Entertaining Tips with #BHGLiveBetter

Disclosure: I received compensation from BHG Live Better for time and materials for this post. Although we have a material connection, any publicly stated opinions are completely my own.
Entertaining Tips with #BHGLiveBetter

Hi friends! How many of you have Summer parties on the horizon? Or just host a lot of parties in general? I know for us it seems that we’re hosting friends or family quite often, so it’s beneficial to keep to a few tips and tricks to make sure we have what we need on-hand and so that we don’t spend too much money each time we throw a party! Earlier this month I shared some Outdoor Summer Entertaining Essentials, but what about those indoor parties, showers and brunches? I teamed up with BHG Live Better to share some of my favorite tips and tricks, and how you can incorporate BHG Live Better products from Walmart to ensure your parties stay within budget! And I’ll show you how I incorporated these tips into this lovely brunch party setting.

1. Neutral Serving Sets

First and foremost – neutral serving sets are a must! For parties, I happen to stick with all white and contemporary styles. Neutral, white dishes can really coordinate with any theme or decor, so you don’t have to go buying new pieces or sets for each different occasion.

This BHG Porcelain Square Dinnerware Set is a prime example! The simple lines and crisp white color is a perfect starting place for any event. I also love that you can use the pieces as dishes for your guests or as serving trays!

Entertaining Tips - Neutral Serving Sets

These BHG Forged Stainless Steel flatware sets are also great, simple pieces that will coordinate with the rest of your dishes and decor! And you can purchase whatever you need, in whatever quantity you need, at a great price!

Entertaining Tips - Neutral Serving Sets

2. Layer Colors, Patterns + Textures

My next tip for pretty parties and dinner settings is to layer colors and textures! With a neutral backdrop of dishes and flatware, you can incorporate colors and textures through napkins, napkin rings, placemats, table runners and more! Stick with a theme, but don’t be afraid to mix colors, patterns and textures to give your tables and place settings depth and interest!

Entertaining Tips - Layer Colors and Texture

Entertaining Tips - Layer Colors and Texture

3. Use Scrapbook and Wrapping Paper

I love to spend a bulk of my budget on great dishes, flatware and serving pieces. Once you have those secured, you can easily change themes and colors with paper! Instead of cloth runners, I actually like to use patterned wrapping paper or scrapbook paper. Here you can see some hand-dyed wrapping paper I secured to the table with washi tape! The colors and patterns are so interesting, it adds a lot to the table.

Entertaining Tips - Use Scrapbook and Wrapping Paper

You can also incorporate scrapbook paper into the mix. Inside this lovely BHG Bamboo Serving Tray I simply placed a sheet of patterned scrapbook paper to add more depth.

Entertaining Tips - Use Scrapbook and Wrapping Paper

4. Decorate with Flowers and Food

To add interest to your party tables and dinner settings, you want to add vertical elements. A great and easy way to do this is with flowers and food. You can pick up fresh flowers from your local florist or grocer, and you can decorate with food you already have! Fresh fruit, breads or desserts always look great on a party table! Here I have lemons and pears in a lovely BHG Large Square Bowl that coordinates with the Porcelain Dinnerware Set!

Entertaining Tips - Decorate with Flowers and Food

5. Use What You Have

Lastly, once you have the basics: great neutral dishes, serving pieces, flatware, trays and bowls – don’t be afraid to “shop” your home to add to the decor! Mason jars, napkins, paper, vases…all of those are items you might already own that could be repurposed for your party table or display!

Entertaining Tips with #BHGLiveBetter

Entertaining Tips with #BHGLiveBetter

Well there you have it friends! Some easy tips to follow when you’re thinking of your next party or event! It really is key to start off with some great neutral pieces that you can use and reuse in so many ways! Be sure to check out the fabulous line of BHG Live Better products at your local Walmart to stock up on your kitchen and party needs!

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Disclosure: I received compensation from BHG Live Better for time and materials for this post. Although we have a material connection, any publicly stated opinions are completely my own.

Kimberly Sneed
Hi, I'm Kimberly! A working mom, wife to my best friend and mother to two adorable boys. By day I'm a project manager and list-maker extraordinaire, and by night I attempt to make our house a home. I enjoy crafting/DIY, decorating, photography, thrifting and love to share my creative adventures with you!
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  1. This is a beautiful table setting! I use white serving pieces too. I frequently use wrapping paper to decorate but I’ve never thought to secure it with washi tape! Fab idea! Love it all!
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  2. I am a HUGE fan of the white square sets and think they are timeless!! You did a fab job with this and I love how you tied in the mason jar for added flare!! :)
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  3. Wow! Such cute ideas! Now I really want to host a dinner party!
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  4. Love the pops of yellow the lemons and flowers bring to your table! I have never thought of using paper with the washi tape for the table! I LOVE LOVE that idea, and will be using that soon.:)

    Thanks for all the wonderful tips!
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  5. Your post totally makes me want to do a redesign of my dining room! I love the neutral place setting and then how you were able to add so many different colors with the flowers, paper, linens and mason jar! Will you come decorate my dining room?
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  6. Beautiful Ideas Kimberly! Just stunning!
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  7. Beautiful Kimberly! I love white dishes and stoneware. It’s my favorite. :)


  8. These are great tips! I’m a huge fan of neutral colors
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  9. So true! You can never go wrong with a set of white dishes in your cupboard! And the square set? Awesome!! It’s just like a canvas for painting, you build on it. Wonderful ideas and photos Kimberly! They yellow lemons and flowers are so refreshing!
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  10. Decorating with food is something I never think to do– but I love the look! I’ll definitely have to remember that!
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  11. So pretty! We usually eat outside when we have summer parties, so most of the fancy decor doesn’t happen. But I do like the put flowers just abut everywhere!
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  12. Absolutely gorgeous, as per usual! You hit this out of the park, love it!
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  13. Love your tips…especially shopping your own home. Often I get obsessed with getting all the cute matching stuff at the store, which costs a fortune when my own stuff usually is sufficient and beautiful already.
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  14. Great tips! I love the scrapbook/wrapping paper and washi tape idea! Perfect table runner!
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  15. I ADORE the square dishes! perfect for summer time partying :)
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  16. Your pictures are gorgeous!! You did a fantastic job on this post. Excellent!
    I am your newest Bloglovin follower as well. :)
    Have a great day,
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  17. This entire post is amazing! You made me want to host a party right now!
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  18. I loveeeeee those dishes!


  19. This is beautiful Kim. Rustic, simple & clean. Great job!
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  20. Looks fabulous, Kimberly! I have a set of square white plates… love them!
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  21. I purchased the same dishes and I love them! Love your tablescape and love your tips!
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