The Successful Hosting Series: Paperless Post

Part of being a proper host includes sending out a proper invitation for your get together. You could be throwing together an easy, mid-week dinner party or a full-blown soirée. Regardless of the occasion or level of effort going into your preparation, a quick invitation always adds a certain level of excitement and anticipation for your guests. Paperless Post makes this so, so simple. I promise you— the hardest part will be narrowing down your favorites.

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The Successful Hosting Series: Reviewing Food52

Food52 just gets me. And by “gets me,” I mean understands me to my core, knows all of my weaknesses, and somehow makes me wish I had an extra $450 around to spend on copper nesting bowls. Seriously. COPPER NESTING BOWLS. Who actually, genuinely needs those? Nobody, really. But that’s precisely the point. You don’t realize you need them until you see them… and at that point, they just can’t be unseen.

You know those classic getting-to-know-you questions… Where are you from? What do you do for a living? What do you enjoy doing with your spare time? Okay, that last one… If we are being honest, my answer is shopping for everything home. Because when I have free time, I like to go online and put EVERYTHING in my cart. I watch the total creep up higher and higher, but here’s the catch: I don’t click “Proceed to Checkout.” Okay, I usually don’t click it. On the occasions when I can’t resist, it’s always a calculated decision… or it’s a spontaneous decision for something pretty amazing.

So when I tell you that Food52 just gets me, just take a moment to digest that and realize this is coming from a person who keeps her phone bedside so she can peruse the worldwide web at night for table linens and serveware… you know, all the essentials.

Full disclosure: I have 36 items in my Food52 cart right now approaching the $2,000 mark.

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LJL-SHS Reviewing Food52All items are sourced from Food52

(1) Milk Bottle Match Striker

(2) Pewter Straining Spoon

(3) Porcelain Herb Flower Pot

(4) Porcelain Enamelware Nesting Bowls

(5) Wire Clips

(6) Porcelain Spoon Rest

(7) Brass Napkin Holder

(8) Gold-Dipped Serving Bowls

(9) Walnut Cutting Board

The Successful Hosting Series: All About Napkins

Does anyone else have a compulsive problem with napkins?

Napkins, yes. I go weak for napkins. If I were to hand my laptop to you, you’d find a browser history full of searches for “linen napkins.” Lie beside me at bedtime and you can observe as I scroll through hundreds of results on Etsy for an hour straight. I have a genuine, serious, bonafide issue.

Let me preface this by saying that shopping for anything that is related to home or entertaining generally excites me. Whether I’m looking for an olivewood serving bowl or a set of linen hemstitch napkins, I’m all in— mentally, emotionally, financially.

The issue part of this napkin situation comes into play with the variety. There are the classic white, monogrammed linen napkins for your buttoned-up Sunday dinners. There are light blue and white seersucker ones for your outdoor summer barbecues. There are sets of linen ones with fringe edges, stitched edges, and scalloped edges. Some are embroidered, and some are screen printed. These are just a few types that you would want to include should you desire a well-rounded collection of napkins. As you can imagine, it is quite the rabbit hole to explore.

I’ve invested an extensive amount of “research” into napkins… so, as a self-proclaimed expert, I’ve compiled a list of the essentials for you.

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LJL-SHS All About Napkins

(1) White Linen Napkins with Fringe Edge • Pottery Barn, $48 for a set of 4

(2) Wine & Cream Chambray Fringe Napkins • Pehr Designs, $10 each

(3) Bon Appetit Embroidered Napkins • Anthropologie, $32 for a set of 4

(4) White Napkins with Chambray Edge • Anthropologie, $10 each

(5) Agrarian Striped Linen Napkins • Food 52, $85 for a set of 4

(6)  White Linen Napkins with Monogram • Food 52, $65 for a set of 4

The Successful Hosting Series: An Introduction

There are books upon books on entertaining. Literally. They’re everywhere and they make you want to host Sunday dinner every weekend for your family, regardless of how crazy they are. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and, honestly, it’s a pretty good wagon to be aboard.

So, entertaining. Let’s really dig into it and digest all of the different aspects and exciting elements involved. I’m calling it The Successful Hosting Series and I hope that it will become an evolving conversation between us.

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