How to Be a Great Hostess

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I know I’ve shared all too often that my love of entertaining and all things ‘home’ comes from my gorgeous momma! She really is the ULTIMATE hostess and I still learn so much from her in that regard – well, in everything honestly lol. She is not only skilled at creating the most beautiful events and settings, but she is especially skilled at making special moments. Moments that make all that are present feel welcome and special. That, to me, makes a true hostess.

I wanted to show you a little bit of what I mean. So, I’ve decided to feature my mom, Sharon, on the blog! She created this lovely tablescape as inspiration for you all and shared a bit about her love of entertaining and how to be a great hostess! Hope you enjoy this little Q&A – looking forward to sharing more inspo from her!

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Hostess Q&A with My Mom

Q: Have you always enjoyed entertaining and home decor?

A: Yes ! I have always loved Entertaining, and Home Decor. When designing and decorating our home, I did so with entertaining in mind. Whether for a small intimate affair or a large scale affair, like your Engagement Party the decor would be welcoming.

Q: What is your entertaining style? What is your styling inspiration?

A: Traditional with a touch , OK, more than a touch, of Glamour and Elegance. No matter, the occasion or season the underlying “Style “ is the same. This tablescape was inspired by the cabbage leaf plates. After such a dreary winter, I thought they’d be perfect, for me to “Spring Forward” with…..Green ! Instead of the more traditional blue and white. Adding the yellow and white completed the color story.

Q: What makes a good hostess?

A: A good hostess focuses on giving attention, and paying attention to the little details, customization, that will make each guests feel important and comfortable.

Q: What is the most important thing for a hostess to remember?

A: My mantra, “Love is in the Details” ! Your guests will notice and appreciate your thoughtfulness. Frankly, the whole process of choosing, buying, arranging makes me happy too!

Q: What are your favorite things to host?

A: Hosting family anytime but especially during the holidays, (Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas). Making sure to have on hand each persons favorite, beverage, food, flowers, desserts, etc., and displaying everything well and presenting it all beautifully, of course. I’ve collected silver, china, crystal, for many years and I believe it should be used and enjoyed everyday, not saved for special occasions.

A reminder from Mom:

“When preparing for guests, no matter the occasion, big or small, I’m reminded of an article in Oprah magazine years ago, ‘Opening our homes to the people we care about means sharing the great Joys of Life: Our space, Our time, Our minds, Our hearts’.”

how to be a great hostess, entertaining, summer, seasonal, tablescape, table setting, dinner party

how to be a great hostess, entertaining, summer, seasonal, tablescape, table setting, dinner party

how to be a great hostess, entertaining, summer, seasonal, tablescape, table setting, dinner party

how to be a great hostess, entertaining, summer, seasonal, tablescape, table setting, dinner party

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photos by Anne Kim of Laura Metzler Photography

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