The Gift of Gathering + a Giveaway

The Gift of Gathering + a Giveaway

Fall is a wonderful season to practice hospitality. Who doesn’t love to gather together to eat a yummy meal and feel the warmth and love of a community?

Today I have such a fun announcement and giveaway for you! My friend Bre Doucette from the blog Rooms For Rent has released a beautiful book on tablescapes called The Gift of Gathering! She has a heart for hospitality and the creative gift for setting a lovely table for all the right reasons. A table that is not set to impress, but to bless those who gather there.

When I think about setting a pretty table that blesses others, I think of my mom. She has always made it a priority to set our family’s holiday tables (and for other events, too!) in such a welcoming, pretty and creative way.

Even when my sister and I were younger, I remember walking into the dining room for a special family get-together and feeling so delighted by the beauty of the table and the ambience she and my dad created for us.

The Gift of Gathering + a Giveaway

Bre shares in the book about the many benefits in planning ahead for a gathering (both for the hostess and the guests!). Rather than being uptight or stressed out by our own lack of preparation, planning ahead helps us to open the door ready to focus on welcoming our guests and putting them at ease. I couldn’t agree more!

Of course, setting a pretty table isn’t by any means a requirement to be hospitable, but it can add such a meaningful touch to a special gathering!

The Gift of Gathering + a Giveaway

The Gift of Gathering is a beautiful full color hardback book featuring tablesetting and hospitality tips, recipes and inspiration for how to set creative tables for special gatherings. I have already learned so many tips from her book! You’ll love it!

You might remember that a couple of years back I wrote a book on hospitality called Simple Gatherings. My book is a small high quality softcover book with color photos. It’s full of my simple tips and helpful ideas for hosting gatherings, including 50 ways to inspire more meaningful connections for your guests. Extra fun fact, Bre’s book was published by my same publisher, Harvest House!

Enter a fun giveaway below to win some of Bre’s favorite tablescape items! Then visit the others on the book tour to gain additional entries.

These lovely pieces are inspired from the Summer Elegant Gathering in the book!

4 piece setting of  antique silverware from Anthropologie!
A marble cake stand
Weathered wood bread board
4 blue goblets
Set of 6 mercury glass votives
4 blue linen napkins
Farmhouse pitcher
16 piece dinnerware set

The Gift of Gathering + a Giveaway

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Get additional entries at the following blogs:

Monday 9/30 – Bre @ Rooms FOR Rent blog

Wednesday 10/2 – Traci @ Beneath My Heart

Friday 10/4 – Melissa @ The Inspired Room

Monday 10/7 – Lucy @ Craftberry Bush

Tuesday 10/8 – Karianne @ Thistlewood Farms

Order your copy of The Gift of Gathering HERE!

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Come to the Seattle Home Show next weekend (October 12-13)!

Speaking of gathering people in our home, it’s the season for crossing off a few home projects before the holidays!

My family and I and are going to the Seattle Home Show next weekend!

There will be lots of new home products, experts and even live cooking demonstrations.

If you’re in the area you can grab your tickets and get the details at the Seattle Home Show website! It would be so fun to bump into you there, so if you’re going, say HI! :)

10 Stylish Items for Holiday Entertaining

10 Stylish Items for Holiday Entertaining

Sponsored by Ross Dress for Less

Opening your home for holiday entertaining is a special way to celebrate the season (as we talked about yesterday!). While a good old fashioned sit down dinner is wonderful, a buffet table is really fun to put together and makes it easy to have as many guests as you’d like! Whether you prefer sit down dinners or buffet lines, make the experience more memorable by setting your table with style.

10 Stylish Items for Holiday Entertaining

10 Stylish Items for Holiday Entertaining

You know me, making things look pretty and feel festive for my guests is half the fun of hosting an event. I love to collect lovely things that can inspire the decor and can make even the most simple food feel like a gourmet feast. But because we don’t have a lot of storage, I try to mostly collect serving pieces that will work in more than one season or type of event.

If you are new to entertaining or just haven’t collected what you might need to set up a pretty holiday table, today I’m offering my own list of 10 holiday entertaining serving pieces I’d recommend. If you think entertaining with style will be expensive, think again! I certainly don’t believe you have to spend a fortune to set up a classy holiday party. In fact, I found all of the pieces I’ll share today for around $100 at our local Ross Store last week. I always find stylish on-trend pieces at Ross, saving 20-60% on the same brands carried in department stores.

So what types of pieces would make a holiday table more special?

10 Stylish Items for Holiday Entertaining

10 Stylish Items for Holiday Entertaining

Here is my list of 10 items I’d include on my holiday entertaining wish list:

1. Tiered server

2. Marble cheese board

3. Wood bread cutting / serving board

4. Salad bowl

5. Salad server utensils

6. Assorted large spoons, forks, and knives

7. Votive holders for ambience

8. Linens (napkins, tablecloths, table runner)

9. Appetizer tray 

10. Tableware (plates, flatware and glasses)

10 Stylish Items for Holiday Entertaining

10 Stylish Items for Holiday Entertaining

10 Stylish Items for Holiday Entertaining

10 Stylish Items for Holiday Entertaining

10 Stylish Items for Holiday Entertaining

Can you believe that for only about $100 at Ross you can make a holiday table feel this festive and pretty?  

I found the items listed and featured today at my local Ross store last week! Check out the latest items and budget-friendly decor at your local Ross store (find a Ross store near you at as well as check out their latest styles on Facebook and Instagram.

What are your favorite tips for setting up a festive ambience for a party?