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The well-heeled hostess most always has a fresh & fragrant vase of flowers adorning her tabletop when guests arrive.
And the most skilled, as Martha Stewart has reinforced for us, bring those blooms in straight from their very own gardens. Nothing finer than a beautiful burst of flowers and foliage, still moist from the morning dew, fresh-cut and displayed for all to enjoy.
My Nana was known for her beautiful rose gardens. From red to pink to white, from fragrant climbing roses to towering Queen Annes, all giving off the most beautiful aroma that surely could be sniffed throughout the neighborhood.
The art of growing a garden is simply an heirloom treasure in itself. Learning to appreciate the time honored tradition of nurturing for and tending to a delicate rose garden, a rewarding craft that reaps beautiful rewards for entertaining a lovely home.
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Nothing says thoughtful when entertaining guests like a single unexpected touch in some form or fashion.
Whether it’s in the presentation, the meal, a takeaway or simply an experience during the gathering – an unexpected touch is a simple way to show your guests you care.
My personal favorite is something quirky that reflects your own style or something that ties into the occasion for the gathering.
Rock candy is a perfect touch for me. Colorless, fun, somewhat organic, throwback & sweet, with a hint of whimsy … and certainly unexpected for whatever the gathering!
What will your unexpected touch be at your next gathering?
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After a recent trip to the oh-so-wonderful land of Serenbe, I remembered the importance & significance of a good tour – an essential piece to artfully entertaining your guests.
My tour consisted of a walk on foot around the beautiful Georgia organic farm community and an explanation of each of the buildings on the property, when they were built, stories from childhood, flora & fauna, and happenings of past events on property.
Whether you’re touring your guests across your land, or simply hosting a dinner party, remember to share with them an artful tour of your home. Share with them the story behind a painting on your wall, or your vast collection of books, or the trials & tribulations of your garden. Make it inclusive, make it a story. Share yourself and your home with your guests on your tour and it will surely be something they remember and treasure about their experience with you!
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Perfect for entertaining, you’ll be hard pressed to find a fine gourmet shop that doesn’t carry the wonderful Bella Cucina line of gourmet “artful foods.”
The rustic foods are dedicated to preserving the passion & tradition of Italian foods, and founder Alisa Barry has developed a wonderful treasure in her line of rich spreads, crackers & entertaining goods.
The packaging is clean & simply beautiful, and you can be confident serving your guests as the foods seem to be lovingly hand-prepared which makes for an impressive spread. From Meyer lemon dessert spreads, to Italian flatbread, to artichoke lemon or sweet Vidalia onion pestos. And I must say, the Virginia-Highlands shop in Atlanta is possibly the biggest treat of all – a must to visit and soak in the experience.
Treat your guests to the artful passion with the simple elegance and hearty tastes of Bella Cucina at your next gathering.
A must-have for entertaining is a breadth of entertaining pieces from which to serve your guests.
From stands to platters to dishes, presentation is 90% of the effort. So, one of my favorite entertaining pieces is a glass bell cloche. WHAT a lovely & versatile little piece this is!
Makes for a great centerpiece on a table with a plant or potted herb inside, wonderful for setting atop a rustic cutting board and serving cheese beneath, and simply divine for desserts like cupcakes with fluffy white icing. Even a candle setting would be delightful in one of these cloches.
If you don’t have one, you simply must run right out and find one today. Be sure to search & scour for the most unique & wonderful one you can find. And let me know how else you’ve found to use yours for entertaining!
When entertaining, you should always have a hot drink to offer your guests, especially as this winter chill lingers on and on and on.
A wonderful heirloom treat that you just don’t see often enough in kitchens today is the tea kettle. Whether you’re offering hot tea or cocoa, the kettle heats up your cup of delight to the perfect temperature, but the most wonderful part is the whistle it gives off when it’s done.
What a throwback treat to bring back into everyday use! It is sure to leave a lasting and memorable impression on your guests.
The tradition of Ladies Brunch continues!
After a wonderful gathering of about 25 ladies, and an amazing spread of brunch fare – what a wonderful thing to have our monthly ladies brunch back yet again.
The spread included an array of casseroles – from french toast, to egg & brie, to hasbrown. Beautiful chocolate covered strawberries, olive tapenade, and yummy fresh baked breakfast breads. And a new spin to our traditional mimosas were a touch of peach or pomegrante additions that made the drinks such a delight!
Entertaining never tasted so good!