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O F G A T H E R I N G S
This is a collection of inspiration & insights from my year of tables. Of meals cooked. Of celebration. Of tables styled & tables shared. A year of finding an extended family through small gatherings.
physical + emotional + spiritual
it's about S U S T E N A N C E
& S I M P L I C I T Y
S H A R E
A meal inspired by the season, by a morning of berry picking or the spoils of your garden
G R E E N E R Y & B L O S S O M S
d i n e
& throw parties for nothing. Because the "nothing" days are everything.
Meet new friends
GET FAMILY FOR LIFE
It takes a village...
You don't have to go it alone. The work of treating others to a special meal is best shared.
A little something...
Set the table with small gifts like these sage smudge sticks
THE LOW CENTERPIECE
lets the real centerpiece of the meal shine: conversation flowing & relationships blossoming
Gathering is about connecting, not impressing
L I N G E R
The conversation always goes deep around the witching hour
This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopefully, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive. A L I C E W A T E R S
Freshly baked bread is a simple gesture , and it smells like a faded memory of ignorant bliss & tastes just as sweet. Bread is safety, home, love.
Get to know a country through its tables, farm stalls, and regional flavors
B E L O C A L
where ever you go
To gather when traveling
IS TO NEST ABROAD
P I C N I C
The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: Even the simplest food is a gift. L A U R I E C O L V I N
Try letting vibrant plates of food served family style be the star of the table
N E U T R A L S
ask people what they love to do instead of what they do
F O R G E T
is all at once balm, reward, and reason for a hard day's work.
A HOME-COOKED MEAL
A Southern inspired front porch supper, a heaven in the midst of toil.
the new-fashioned way. Keep it simple & earthy instead of buying synthetic decor. Try home made favors, fresh greenery & flowers, and handmade & found tableware instead.
B I R T H D A Y S
in your own backyard with decor & food inspired by the places you dream of.
T R A V E L
It can be
G R A N D
in the end all you need to gather is real food & real people.
H U M B L E
Or, it can be
HAVE SOMEONE OVER FOR DINNER THIS WEEK
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