April 18, 2016

By: Jeremiah Brent

JBWell, it’s mid-April guys, which means tax season is wrapping up. I don’t know about the rest of you, but this time of year always leaves me feeling like I’ve had the wind knocked out of me, and well…taxed.

While most aren’t running out to refurnish their entire home, and the meals out might be less frequent, it’s actually the  perfect time to host a dinner party at home. I believe that meals at home are some of the most important times as a family.

My husband and I always try to create a ceremony around every meal, and I encourage you to do the same with your loved ones.

Dinner parties are a fantastic way to not only connect with friends and family, but to create special and intimate memories that last. While the actual food is obviously vital, in my home (and in my strong opinion) an amazing tablescape is of equal, if not greater, value.

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It sets the stage for your meal and is both the first and last impression that your guests will have.

I have a few suggestions that I hope will help with your next soirée.

Make it Personal: Find interesting and unique ways to make each dinner different. Recently, instead of place cards I put funny photos of each guest on their place setting in beautiful silver frames.

The photos sparked laughter and conversation, and every guest got to take them home as a little item to remember the dinner.

Mix it Up: Metals, fabrics, textures, decorative items — mix and match! Like design, there are no rules to setting your table. I believe the final product should feel like a collection of different items that all come together to showcase you and your style. Worried about it looking too haphazard? If you keep your color palette tight, it will feel right. Yeah…I said that.

Spread it Out: Diana Vreeland famously said “the eye has to travel,” and I feel that way about a dinner party. Have cocktails stationed in another room of the house, then move to a brand new space and energy for dinner. Not only will you save yourself from setting up and cleaning up in the middle of the party, but your guests will feel a flow to the evening.

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Image via Harper’s Bazaar

Living well has nothing to do with living expensively. Some of my most prized and memorable moments have been sitting around the table with the people I love the most, and even people I didn’t know well before that dinner. With that in mind, let’s use the end of tax season as a chance to reconnect with loved ones and rethink our time in, and out, of our home.

So…don’t you have a table to start setting?!

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