As winter loosens its hold across the countryside, we’re all ready to take the party outside. Late April means flowers are blooming, we’re cleaning off our deck furniture and freshening our front porches.

Neighbors are visiting in their front yards again. People are planting gardens and soaking up the sun. If you’re lucky, maybe someone will hire a New Orleans-style jazz band for a couple of hours. It does happen!

In the midst of all this, there’s time for slowing down to share a charcuterie platter of veggies and crackers, fruits and cheeses. Or maybe it’s a breakfast board of bagels and biscuits to get energized for that day in the yard.

Dresden & Company has embraced the garden life this month and is ready for a whole summer of entertaining and front porch fun. We have any number of items that help you throw your style of garden party: food, serving pieces, baskets, bins, glass pitchers and glasses. Even soaps and lotions to wash your hands after a day working in the soil.

A garden party shouldn’t be overwhelming or that much work. It should put a smile on your face. Admit it, you’re smiling at the idea of fresh air, making a pitcher of lemonade and talking to someone other than your pets!

The idea of charcuterie boards just keeps evolving and can take center stage at any garden party. The  Charcuterie Platter and Plate in D&Co.’s American Potters’ Collection make beautiful canvases for your party feast.

Our IronWorks Two-Tiered Server gives you two more surfaces, a bit of elevation and anchors a spot for eye-catching desserts. The Two-Tiered Server and the American Potters’ Collection pieces are all made for D&Co. in Ohio by partners who share our love of handmade craftsmanship. Periodically, condition the wood of the IronWorks Two-Tiered Server with food grade mineral oil. Then put it to work.

The Platter surface becomes party central for you. Imagine it with cubes of cheese and fruit and slices of ham and roast beef. Or turn it into a Make You Own Sub Station with cold cuts and cheeses, American Potters’ Collection ramekins of mayonnaise and mustard and a nearby D&Co. basket of your choice filled with various types of buns and rolls for sandwiches your way.

If you’re serving breakfast, fill your ramekins with D&Co. Kitchen jams and jellies.

For the Two-Tiered Server, take your creations vertically with bite-size muffins and brownie squares or fresh strawberries and grapes within easy reach.

Talk to your D&Co. Pro or find a Pro on our website to order your party supplies. Then get the first of many parties planned so you can enjoy spring and summer.