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Simple Gatherings

Click here for Simple Gatherings on Amazon

Greetings, friends!

I‘m pretty tickled to let you in on some BIG news today. On October 3, my newest baby will be released into the world (and hopefully find its way to your home!).

Friends, meet this special little book called Simple Gatherings.

Simple Gatherings is about how to host a memorable gathering for friends and family. But don’t worry. You can check perfection and intimidation at the door because this book isn’t about hosting a Pinterest-worthy party.

  • Simple Gatherings is about creating an experience that will draw people together.
  • From preparing your home and menu to setting the atmosphere and table, you’ll find simple tips for hosting any event.
  • Learn how to help guests feel welcome and comfortable in your home.
  • Discover ways to spark connection and conversation so everyone feels at ease (including yourself as a hostess!).
  • Find featured gathering ideas, creative activities, and special touches to make gatherings memorable!
Simple Gatherings

This sweet book on simple hospitality has been in the works for quite awhile, but it is one I’ve been especially eager to share with you.

YOU are a big reason Simple Gatherings exists.

You see, this book came to be because you’ve chosen to gather here with me, on this blog. Many of you have been gathering here for over ten years! Some of you have just recently found your way here, but your presence is welcomed and treasured just the same.

Every time we gather here, I feel uplifted by your kindness. I feel blessed by your support. As I’ve gotten to know you, you’ve become my friends.

I look forward to seeing your name and thoughtful comments when we gather here as much as I look forward to seeing friends around my table. That is what gatherings of friends is all about!

So friends, I want to thank you for gathering with me here day after day, week after week, year after year. I feel like I am among friends. I hope you feel like you belong here, too.

Simple Gatherings
Simple Gatherings

Simple Gatherings joins my four other books:

Love the Home You Have
The Inspired Room
Make Room for What You Love
Simple Decorating

(and of course, The Inspired Room Coloring Book!) 

You can order Simple Gatherings and find more about all of my books here.

Simple Gatherings
Simple Gatherings

You can order Simple Gatherings on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Simple Gatherings
Simple Gatherings
Simple Gatherings

This growing stack of books is because YOU gathered here! <3

Simple Gatherings

Thank you for the support, friends. I love you more than pumpkin flavored everything (source: dishtowel).

Simple Gatherings

Click here to find my entertaining and tabletop decor favorites on Amazon!

Sources for above: Turkish towel (many color options, love using these as tablecloths!) // Teal Matte Dinnerware // Simple Gatherings Book // Wood Pedestal with Handle // 2 Tiered Wooden Tray // Matte Porcelain Dinner Dishes // Bamboo Rattan Cup with Handle // Brass Taper Candle Holder Set up Two // Sage Green Pedestal // Blue and White Ticking Striped Cloth Napkins // White Marble Acacia Wood Round Cheeseboard // Stainless Steel Gold Flatware // Farmhouse Ceramic Pitcher // Marble and Acacia Wood Cookbook Holder and Serving Board // Woven Rattan Napkin Holder // White Porcelain Pitcher // Blue Taper Candles (many color options) // Gray and White Striped Cloth Napkins


  1. laura

    How exciting Melissa! It was so great to be a part of your small group at Haven.
    Our very good friends are moving to Seattle as I type! laura

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you, Laura! It was so great to have you in the group. Hope you are well and that your friends like it here as much as we do!

  2. Colleen

    I just purchased your new book. Congratulations! I was unable to download my ebook bundle into my regular library. It seems that I would have to use a proprietary reader. The ebook was distorted and almost unreadable in this format. Am I missing something, or can I just download my bundle into kindle or iBooks? Thanks for your generous offer. All the best!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Oh dear! You should be able to download it to any reader! But I can check with my publisher tomorrow and help you get it to a readable format. I’ll message you as soon as I know. Thank you!

      • Misty Lynn

        Same issue/question. Thanks for checking on this.

          • Crystal

            same issue… so bummed :-(

  3. Christine

    Hi Melissa, Congrats on the new book! I’m in FL and have had to evacuate and will now have to evacuate again as it’s changed course again. It’s very worrying with children and dogs in tow, but it’s nice to have a small distraction like your blog, thanks for thinking of us! All the best,

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Oh, Christine!! So scary!

      You’re in my prayers for sure, stay safe! Let us know how you are when you’re through this, we are thinking of you. XO

  4. susan

    OH MY WORD!!! This is amazing – congratulations!! I will be grabbing my copy – cannot wait to start hosting more folks in our little home and learning some tips from you!!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you, Susan. It’s so much fun to dream about how cozy and inviting your new home will be! I’m living vicariously through your adventure. Can’t wait to start seeing photos!

  5. Misty Lynn

    I just bought the Kindle version of your new book and filled out the info for the free ebooks. Now I’m impatiently waiting for the email to access the older ebooks and October for the new book. I’ve checked out your books from the library and I’m so excited to have my own digital copies. Thank you for this amazing deal.

  6. Linda

    What if we want all the books, including Simple Gatherings, as ebooks? Is there an opportunity for that?

  7. Sheneela Akram

    Many congratulations! So happy for you and so excited to get this book. Just went through the book details on amazon and I cannot tell you how much I love it. I got LOVE THE HOME YOU HAVE about two years ago when my father visited USA. This book was the first thing on my mind when dad asked me if I wanted something from there. It has been sitting on my book shelf ever since and I love going though it time and again. I know same thing would happen with SIMPLE GATHERINGS. Your writing truly radiates love — thank you so much for authoring these books, they are amazing. Much love your way!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Ahh, Sheneela, you are so sweet! Thank you for such kind and heartfelt encouragement. It meant so much to me! xoxxo

  8. Kristen Hill

    I took you up on your generous offer but never received the email for the free ebooks after entering in my order number…..hmmm……

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      I’ve sent your message to my publisher and we’ll get it sorted out for you! Thanks for letting me know.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hi Kristen, just following up on the issue you had with the ebooks. Hopefully it’s resolved now, but if not you can contact [email protected] and they will help you out! :) Thanks again!

  9. Joanna

    I have all your books and will be ordering this one also. My only “complaint” is that they aren’t all the same size. My perfectionism likes them that way from the same author. :) Am off to pre-order this one now. Yay!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thanks! <3 Oh yes....they are designed to be grouped as different "sets" --- each set of books is at a different size and price point for different markets. :) Now i guess we need the collectors fancy boxes sets! Ha! Thank you, Joanna.

  10. Mary

    Such a great deal, Melissa! I so love your books, and it will be good to have the ebooks as well as my hard copies! I received my code from you to download the ebook bundle, but when I follow the link in the email, the page to input the code flashes just for a nano second on my screen and then the page goes completely blank. Anyone else have this problem? I’ve never seen anything like this happen before. I tried the link over and over and always the same blank page result.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you so much, Mary! I so appreciate your support. Sorry for your trouble, if you could just send a quick note to [email protected] they will be able to solve it for you and get you all fixed up with the ebooks! xoxo

  11. Rita Davidson

    Ohhh my I missed your news Melissa. Congratulations on your new book ohhh it must be so exciting! ( which reminds me I have to get back to writing mine!) lol
    Your books are beautiful and SOO timely and practical for today.
    Blessings to you!
    Rita xxo ;)

  12. Sue Davies


    I was excited to see your dutch door featured on the Southern Living under These Dutch Doors Are the Epitome of Southern Charm at the Southern that I subscribe to. Just in case you haven’t seen it yet. So cute to see your two dogs also. I recognized it right away!

    Sue in Fl

  13. andrea d Ellis

    Hi Melissa, I have purchased your book and never received the ebook links. I contact the support email you suggested and haven’t heard a word. Still love your blog, just sad.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hi Andrea, I’ll have the publisher contact you. Did you fill out the form with your purchase code? Either way, they’ll be able to sort it out! So sorry!

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