Last month I got a dream invitation from HomeMint – the new members-only home collection from Justin Timberlake and interior designer Estee Stanley. Host a summertime dinner party at my house, using my favorite pieces from HomeMint’s latest collections. Um… yes please! I immediately set my sights on a set of gorgeous dishes from the Canvas collaboration, and used their exotic blue and white pattern as the jumping off point for a Mediterranean-style al fresco fête. Photographer Buff Strickland captured each detail so beautifully… Click through the slides to see how it all came together!


My design started with a low-slung Moroccan-style table that would encourage plenty of lounging late into the evening. (get the instructions for creating your own low table.) I covered it simply with a breezy white linen that I folded to form a wide runner, creating a clean canvas for the dishes’ bright pops of color.

It’s June in Austin, which means it’s HOT out. I greeted guests at the door with sparkling lemon water, enhanced with fresh blueberries and mint for flavor and brilliant color.

The dishes that started it all: gorgeous Tarascon Dinnerware – part of HomeMint’s collaboration with Canvas. Each piece in the collection is made under fair trade and green principles with designs that represent simple, sustainable style. And the deep blue shade instantly takes me away to the azure waters of the Mediterranean.

A lounge-y dinner party requires loads of pretty pillows, and HomeMint stocks a crave-worthy collection. The various patterns mix and match so well together for a completely custom look. I chose the summery Montauk Blue Stripes pillows, and paired with the slightly more exotic Jacobean Print pillows for  splash of sunny orange. Pile on top of a natural sisal rug and – presto! Instant outdoor living room.

My friend Ash from The Byrd Collective designed the gorgeous centerpieces with a mix of white peonies, ranunculus and carnations. Don’t those transparent blue vessels look as though they were pulled straight from a mermaid’s private collection?

Shimmering pieces of natural crystal weigh down each calligraphied place card in the Tarascon bowls, creating an organic-chic setting for each guest.

Mediterranean cuisine is all about simple, fresh flavors using the very best ingredients. A fresh fruit platter is party-worthy when it incorporates produce as colorful as papayas, figs and honeydew melon at the height of their season. I arranged on top of a few fresh lemon leaves that imparted an intoxicating citrus-y perfume.

My girl friends arrived in summer’s finest – easy breezy dresses in beachy shades. We caught up over cocktails before the sun went down… chilled flutes of prosecco spiked with mint simple syrup and fresh blueberries.

A traditional Greek meze, made up of small flavorful sharing plates, is intended to complement the taste of the wine and provide a backdrop for a social experience. Love that concept, so I served little bowls of roasted peppers, olives, hummus, fresh feta and pita bread to encourage lots of snacking and passing around the table.

I served piles of warm pita bread in the Galapagos Deep Banded Bowls, which are incredibly versatile vessels that I also use for storing lemons in the kitchen and sponges in the bathroom. Hand-woven from artisans in mountains of southern Mexico, each stylish banded bowl is one-of-a-kind.

Cheers to an unforgettable afternoon surrounded by great friends and beautiful pieces! And if you haven’t already checked out HomeMint, what are you waiting for? Get started by taking the fun little quiz that helps create your personalized recommendations, then every month you get to shop from the newest high-end home furnishings, décor and art curated by Justin and Estee…at discounts up to 50% off! Hop on over to sign up, and let the shopping begin…

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Comments (17)
  1. 1
    Amy July 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    What an inspiring color palette and love the idea of lighter fare during these hot months. Very surprised to see JT expanding his talent to this area but it looks like he’s doing a great job!

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    mes bijoux July 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    wow! I really love your party! All the decoration is superb and the meal look amazing.
    kisses from Barcelona!

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    Kristen K. July 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Love the bright yet calming colors and mix of patterns. Looks like a party I would have wanted to go to, great style, great friends, and lots of sharing!

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    desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} July 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Love everything and I need to get those napkins!

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    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing July 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Gorgeous get together, Camille! I love the idea of serving mostly finger friendly foods too. Casual, relaxed, but still so beautiful.

    xo,
    Ashley
    anylovelything.com

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    Elise July 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    SO gorgeous, Camille! Totally got me dreaming of jetting off to Capri or Santorini!

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    Anna July 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    What a beautiful presentation. The blue color is inspirational and so tranquil for a summer dinner party. That cheese board is so unique and adds a nice contrast to the pallet. Where is it from?

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    debra @dustjacket July 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Just so fabulous….love, love love it! Great job.
    xox

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    Elizabeth July 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    How exciting for you! The table setting is, as usual, flawless, and I’m now craving some Greek food!

    Cheers, Elizabeth @ The Corner Apartment

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    GawgusThings July 6, 2012 at 1:58 am

    What a fabulous collection! I love the ‘mermaid’ bowls..

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    Jill Ginsberg July 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

    What a beautiful color palette, you have a true gift for mixing and matching!

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    ash September 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Finally looking at this post, 2 months later-Buff’s photos are incredible and the table looks amazing. Looking forward to many more fun times together in the near future-thanks for including me and for letting me add a little more (floral) beauty to your events.
    Love you-
    Ash

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