Communal Cool

A summer soirée without the sweat.

Grilled asparagus spears with orange oil and an Italian vegetable frittata. See more party pictures below.Pulling off a sophisticated summer party isn’t easy. That is, unless you have the creative minds—and chefs—behind Stephen Starr Events in your corner, plus a quintessentially Main Line venue like Appleford in Villanova.

For this fête, nothing on the “ambient” menu requires heat to serve. Libations come courtesy of a “bubble bar”—a selection of sparkling wines that can be mixed with a variety of fresh fruit juices and purées. Later, the bar becomes a sorbetto station, churning out classy slushies to keep the heat and humidity at bay.

Cool as a cucumber, indeed.

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Appleford: 770 Mt. Moro Road, Villanova; (610) 527-4280,
Beautiful Blooms: 1011 N. Hancock St., Philadelphia; (215) 925-9300,
Party Rental Ltd.: 1522 Locust St., Philadelphia; (856) 317-9351,
Stephen Starr Events: (215) 923-2675,

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