Girls’ night out is a great excuse for a beautiful table setting
Growing up in a small town, I love the feeling of a close-knit community, where folks look out for each other, and everywhere you go, you’re greeted by a friend. When D anandImovedtoour little lake cottage, we were thrilled to discover that this special neighborh oodwasjustlikeasmall town. People are friendly and welcoming. And, best yet, they like to gather together and have fun.
My favorites are the girls’ night out happy hours. Usually, they are spontaneous — someone throws out an invite, and everyone shows up with a bottle of wine and an appetizer. When the weather is nice, we sit out by the lake, swapping stories, laughing until our sides hurt, sharing our lives.
Now, it’s my turn to host. I have the perfect reason for a celebration: welcoming a new friend to the neighborhood. My friend Nancy has nabbed ahousejustafewdoors down from ours, and I can’t wait to introduce her to my new tribe of girlfriends. Like so many of my good friends, I met Nancy through Nell Hill’s. As we worked together on creating beautiful spaces inherhome,webuilta wonderful frie ndship.So when Nancy was looking for a weekend home near the city, I was thrilled when she found the per- fect fixer-upper by us.
I’m always looking for an excuse to set a beautiful table, so I decided to make my girls’ night out into a dinner party on the deck. I’m no cook, so I’ll pick up a lovely salad from a nearby restaurant. problem, my girls’ night out will be on the deck just off our kitchen.
Until now, I’ve filled this long, thin space with a line of Adirondack chairs, a great place to sit with your morning coffee and watch the wildlife around the lake. I found an inexpensive zinc table that fits the space like a glove.
I’msodrawntothe color comb inationofblue and green right now. I love howfresh,cooland pure it feels. So I’m us ingitasthe inspirati onformydinner table. The vintage inspired table cloth is the perfect base. Then we layered up with a mix of dishes — a white dinner plate, topped with a leaf majolica salad plate and a blue and white bread plate. Never be afraid to mix patterns, shapes and sizes on your table — each layer makes the table more interesting.
I want to close by encouraging you to reach out to those around you, whether it’s folks in your neighborhood, workplace, or a social or community group. Invite new friends into your home for a meal or drinks. As we get to know those people we pass by every day, our lives become richer, and our communities stronger.