A bright new year ahead calls for sparkle and celebration, and this year is no exception. Traditionally on New Year’s Eve, we enjoy meeting friends at one of our favorite restaurants in Dallas. The children join too, and it’s a festive evening filled with cocktails and Shirley Temples, incredible Mexican food, and lots of laughter. Given this year is a bit different, we’ve decided to celebrate the end of 2020 at home with a special dinner, games, movies, Champagne and sparkling cider for the boys. Confetti, noisemakers, and dazzling hats and glasses will make it a night to remember!
For those of you also staying home, I wanted to share a dreamy starry night inspired evening made for this occasion. Complete with glittery slippers, embroidered cocktail napkins and even whimsical blue and white plates, this is a cozy New Year’s Eve celebration of my dreams. Whether you will be with family, friends, or solo this holiday, I wish you healthy, happiness and everything wonderful in 2021!
While I can only dream of entertaining again someday when the world is a healthier place (and believe me, I am ready when the time comes!), we have been setting the table every night and every Sunday morning for brunch. I find such joy in picking out the napkins and placemats, and creating not just a meal for my family, but amemory. A memory I hope will bring them endless happiness and even inspiration! More now than ever, it is these precious moments with loved ones that are the most magical. Whether you live on your own or with a family of two, four or six people, setting the table with lovely linens, flowers and silverware transforms a meal from ordinary to extraordinary.
During the week, dinner is our meal of choice to sit down as a family, however on the weekends Sunday brunch is a sacred event. I make waffles or pancakes, depending upon the boy’s requests, as well as chicken apple sausage and bacon, fresh fruit, and coffee. We all gather around the table – often in our pajamas! – and have a leisurely brunch, listening to music, talking about our plans for the day, and savoring every maple syrup drenched bite.
When setting the table for our family (or a relaxed yet beautiful meal with friends), I often choose block print linens, like these stunning ones from Pomegranate Inc. I instantly fell in love with the Gaya Cobalt’s blue and white design – my favorite color combination and one you can find throughout our home – and adore how these linens elevate any occasion. The pattern feels rich with history as its namesake suggests, and there is something so effortlessly charming about the matching napkin and tablecloth.
Layering different colors, patterns and textures brings a table setting to life and adds such visual interest. In this setting, I mixed and matched the coordinating cotton linens with the natural raffia placemats and napkin rings. Raffia evokes feelings of sunshine drenched dining on breezy summer days, and so it felt only fitting to choose them for this setting. The deep blue border on the raffia placemats and napkin rings perfectly ties everything together. You can recreate this look on your own (with flatware and glassware of your choice), and find everything on Pomegranate Inc.‘s site in this bespoke Pom Box that I curated for them. Be it for a family brunch or a celebratory dinner, complete with flickering votive candles and pretty glassware. Pomegranate Inc. was also gracious enough to provide MBB readers with a special code – BUNS0720 – which can be redeemed with a $75 or more purchase for a gorgeous blue and white apron – exactly what every hostess needs!
The finishing touch to any table is flowers. Hydrangeas, peonies, ranunculus, roses, dahlias, tulips and whispers of cheerful chamomile blooms are among my favorites. For this setting I chose pale blue hydrangeas, as I love their volume and soft color. Remember, flowers complement the setting, so have fun with them! You can opt for a tight pave arrangement with roses nestled close to each other, or a series of small vases filled with earthy blooms reminiscent of wildflowers. The options are endless!
My favorite part of this beautiful tablescape was how it brought my family together and made Sunday brunch feel oh so special. And of course, I am already daydreaming about my next table setting :).
In case you need some extra inspiration for your Fourth of July celebration on Saturday, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite red, white, and blue entertaining essentials. Just because America’s birthday might look different than years past, it’s still a time to celebrate and make this holiday one to remember!
Set a patriotic table with miniature flags, chekered linens and charming serving pieces; cook a summer inspired meal of grilled and fresh foods; and even bake a sweet cherry pie if the mood strikes! Whether you’re with your immediate family or a small group of friends, you can create a Fourth of July that everyone will love.
We will be celebrating with family and making our traditional dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs, and I bought these classic flag sweaters for the boys which will be so festive and cute!