Hostess Essentials: a Tote and a Tray

The sun has come out and the temperature is warming.  Summer is just around the corner, which means picnics at the park and drinks on the patio.  Two of my hostess essentials for the summer are a collapsible market tote and a bright serving tray.  Hauling your dinner and dinnerware outside is a lot more fun, not to mention easier, when you have the right gear.  And these items are so versatile.  Use the tote for storing dinnerware on your porch or patio, carry your wine and dish to a party, or fill it with food for a picnic.  A fun serving tray is a great way to present drinks to your guests or line it with baked goods for a brunch.