Many of us want to have people over, but honestly, it’s a bit of a hassle at times, right? By the time you clean your house, make a pretty table, cook for everyone, buy the flowers … add that to a weekend filled with activities and it can seem too daunting to even consider. But it doesn’t have to be. Make your food the day before and the gathering suddenly becomes just a little easier. Yes, make-ahead recipes are your golden ones for busy seasons. Invite friends for an afternoon lunch, maybe on a Sunday, and you can still get to bed on time to start your week fresh … with no hangover!
Today, we partnered with 12th Table, with offices in Jackson Hole, WY, and Nashville, TN. They plan parties ranging from large weddings and galas to smaller affairs, like intimate birthday dinners. As they also rent supplies, including dishes and furniture, have a florist on staff and have gorgeous studio space, they were the perfect partner to create this dreamy table that you can emulate at home. We also created five make-ahead recipes which made for one delicious menu.
For today’s weekend lunch celebration, we wanted to create a setting with a table that would call people to it and beg them to linger longer. We didn’t want it stuffy or formal, but we did want it to feel special. “Understated elegance,” as 12th Table likes to say. Consider hosting this outdoors in warmer weather — you CAN drag your indoor furniture to the grass for a gathering (or rent some)! — or make it cozy indoors if it’s too cold. But turn on the music, take time out of your chaotic schedule and give cheers to one of the most important things in our life: good friends and family.
Everything here can be made the day before.
So go ahead, invite some friends over! Go all out by hiring a company to help you or do it yourself. But at the end of day, you need some eye-to-eye time with your besties, so make a date!
- The elegant and amazing floral design, dishes, furniture, studio and styling: 12th Table
- Tasty champagne: RED Spirits & Wine
- Make ahead recipes:
- Gorgeous photography: Jamie Clayton