My grandmother, who is 99 now, loved to host and had entertaining down after many years of doing it. Her organization allowed her to throw parties for any number, at any given moment. Drawers held napkins that were organized by color and sets and recipes were already in double and tripled versions for more guests.
This book touches on ideas for brunches, the perfect cheese plate, playlists, hostess gifts, and cute tips on how to put a quirky twist on any party. There’s even how to serve takeout on fine china. The ideas and inspiration from this book are copious and I recommend this book if you’re in a hosting slump. Love it.
Last, but not least, this gem by designer Lela Rose… If you aren’t familiar with Lela check out her gorgeous clothing. She’s all about pretty and her dresses are literally little works of art. They are special occasion and aspirational clothes for sure and her party book is along those lines….
I went crazy for the fabric below for my Chinese takeout dinner. Sometimes just finding a really cool fabric is all you need to get going on a party theme. I added gold lanterns found at Orchard Supply of all places, and bought some small orchids in pink tones there as well. By the way, you need not sew the tablecloths. I have used Stitch-Witchery and ironed the hems, but this time I just cut the fabric and threw them on the tables. No one was judging I think.
We bought a banana cake from my favorite bakery, Icing on the Cake and topped it with a dahlia bought for $4 at Bunches flower shop. It has an ombre look almost. I would do this again, so easy and lovely!
On another note, did you know the people who live longest in this world, from an island in Greece regularly get together with friends every night? They believe the nightly socialization is part of why the live so long!
Happy weekend and invite someone over…even if it’s for takeout. 😀