The art of entertaining is, and always has been, the host’s prerogative. The host or hostess sets the stage from the invitation being sent and is the artist and creator throughout the event. Often times we have grand and beautifully wonderful ideas of what we would like our child’s party to be like, or our husband’s birthday, or even a cozy tea with friends, but find that there is not enough time with so much going on. While it does seem that the world only continues to spin faster, the need to surround ourselves with friends and family is very important. Do take a few minutes to plan a date for that important milestone, holiday or birthday. You will most likely be glad you did!
*This is and example of a mix-and-match table setting set to ensure you that you do not need to have an entire set of your favorite crystal and china to be an amazing host or hostess! Work with what you have and you will be surprised at what you can create. We simply pulled patterns that compliment one another. Try it at your own home!
And while we are on the topic of entertaining, we couldn’t be more excited to kick off the first installment of several posts to come on tangible advice to save and use in your everyday life, especially when it comes to sticking with your vision of friends and family laughing and enjoying themselves at a get together hosted by you, in your own home! This blog series has numerous contributors, which further illustrates the point that surrounding yourself with individuals who build you up and who are there for you is always worthy of a “party” – even if that party is a party of two.
For a party of two or an elegant wedding of 200+, we will cover various events and fill you in on details that you might expect upon receiving that particular event invitation or if you are hosting the party yourself! From the attire, place setting, menu and more, let’s get this blog series started!
If you happened to attend our recent At Home: Entertaining with Ease Event at Bering’s on Bissonnet, we thank you for stopping by and hope that you were as inspired by our featured guests as we were and that you left with an added zip of motivation to carry out what you learned in your own home. Our featured guests were definitely the value add and the true call to action to attend the event. However, we were told by some valued customers that Saturdays prove to be difficult to attend our events due to more important family demands. We understand and appreciate the feedback, so are hoping to keep everyone in the loop with this blog series on entertaining with ease!
Our first blog post is the Bridal Luncheon. Please enjoy some information about what you might expect should you decide to host, or are invited to one!
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THE BRIDAL LUNCHEON IS A WONDERFUL WAY FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO GET TOGETHER AND HONOR A BRIDE-TO-BE. IT CAN BE HELD IN A PRIVATE HOME OR AT A RESTAURANT OR SOCIAL CLUB AND LASTS, TYPICALLY, NO MORE THAN TWO HOURS. THE DÉCOR SHOULD BE BRIDAL IN NATURE – FRESH FLOWERS OR FRUIT, BRIGHT COLORS AND SOFT FABRICS.
THE EVENT CONSISTS OF A FULL MEAL, SERVED EITHER BUFFET OR PLATED.
FOR THE BUFFET, A GOOD SELECTION OF SALADS, PASTAS AND LIGHT BITES SHOULD BE SERVED. DRINK STATIONS CAN BE ADDED TO THE BUFFET LINE TO AVOID TAKING TIME AWAY FROM YOUR GUESTS TO REFILL BEVERAGES.
FOR THE SEATED LUNCHEON, THE FOOD SHOULD BE LIGHT AND LADY-LIKE AND INCLUDE A SALAD, AN ENTRÉE SUCH AS CHICKEN OR FISH AND A SELECTION OF DELICATE DESSERTS. AS THESE EVENTS ARE OFTEN HELD IN A VENUE WITH A FULL STAFF, LUNCH AND DRINKS WILL BE SERVED BY WAIT-STAFF.
APPETIZERS OR FINGER SANDWICHES
CHEESE AND CRACKERS
CRUDITÉ OR FRUIT SALAD
COLD SALAD – EGG, POTATO OR PASTA
MIXED GREEN SALAD – WITH CHOICE OF DRESSINGS
ENTRÉE – FISH OR CHICKEN
SELECTION OF DESSERTS, SUCH AS MACAROONS, CUPCAKES OR SMALL PASTRIES
BEVERAGES CAN INCLUDE LEMONADE, ICED TEA OR PUNCH. ALCOHOL IS TYPICALLY NOT SERVED AT LUNCHEON, THOUGH YOU MAY CHOOSE TO ADD CHAMPAGNE TO THE PUNCH.
JOIN US FOR A
AND HER BRIDESMAIDS
SATURDAY, APRIL ELEVENTH AT TWELVE O’CLOCK
Small Blessings Café
9458 TURTLEDOVE TREE LANE • HOUSTON, TEXAS
A final thanks to the featured guests included below for making this blog series possible. From left to right on the front row: Lady Virginia, Helen Perry, and last but not least, Bering’s Stationery Founder, Ben Whitley!