Fast Fashion for the Table

table setting with plates, mug, pink salt, and bread on a tray next to a flower

At Homefest, we’re often asked about the latest trends in dinnerware and entertaining. Over the years, we’ve seen a departure from our mothers’ china cabinet with full service for 12 in favor of a bit more personality, durability, and function. Nowadays we want our dinnerware to reflect our personal aesthetic, fit with our busy lifestyle, and we want to know where our products are sourced and about the talented artisans who create them. We are yearning for handcrafted dinnerware that celebrates the authentic and imperfect charm of each unique piece. We want dishes that look great on a formal holiday table yet are equally accessible for a take-out dinner around the kitchen island. With this in mind, we’ve taken a diversified buying approach.

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How to Set a Festive Thanksgiving Table

It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through fall and Thanksgiving is less than a month away. I’ve received my coveted Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appetit and that means it’s officially time to start thinking about my Thanksgiving menu and table. While I’ll leave the menu planning to the experts, our Homefest design-team does have quite a few ideas for setting a festive Thanksgiving table.

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Go Al Fresco!

There’s something special about summer, perhaps due to its fleeting nature and we like to make the most of the season.  The weather is warm, the days are long and spontaneous get-togethers abound.  There’s no better way to celebrate the season than dining al fresco. Whether it’s a stylish brunch, an afternoon barbecue or an evening gathering, outdoor entertaining is all about keeping it easy.

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Say Cheese!

No matter the season, it seems we’re always entertaining. I am a busy working mom and my husband, who is in the hospitality business, seems to always be “surprising” me with winery and restaurant-types at the last minute. That said, I am always looking for an effortless yet elegant way to feed a crowd.
Let me set the scene for you…your toddler is coloring on the walls and you’re counting down to bedtime so you can throw on your yoga pants and binge watch The Crown. Then you get a text from your husband saying, “hey, do you mind if so-and-so pops by for some wine?” A momentary panic rushes over you (and probably a little bit of that “I want to kill my husband” vibe) but you want to maintain your effortlessly cool, collected, Domestic Goddess status. So what can you pull together at the last minute that looks totally gourmet but won’t leave you looking like Melanie Griffith in the dumpling cart scene in Working Girl? An effortless spread of bountiful cheese boards is a fast and impressive way to feed a crowd.

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