glasses with slanted sunlight


On the runway to what is the ultimate entertaining holiday, we have a choice:  we can stress out or we can choose to relax.  We choose relax.  

People ask us for holiday entertaining tips all the time.  Our best advice:  take a deep breath, put the phone away, and enjoy yourself.

Laurie has a hard and fast rule that she never photographs her holiday table.  The pressure to make every moment of the holiday camera ready is just too much.  She puts the phone in the bedside drawer and immerses herself in the moments.  In the food, the company, the music, and the funny little things that happen when she's attempting to pull off the mother of all dinner parties.   

cashmere sweater

She has a strict rule against dressing up for dinner also.  The family shows up in cozy sweaters, leggings, track pants and fuzzy socks.  Whatever feels soft and comfy.  And stretchy.  Read our blog post Cozy Season  for our favorite soft and comfy knits.

So pop the champagne, throw together a cheese board (our specialty), watch movies, tell stories, and work bit by bit on the feast.  

When the time comes,  set your table, light some candles, put on some music, and  feast.  

If anything goes wrong, it's no matter.  The family is together, no one will go hungry, and most likely you'll  have a  good story to tell later. 

We're wishing you a happy, mellow holiday. I hope you make some memories you'll feast on all year long.  


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Laurie Furber