4 Essentials for Memorable Entertaining {& a giveaway!}

Memorable gatherings

I really enjoy intentional and meaningful entertaining. I love to create a 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.

My friends at the LoveFeast shop always have some very special and inspiring items for entertaining. Some of my personal favorite items from their shop are of course the squishable velvet or linen Plush Pumpkins, the French wine barrel lid platter (it is so useful and really amazing quality!), the Fiddle Bow Knife, and those lovely handcrafted dishes in the photos below (I’m putting those on my Christmas list).

Love Feast Handcrafted Dishes

Wouldn’t these be gorgeous on shelves or on a wall, too?

Love Feast Handcrafted Colored Dishes

Today the LoveFeast girls are offering one lucky reader a special $200 Fall shopping credit to their LoveFeast shop. YAY! Be sure to check out all of their beautiful home decor, too.

To enter, please tell me in the comments about one of your most memorable gatherings (that you’ve hosted or attended!). 

PS. I also did a fun interview with LoveFeast for their blog today, so be sure to go check it out!

This giveaway in sponsored by LoveFeast.

Come back tomorrow for Part 2 of my Fall Home Tour! If you missed Part 1, click here to catch up!

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