How to Create a Farmers’ Market Dinner Party

Fresh, local bounty is what summer is all about and we love it. In fact, we can’t get enough! Whether it’s seafood like Dungeness crab plucked fresh from the sea in Washington, salmon candy, heirloom tomatoes or artisan cheeses, we’re all about utilizing what’s fresh to create a comfortable and unique entertaining setting at home and at our events. Using the freshest ingredients not only in your menu, but on your table top, can be unexpected and a fantastic departure from an ordinary dinner party. Here’s how you can create your own Farmers’ Market-inspired dinner party:

-Start at the market and ask vendors and farmers about their favorite picks or catches of the day and work around that. Create a stunning charcuterie board by staging assorted salamis and meats on an over sized cutting board and let guests help themselves.

-Fill carafes with flavored water and wine and dot down your table for a true family-style setting. Let your guests roll up their sleeves and enjoy bites and share plates.

-Look to your cupboard for colorful bowls and pots and fill them with market bounty like corn, heirloom tomatoes and fresh blooms. The goal is to create an effortless look that impresses, so the brighter the colors the better!

-Use striped tea towels as napkins {they’re great for entertaining} as they add a bistro feeling and a creative touch.

-Top place settings simply and gift guests a take-home favor like a small wheel of cheese wrapped in muslin and cinched with a knife and a vintage print press stamp {it also doubles as a place card}. Then let the food do the talking……

Beautiful, right? It’s incredible how simple a place setting can spring to life with the addition of scrumptious food…. Photos: Elle G. Photography for Valley & Co. | Venue + charcuterie: Whisknladle

Put on some French-inspired tunes and you’ve got the perfect market setting!

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