When it comes to entertaining… I love the over the top decadent and elegant look.
And keeping it easy to create at the same time.
Which means, bringing out those simple entertaining ideas, touches and recipes- that pack a big presentation punch.
Place setting touches
Always a fun little finishing touch- adding a bit of bloom to each place setting.
Layer your plates to add interest.
These are vintage plates layered with new- and it creates such a lovely look at each place setting.
Bring out the good stuff
Of course, bring out and use your fine china, flatware and stemware everyday- but especially on an occasion.
Gilded dishes, your grandmothers china, and detailed stemware and flatware- all have a place in everyday entertaining and on the table. Mix and match for a casual look- or if you have a dozen settings- perfect for repeating down the table for an elegant presentation.
On the Table
Easy and incredible centerpieces are a favorite thing.
And my favorite way to do that is flower overload. I know that probably surprises you.
Some of the easiest arrangements are simply one or two types of flowers. Like these larkspur and delphinium at the book celebration for my book at Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s home. I had shopped their local flower market and picked up the most delightful blooms- all together in this silver container they were stunning.
Or a simple floral garland.
This is viburnum and berry clippings from our yard layered with peach roses. These are just off the floor peach roses I found at our local market- 18 stems for $12. I usually grab more than one if they have 2 of the same color- but it all depends on how much floral you want on the garland- and how long your table is.
You can also take fresh or faux flowers and create a garland centerpiece.
This is one I like to do in 2’s or 3’s depending on the size of the table. It is a stunning presentation.
Of course, pretty table settings and softly colored eggs are always on the agenda for Easter- but the food might be something to think about too. haha. For me, food always comes after the decor, flowers and setting. Anyone else the same way?
Here are a couple favorite and so simple to make recipes that will dazzle your guests. I just made this blackberry brie a couple weeks ago when my dad was here for a visit and it was gobbled up in about 5 minutes.
Simple and a bit savory- this is such an easy recipe to make and the presentation on the table is so lovely.
A cheese board- always a good idea and always a hit. Here are some essentials.
Looking for more?
Check out this round up of 18 ideas.
Happy entertaining everyone!