Let Prepared Foods and Rhody Finds Take the Labor Out of Entertaining

Simple ideas for hosting all August long


Despite the hottest temps of the year, the calendar reminds us that before long, beaches officially close and families with kids will resume their regimented routines, so let’s make the most of the still-long days by making plans right now! If the thought of hosting a get-together gives you the willies, it doesn’t need to – spending a sunny afternoon picking up prepared foods, bunches of blooms, bottles of wine, and a few other items is all part of the fun.


Finer Things

While hosting doesn’t need to be fancy, it can be nice to have some heirloom-quality pieces. If you’re looking to build a tabletop collection or pick out something special, Homeport on Newport’s Spring Street has you covered. The lifestyle shop has shelves of fine bone china, linen napkins, flatware, glassware, salt-and-pepper sets, and more, plus advice and expertise!


Floral Support

From flowers to fruit, adorn your table with gifts from the earth. Bouquets of vibrant wildflowers from Painted Fields Flower Farm are handpicked each morning and available for purchase in the flower shed at Tilted Barn Brewery. By using loose bunches, you have the freedom to cut and display your centerpiece however your heart desires. Visit Tilted Barn Farmers Markets on Wednesdays from 4-7pm through September 27.


Made to Order

The Corner House on Post Road in Warwick can be your one-stop food shop. This upscale deli also has a market stocked with regional brands, and onsite bakery Cakes by Isabel Noel. Spice up your spread with jarred provisions, cured meats, and rich cheeses, plus reheatable faves like homemade stuffies and bacon wrapped scallops. A custom charcuterie board with mini spoon from art market regular Into the Woods makes a handsome base.


Wine Stop

Along the Sakonnet River in Middletown is Greenvale Vineyards, a sixth-generation farm that produces small quantities of estate-grown wines available for tastings and purchase. For grazing on small seasonal bites, try the 2022 Pinot Gris Ramato. When it’s time to serve the main course, switch to a medium-bodied Bordeaux-style red. While not in use, top bottles with decorative stoppers from Backyard Beach Decor (which also make lovely hostess gifts).



A handy list of brands, shops, and makers featured in this article:



Featured: Stylist

North Kingstown | @aucoindesigns


Backyard Beach Decor

Featured: Narragansett Anchor
wine stopper

North Kingstown | @backyardbeachdecor


The Corner House

Featured: The Backyard Food Company, Cakes by Isabel Noel, and their own prepared foods.

Warwick | @cornerhouseri


Greenvale Vineyards

Featured: Wines

Middletown | @greenvalevineyards



Featured: Tabletop and bar, linen napkins

Newport | @homeportri


Into the Woods

Featured: Live-Edge Bowl Board

Johnston | @followusintothewoods

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Painted Fields Flower Farm

Featured: Florals

Exeter | @paintedfields_flowerfarm


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