Entertaining is about more than just the company, just the food, or just the celebratory event itself. As I get older and have friends over for dinner or host a party, I try to make it more of a special event rather than a last minute occasion. To truly entertain I like to go above and beyond to pull everything together. The drinks should enhance what you are serving, music and lighting can set the mood, appropriate serving ware and food presentations make everyone feel special. Decor doesn’t need to be anything grandiose, a little bit can go a long way. I like to have fresh flowers around the house to bring a little more to the table (literally), but come Fall flowers are not as vibrant as they were throughout the spring and summer.
I saw a picture of a centerpiece consisting of a hurricane with 3 little pumpkins in it and I thought it was so cute and festive for Fall. So I took it a step further and bought a basket full of gourds to fill up the tall flower vase on our buffet. Picking out the gourds was the best part, there are so many shapes, colors, and sizes. To give it more height I added some willow branches I got from the grocery store. I think it turned out pretty nice and it could not have been easier. As long as I don’t get bored with it, I plan to keep it out all the way through Thanksgiving!