Entertaining Essentials – How to decorate your table for any festivity

I love entertaining, and I especially love entertaining for the holidays. Who doesn’t? Ok… a few of you may have just broken out in hives just thinking about it! But here’s the thing, entertaining is a fun way to turn off the television, set down those phones and hook up with friends, neighbors and family to enjoy the cool weather together over a warm meal. In fact, in Feng Shui coming together not only brings us a sense of community, but opens our hearts to meaningful kinship and connection. So much of our spirits have been lost to technology that keeps us isolated and depleted so stop the madness and get together for some food and fun!

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the table settings we’ve put together for you along with places you can find them too!

1. Linens  |  2. Pumpkin Bowl  |  3. Charger  |  4. Dinner Plate  |  5. Salad Plate

Get-togethers can be casual and fun, or elegant and intimate. But I know what you’re thinking, this sounds exhausting, overwhelming and possibly expensive.

Luckily, entertaining doesn’t have to be any of those things. One of our favorite quotes about entertaining:

“A successful dinner party doesn’t demand anything elaborate-just simple food, good company, and a convivial setting” – Real Simple

 1. Linens  |  2. Bowl  |  3. Salad Plate  |  4. Dinner Plate

Some people hear the word “entertaining” and twitch just from the shear thought of trying to be a ‘hostess with the mostess,’ thinking it’s hopeless to even attempt. Well, I am here to tell you that it isn’t impossible, nor is it inconceivable that you can be a great host. Entertaining is definitely an art, but too often a host turns their party into a full time vocation of planning, organizing, baking, and endless shopping to which they feel exhausted before it even begins. Entertaining does not have to be a chore. The whole point of the engagement is to visit with friends, and have fun doing it, right?

One area that most of my clients struggle with the most is not the recipes, or even the overall menu, but putting together a beautiful table! What pieces should you use? How many should you use? What on earth do you do about a center piece?

 1. Salad Plate  |  2. Bowl (sold out) Option  |  3. Dinner Plate  |  4. Placemat

At Gates Interior Design we hear you loud and clear and that’s why we’ve put together this amazing FREE series on how to get your table into tip-top shape, just in time for the holidays.


Click here to gain instant access to Part 2 of this series, showing you a step-by-step guide on how to put everything together! Click here!

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