I’ve always wavered when choosing a favorite season. I’m definitely not a hot weather kind of person, so I wouldn’t say that true summer is tops for me. Spring is too gloomy and wet, while winter is just too damn cold. Fall leads to winter and typically just feels too damn short. But there’s this sweet spot where summer blends into fall that just feels absolutely perfect. That fleeting moment in time is what this rustic tablescape is meant to celebrate. The cooler evenings, the changing product available at the farmers market, even the shift in my decorating color palette.
Before all of the drama of last week and my broken leg (and surgery), I wanted to launch a new series — meet Small Space Entertaining! As the proud owner of #mytinybungalow, I find that I entertain way more than I ever did when I lived in a larger space. I think it’s probably because I own my home and love showing it off to people, even though it’s still in major fixer upper mode. But entertaining in a small space has it’s challenges. To kick off this new series, I decided to set my table for a springtime brunch for 4 and share my inspiration.
I have a confession to make: despite how lovely things look on the blog and on Instagram, I sort of a hot mess behind the scenes. A good example of this (not so) dirty little secret is the fact that I have never owned matching dinnerware. Nope, not even once. I’ve always cobbled together plates and bowls that sort of… go, but aren’t part of a matching set. Then, with all of the photoshoots I do, I have lots of one-offs, plates that don’t match anything. After meeting the lovely folks at Fortessa over wine a few months ago, I reached out to them with this dilemma of mine. Thankfully, they were more than happy to send over the dinnerware of my dreams — crisp, clean whiteware in sophisticated, un-fussy silhouettes that are equally perfect for both everyday and occasion use.
Here in #mytinybungalow things have been getting more and more festive and I’m just so. freaking. excited. about it. I want to share it all with you! Remember when I used to do monthly flower arranging tutorials?? Despite always being my most favorite projects, they somehow fell off of my radar… until now! I’m bringing ’em back and today I’m sharing how I used dried flowers, mini twinkly lights, and white pumpkins for a super simple, eye catching centerpiece for fall or Thanksgiving.
There’s something so simple, yet sweet about gathering around a table with good wine, great food, and interesting people. Recently, Sur la Table and Fortessa teamed up and invited me to the perfect late summer dinner party at DeLille Cellars to do just that! Over sumptuous wine and amazing, locally sourced dishes, we toasted to their newest collaboration, the Schott Zwiesel Air collection of gorgeous glassware. Keep reading to see even more of this beautiful collection, what we drank and ate, and what makes this glassware so special.
When you live in a tiny apartment like me, holiday entertaining can feel daunting. I know the conundrum well: you want to invite over your favorite people for cocktails and small bites, but you feel limited by space. Today I partnered with Pottery Barn to share some casual entertaining tips for the perfect coffee table cocktail party.
To keep things casual, I chose to keep my gathering small and centered around my coffee table. I updated my sofa with a cozy faux sheepskin throw, then added some really sweet holiday pillows. I swapped out my vintage painting for a sparkly garland to make things extra festive, too.
When it comes to entertaining, two of my favorite elements are the twinkly glow of candles and fresh greenery and flowers. I created a casual centerpiece of sorts with two dramatic mercury glass pillar holders. I used natural twine to tie bits of wildflowers and berry branches onto the pillar holders for more of a bohemian vibe. I also filled a double old-fashioned glass with juniper branches — the smell of pine was so perfect! Also, don’t be afraid to pull inspiration from your kitchen. At the last minute, I decided to add a few pears for an unexpected garnish.
I covered my coffee table in a festive table runner and layered on plaid napkins for a pattern-full twist. I also added a bit more twinkle with star-shaped mercury glass votive holders. Don’t you just love the way mercury glass sparkles?
Another important party element? Booze! In this case, I served up some prosecco. I opted to use double old-fashioned glasses so my coffee table party felt more casual. To make the cut glass tumblers feel even more special, I used a bit of metallic ric rac to tie on a berried branch and deep burgundy flower. This is the perfect twist to make prosecco extra special.
The next part is the best — sit back, relax, and enjoy some sips with your guests!To host your own casual coffee table party, here are some of my top picks from Pottery Barn:
Of course, these two couldn’t help but get in on the festive action!
Photography by Ashley Batz
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