Summer evenings are almost upon us, and that means gathering fresh summer ingredients, lighting the grill and sharing casual dinners with friends and family. If you are like me, you rarely (if ever) pull out your fine china for entertaining. I often wonder what it would be like to register as a bride in this day and age. The options brides have today seem so much greater than when I registered almost 20 years ago. I feel certain I would have collected much more casual and versatile pieces that could be mixed and matched for any occasion.

Having said that, I have purchased “I don’t know how many” white platters, plates and bowls from Target and West Elm that I use EVERY day. Target pieces are so affordable and durable. Target also does a great job for offering pieces to update your table for the season that won’t break the bank. Here are a few of my current favorite purchases.

1. Set of 4 Engineer Stripe Napkin: These versatile napkins offer the perfect summertime accent to your table! They're durable, too — perfect for a poolside soiree. 2. 16-piece Coupe Dinnerware Set in White:  You can't beat fresh, white porcelain dinnerware. It goes with everything. From casual family dinners to upscale Sunday brunch, this set will become your go-to for summer entertaining!  3. 5-piece Izon Flatware Set in Gold: I love Threshold! They offer finely crafted flatware at such an affordable price. This flatware set is especially great for taking a casual dining experience and adding a splash of elegance.  4. Charger Rattan: I love the contemporary-woven style of this charger — perfect for any summer occasion. Plus, they're super easy to take care of — just wipe them down with a moistened cloth!  5. Home Cedar Condiment Trio: Summertime means hamburgers and hotdogs — and lots of condiments! Bring some flavor to the table with these beautiful soapstone bowls, perfect for any dipping sauce, seasoning or some TLish Dressings!  6. BONUS: 11-inch Stoneware Serving Platter: Because Target has so many great finds, I had to include this awesome serving platter too! I love the reactive glaze applied to this piece, which gives it a nice rustic look. Serve your favorite meal (maybe my sweet garlic and chicken skewers) on this plate for an elegant presentation! 

1. Set of 4 Engineer Stripe Napkin: These versatile napkins offer the perfect summertime accent to your table! They're durable, too — perfect for a poolside soiree.

2. 16-piece Coupe Dinnerware Set in White:  You can't beat fresh, white porcelain dinnerware. It goes with everything. From casual family dinners to upscale Sunday brunch, this set will become your go-to for summer entertaining! 

3. 5-piece Izon Flatware Set in Gold: I love Threshold! They offer finely crafted flatware at such an affordable price. This flatware set is especially great for taking a casual dining experience and adding a splash of elegance. 

4. Charger Rattan: I love the contemporary-woven style of this charger — perfect for any summer occasion. Plus, they're super easy to take care of — just wipe them down with a moistened cloth! 

5. Home Cedar Condiment Trio: Summertime means hamburgers and hotdogs — and lots of condiments! Bring some flavor to the table with these beautiful soapstone bowls, perfect for any dipping sauce, seasoning or some TLish Dressings

6. BONUS: 11-inch Stoneware Serving Platter: Because Target has so many great finds, I had to include this awesome serving platter too! I love the reactive glaze applied to this piece, which gives it a nice rustic look. Serve your favorite meal (maybe my sweet garlic and chicken skewers) on this plate for an elegant presentation!