The other day, I set a table up in the woods for my husband and I for our anniversary dinner. I brought out some of my favorite simple blush dishes, gold glasses and velvet napkins and then lit the candles and arranged a bouquet of my favorite flowers for the table.
My husband cooked one of our favorite dinners- zoodles & vegetarian chicken parmesan and we sat and enjoyed our special anniversary dinner up by the barn this year.
Graduations, birthdays & anniversaries are among many special occasions that are being celebrated a bit differently this year. While big parties & travel or the usual go to ways to celebrate might not be on the agenda – we can create a special moments and memories right in our own backyard to celebrate those occasions.
A special occasion might make you think of balloons, confetti and a overindulging in delicious desserts. I tend to think of flowers, twinkles and ambiance- and the great outdoors.
Set a table up in the backyard, under that big oak tree or that quiet spot by the garden. In my new book- that was the idea behind it- creating an inspired gathering. Finding inspiration everywhere and pausing to soak it up- to set a table or a picnic in the middle of anywhere and enjoy.
Gather from the garden
If you don’t have fresh flowers on hand- you can order something special to be shipped- many stores are delivering flowers.
But you can also just look outside your door & see what is growing and blooming in the garden. Of course any beautiful flowers you might find- but also look at greenery. Mint, rosemary, branches from a tree- all things you can use to create a charming arrangement. And then put those clippings in a unique container for a special touch or even scatter on the table.
A bit of Magic
Twinkle lights, twinkle trees, twinkle anything… those twinkle lights add that magic. I like to run the string lights above a table- but if you are doing something without branches above- you can string lights along a fence, in a tree in the distance or even right on the table.
Layers of ambiance is what I am talking about with candles. I love to use candles on the table -and a tip with candles is to vary the heights. While a dozen of the same type of candle can make a beautiful impact on the table- staggering those candles at varying heights and styles creates interest and sends more warm light. Always be mindful of safety when using real candles- and use faux if it isn’t safe.
I am a big fan of Sonos – those little speakers that have huge sound and play anywhere and everywhere. So I love to grab one of them for a little music where ever we are. But you can also simply put a favorite play list on your phone and tuck your phone right by the table somewhere. One of our favorites currently on repeat is Best of Mumford & Sons playlist on Amazon Music. So. Good.
Get your fancy pants out
I wore a black dress, my denim jacket and a favorite pair of boots while setting the table. And my husband put on his fancy shoes (aka- not tennis shoes or flip flops) and a button shirt. And we felt darn fancy for the first time in a couple weeks as we sat down at the table.
Just because you are at home celebrating doesn’t make it a robe, slippers and messy bun event. I mean, no judgement if that is what makes you happy. But just putting on something other than my jeans and workout clothes and getting dressed up for dinner made it feel like it was more special.
Simple Moments say a whole lot
Those simple moments- the ones where you put an extra amount of thought or energy into creating- those are what make the memories and last. It isn’t about the gifts – it is about the gift of making someone feel special. And those (some would say) old fashioned ways of celebrating that we have been doing more of recently- are really wonderful in so many ways.
Whatever occasion you are celebrating- it is still a special occasion to be celebrated. Set up a zoom call with friends and family, cook a favorite meal and set a special table & create beautiful memories for someone special. You might find a new favorite way to celebrate everyday occasions as well.
Happy Thursday All.