Get The Look: Four Steps to “Breezy Entertaining”

Past Basket owner, Linda McFadden, describes “Breezy Entertaining” as simple, casual, and above all – unpretentious. Whip up your favorite potato salad recipe, head down to the water, and get busy relaxing this summer! Here are four helpful tips on how to get that Breezy Entertaining look:

Step #1: Opt Out of Paper Products

Don’t be afraid to use your dishes outdoors! We love the durability of Juliska’s Berry & Thread Sea Life line. Not ready to take the plunge? No problem. Melamine is an another option – plus it’s BPA free and dishwasher safe.

Berry & Thread in Whitewash and Sea Life by Juliska

Berry & Thread in Whitewash and Sea Life by Juliska

Al Fresco Melamine Plates and Acrylic Glasses by Juliska

Al Fresco Melamine Plates and Acrylic Glasses by Juliska

Step #2 – Make a Mean Potato Salad

Linda family has enjoyed this favorite at many family gatherings. With a few ingredients and simple preparation, you’ll have a great side or a meal on a bed of greens. Using beets can be an unexpected ingredient for some in potato salad. Beets are a staple in traditional Estonian cooking, something Linda grew up with, and uses often. They provide added color, texture, and nutrition.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of red salad potatoes, cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 3 green onions including some green tops
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Juice of 1/2 – 1 whole lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon strong Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The Estonian version includes 2 to 3 small to medium cooked beets stirred in with the celery and green onions. The beets turn the salad slightly pink but add a sweetness that is unexpected and refreshing.

Mix all dressing ingredients and stir hot cubed potatoes into dressing, cool then add celery and onions.

Serving Suggestions: Use a Terrafirma Ceramics’ bowl (see below) and serve with a favorite antique wooden spoon like Jonathan’s Spoons.

TerraFirma Ceramic Bowls at Past Basket Milwaukee

TerraFirma Ceramic Bowls at Past Basket Milwaukee

Step #3 – Bring on the Hurricane(s)

A dash of raffia netting can bring this hurricane from formal indoor use to outdoor, casual Breezy Entertaining.

Simon Pearce Alfresco romanced

Ambiance can make or break a gathering, so make sure you add a little light to keep the conversation going. (Shown, Simon Pearce)

Step #4 – Add a POP of Color

A simple design with a POP of color, these Caravan glasses are begging for the weather to turn for al fresco dining, yet work just as well indoors.

Color Pop glassware available in Navy, Citrus, and Yellow.

Color Pop glassware available in Navy, Citrus, and Yellow.

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