I really enjoy intentional and meaningful entertaining. I love to create an environment where special details are thought out and pretty tables are set, where we’ve picked up our dirty laundry and tidied up the house a bit, but nothing is perfect, intimidating or fancy. The goal for me in entertaining isn’t entertaining people (because let’s be honest, I’m not all that talented or funny) but rather setting up the time and experience for meaningful connection to take place.
Here are four of my entertaining essentials:
1. Pretty Centerpieces.
Whether I’m using what I have from around the house or creating something seasonal, I always try to set the table with something pretty and unique.
2. Eclectic Mix of Dishes.
I don’t own a complete set of any dishes, but I think a mix is what makes it fun, informal and imperfect. I collect various white dishes and they work well with just about any other dishes that I find. I like to pick up a few special, seasonal, colored or patterned plates or serving dishes to mix in for different occasions. It’s fun to have pretty dishes for display on the wall, on my open shelves, and in glass cabinets, too.
3. Tasty Food.
Even though I’m no gourmet chef, I do love to eat! So sharing good food together is one of the most important parts of a great gathering. We usually set up a fun theme and make even simple food a memorable part of the occasion.
4. A Festive Mood.
It’s fun to create a festive mood to help everyone to relax, feel welcomed and set the tone for a memorable time together.