Alys Beach Inspired Poolside Party

There is nothing Southerners like more than “al fresco” dining and lounging by the pool. We love simple meals in outdoor kitchens and cocktails at sunset. Entertaining with style is a must in the South.

Growing up in Florida, I have always been drawn to the beautiful white lines of Mediterranean and Moorish design.  One of my favorite examples of this minimalist design philosophy is Alys Beach on the gulf coast of Florida.  With an understated elegance, the property below is my inspiration for my next outdoor soiree.

Alys Beach Pool & Arbor – Image from SouthernLiving.com.

Rooftop Pergola – Image from SouthernLiving.com.

Outdoor Kitchen – Image from SouthernLiving.com.

Below are a few design elements and recipes that will make your next outdoor party a fashionable affair…

Peacock Pillows – NandinaHome.com.

Add a punch of color to a beautiful white space by using these pillows… I love a palette of pink, orange and yellow for summertime entertaining!

Beaufort Ginger Jars – NandinaHome.com.

Fill with fresh white hydrangea, sunflowers or lilies and place on bars and tables for a vibrant effect.


Coral Leather Tray NandinaHome.com.

Serve shrimp cocktail in pretty glasses on these elegant trays.


Nothing is more refreshing in the heat than Loaded Lemonade! Serve in these delightful highballs and you have instant style.

Gold Ribbon Drinking Glasses – NandinaHome.com.

I love this barware. It reminds me of the sun’s reflection off the waves of the sea.



1 Part Dry Vermouth
1 Part Lemon Juice
Tonic Water
1 Slice Grapefruit, Blackberry & Raspberry

How to mix this cocktail
Fill a chilled highball glass with ice cubes. Add ABSOLUT Vodka, dry vermouth and lemon juice. Top with tonic water. Garnish with grapefruit, blackberries or raspberries.


Diane Von Furstenberg Sunburst Dress… My summertime go-to dress!

By Erin Kelly Haraway

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