After going all over the world, take the time to invite some close friends over and host a Hartford-style summer travels party. Recount your favorite memories from all over the globe in the comfort of your own Connecticut home.
We set out to create a unique summer party that captured the spirit of travel – a time of curiosity, adventure and discovery. This is a summer party your friends haven’t seen before, designed to spark a renewed interest in uncovering some of the mysteries of the natural world – from our own backyards to the world over. It’s a great opportunity to organize photos and keepsakes from recent travels, or to revisit a special family trip from your childhood. Stories from past travels shared by you and your guests, combined with a creatively themed table, will result in a party both memorable and inspiring.
Arrange postcards and travel photos on a pinboard like Pottery Barn’s Large Linen Pinboard to create a great visual centerpiece. Use postcards from past travels, and get creative with vintage cards, maps, menus, passports and letters from antique shops and flea markets. Photos you’ve taken from recent vacations as well as images of dream destinations can also be added. When you invite guests, encourage them to bring their own postcards and photos to add to the display. Place the pinboard near the dining table or use as the focal point of the side tables or console. Not only will it add to the ambiance of the party, but it will encourage guests to share travel stories.
Arrange sea objects like our White Cast Resin Sand Dollars and coral pieces on a console or side table. Use our vases to display natural objects that remind you of a summer getaway, like seashells, rocks, driftwood, sand and sea glass. Fresh flowers like orchids offer added color and dimension.
Create decorative table displays with our Conservatory Hurricanes and Lanterns. Arrange candles, votives, live orchids and real seashells inside.
A party this unique calls for an unusual centerpiece. Our Coastal Curiosity Scale Stand is a striking piece that lends itself to creative decoration – from shells and votives to a cluster of chili peppers. If your party is themed around a particular trip or destination, this is the perfect place to highlight it. Choose objects and artifacts that conjure sweet memories from your trip while adding to the mood of adventure.
Create unique travel-inspired place cards for each guest by using our Natural Shells or driftwood as a place card base. Prop our Sand Dollars in the lip of the shell or in a crack of the driftwood and write each guest’s name on the Sand Dollars with a permanent marker or transfer letters.
Strike a balance between neutral dinnerware and more decorative, colorful pieces. Our Great White Dinner Places offer a simple, elegant background to our artful Curiosity Plates and Curiosity Table Linens. Images from the natural world like seashells and butterflies are combined with handwritten notes and postmarks to make this collection beautiful and unique. Napkins can be tied with colorful ribbon to coordinate with richly colored flowers and other display pieces.
Schotts Zwiesel White Wine Glasses – Perfect for pairing with any type of white wine including Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc and Pinot Grigio.
Stemless White Wine Glasses – The lower profile of these glasses offers added focus on centerpiece displays and lends a more casual look to the table.
Katherine Flatware – The well-balanced design of this classic set makes it perfect for any party. Dress it up or down with decorative accents.
Vintage Wood Pedestals – Vary table displays with a mix of heights and textures. The rustic white finish on these wooden pedestals beautifully sets off both metal and light wood display pieces.
Tava Honey Napkin Rings – These handwoven rings are made of sturdy rattan and offer a rich, natural texture to the table.
Pewter Napkin Ring – Create a unique contrast by using soft cloth napkins with these classic, metal rings. The pewter finish makes them versatile enough for both casual and formal gatherings.
Great White Dinner Plates – These hand-glazed plates provide a simple backdrop to your Summer Travels Party presentation.
Nubby Runner – This richly textured runner is made of natural fibers. Drape it over a console or dinner table for a neutral background that can sit with both natural objects like flowers and shells or more formal pieces made of metal or porcelain.
Coastal Curiosity Table Linens – The napkins, placemats and runner in this collection evoke travel and adventure on a small and grand scale. Butterflies, postage stamps and coral prints bring color and artful imagery to the table.
Coastal Curiosity Dishware – Our eclectic dishware of natural wonders makes the summer table come alive. Choose from four unique patterns for an artful dining experience.
Coastal Curiosity Scale Stand - Get inspired with this unique piece. Reminiscent of old-world scales, it brings the warmth of distant lands to the table.
Magnifying Glass & Compass Bottle Stoppers – Wine and travel go hand-in-hand. Use these stoppers during your Summer Travels Party and consider getting extras to use as parting gifts.