Entertaining is when you showcase not only the food, but you get to set everything up just so. Depending on the time of day or type of the occasion, here's a few things I do to create a feel-good atmosphere:
- Fresh cut flowers on the table and/or candles
- Fun or classy table runners depending on the food served
- Tableware -- I'm partial to white because it highlights the beauty of the food - I do stray though
- A bowl of seasonal fruit and/or some type of light snack
- Good eclectic music
I often joke that I'm kinda like Bree Van de Kamp from Desperate Housewives she was known for throwing the best gatherings/parties. She was so fussy, down right persnickety. Everything had to be just so. For a long time, when I watched the show, I so didn't like her character. I came to realize the reason I didn't like her much was because I'm just like her when it comes to entertaining. Everything has a place. Everything has to be just so.