I still remember when I took a tour of the house and told the dining room goodbye.
It was heart-wrenching.
All of those dinners.
All of those parties.
All of those times together as a family.
It was more than a dining room. It was a gathering place for celebrations and moments and milestones and welcoming friends and family to the table.
I’m so happy we are back together—my dining room and I. I’m so happy that we have zillions more dinners and parties and family get-togethers to come.
I never met a gathering I didn’t love.
Maybe that’s why I’m all about my friend, Bre’s new book, The Gift of Gathering.
The book walks you through the seasons.
It’s full of beautiful four-color photographs of incredible tables set for different celebrations.
Like this beautiful mercury glass centerpiece for winter.
There are recipes in the book.
And simple ideas for bringing creativity and the warmth of the season to the table.
While photographs and DIY’s and table settings are amazing.
It’s the HEART of the book that is truly special.
You see, in a day and age when fast food drive-throughs are dining rooms.
(total aside: no judgment here—I’m looking at you Chick fil A dinners.)
And family dinners are a thing that you see in the movies and many of us are like ships passing in the night from one busy to another busy…
…Bre’s words are a bright light in a dreary world.
She inspired me.
To set my table.
To sit down with my family.
To press pause and LISTEN to the ordinary moments of an ordinary day.
To pull up a chair to the table and help them understand that they are loved.
And so we are having more family dinners.
We are hosting a Friendsgiving this year.
I’m serving this yummy tea recipe and I have tons of non-cooking ideas for the three-pot crockpot and the friends are bringing the rest.
Here’s to dining rooms everywhere.
And the people who love them. 🙂
You can order the book here and to celebrate book launch, Bre is giving away some of her favorite hosting essentials.
Simply enter below.
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