time to set up for a girl’s night in, out under the stars.

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Complete with candles, twinkle lights and a delicious berry-topped cake, a girl’s night in with a few close friends is a perfect time to catch up, relax and enjoy the summer season.

Finding everything you need for a simple table setting is as easy as shopping HomeGoods.

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One of my favorite finds from a recent shopping adventure is this wood slice cake plate.

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I love that this piece is a unique way to serve your dessert. It’s different from the usual tall cake stands and adds that rustic, luxe feeling to the table.

This cake pays homage to the outdoors — decorated with fresh lavender and blueberries — and adds a sprinkle of charm. And if you don’t want to serve cake, this tray is just as good for serving cheese and crackers or slices of warm toasted garlic bread.

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I also picked up these simple and sweet blush plates and linen napkins. The touch of pink ties in with the flowers and adds a decidedly feminine touch, especially when paired with the crochet-detailed napkins.

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Not one to always use a tablecloth, I did a happy dance when I found this ruffled linen one from HomeGoods — and yes, it went right into my cart along with the matching napkins.

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When it comes to the finishing touches for your evening, don’t forget about the ambiance. Bring in candles for the tabletop and add a few string lights overhead.

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I like to light everything as the evening moves in when the sun is just beginning to set. Those lights add an abundance of ambiance for enjoying conversations late into the evening. Don’t forget to download a playlist for the evening, and set out a basket with a few blankets to wrap up in if it gets chilly.

Hosting a fun get-together is a great way to enjoy those long summer evenings, and it is easy with entertaining essentials from HomeGoods.

Courtney is a paid blogger. She writes the blog lifestyle blog French Country Cottage where she shares design, outdoor living and entertaining inspirations along with the ongoing renovations of her 1940’s cottage.


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