From the country home to the Manhattan rooftop, summer is the perfect time for entertaining. Give in to the surrounding greenery and host a garden party with a twist of antique verve. From elegant seating to the quintessential afternoon tea service, play up the natural beauty of the season and be the host or hostess with antiques that will wow your guests.
Let your guests kick up their feet and mingle on a pair of cast iron benches in a traditional “Serpent and Grape” pattern from Trove. Following inspiration of the Coalbrookdale style, these late 19th century benches will nestle perfectly against lush garden greenery, or an urban jungle rooftop high above the busy city. Price upon request at Trove Gallery via 1stDibs. trovegallery.com or 1stdibs.com
While they might not actually chirp a melody for your guests, this dainty vintage Murano glass sculpture adds the perfect final touch to your garden party. Place on a serving table and start up a discussion on spring’s finest feathered viewing. Even better, each bird on the branch is removable so you can showcase your favorites or keep them all in a row. $3,750. Showplace Antique + Design Center, 40 W. 25th St., 212-633-6063; nyshowplace.com
THE TEA CART
After conversation is underway, it’s time to present a variety of garden party provisions, from finger sandwiches and crudité to tea and champagne. Serve your delicious treats in style with this 1930’s Italian rose-colored goatskin bar cart by Aldo Tura. Classic gold wheels make this unique cart portable and the top two tiers remove to bring your serving from cart to table. $6,500. Showplace Antique + Design Center, 40 W. 25th St., 212-633-6063; nyshowplace.com
Tea for two? Or perhaps six? Serve afternoon tea in your garden oasis with a 1960’s Capodimonte, Italy porcelain set, which includes cups and saucers for six guests, teapot, sugar bowl, and cream server. This charming tea service is adorned with with whimsical pastel tones, playful cherubic designs, and landscapes that will match your own garden space. $1,400. Showplace Antique + Design Center, 40 W. 25th St., 212-633-6063; nyshowplace.com
No garden party is complete without sunshine, but the last thing a hostess wants to hear about is sunburned partygoers. Consider elevating the classic canvas umbrella for this statuesque 1940’s shaded reprieve. With natural paint distressing and seven feet of coverage (9 ft. high), this umbrella upgrade is the perfect sunblock for your event. $2,400 from Robert Massello Antiques via 1stDibs. 1stdibs.com