This week I wrote a guest post for
Toma Clark Haine's blog, The Antiques Diva.
I share some of my secrets about hosting a holiday fete. For the full story, read Hosting Diva Style. Over there I offer seven helpful tips, but mindful of my overall philosophy of keeping it fun and light as well...
I believe entertaining should be fun and certainly stress-free. The most important secret weapon for successfully hosting a fete is to bring creativity to your home, table and cooking. This puts your guests at ease no matter how formal the event, and makes for a festive time for all! "
Now that I have added fabric and wallpaper designer to my resume the past few years as co-owner of root cellar designs, I have another vantage point in design. Textiles are a key way to bring beauty into your home and table, and especially when entertaining.
Susan and I decorated this table at The Hope Lodge fundraising Holiday gala -- we custom created our blue willow fabric pattern in "orange punch" and "sky blue" colors for a holiday table in a Dutch theme. It's a wonder what a bright and vibrant colored table linen can do for your holiday table, and it sets a festive, unexpected tone.