decorating and hosting can be beautiful, impactful, and affordable.Bought Beautifully's mantra for gatherings is to minimize stress and expenditures, while maximizing impact. So, my goal for this post was to create "haute" holiday decor in about an hour using ethical items and items we had on hand.
Here are three hostessing tricks that we consistently use at our large events and at home.
1.) Know your purposeWhat is your reason for gathering? Whether it is a 3 year-old Birthday party, Christmas Eve dinner, or New Year's Day brunch, there is a deeper reason for bringing people together, knowing "the purpose" will guide your decisions, reduce your stress, and create the spirit for the event.
When you let the spirit of your event shine through something magical happens.At Bought Beautifully, every thing we do centers around supporting our artisans and telling their stories. With that at the forefront, it makes our choices easier and it becomes less important if our green is exactly the right shade, if the name tags match perfectly, or if the bowls are the right size. For this table setting, our vision was to create something wintery and beautiful but our purpose was to remember the story of God's love and how it is being shared and experienced around the globe today. We wanted to incorporate as many items that told that story as possible. Each place setting is adorned with paper ornaments handmade by women in Kenya and name cards that share encouraging messages, while handmade Bought Beautifully products are sprinkled throughout the room. This Christmas and every night we want to remember and celebrate all the hands that contribute to the beauty of our table and the warmth of our home. When we are serving our salad, we will remember the precious hands that carved the bowl and serving spoons. The napkin rings made from straw and thread in Honduras, remind us that great beauty can come from the simple and ordinary.
2.) Use your resources firstIt is easy to feel overwhelmed looking at all the pinterest-inspired ideas and thinking that you have to spend a fortune to achieve them. BUT we have found that this doesn't have to be the case at all! Before spending a dime ask yourself these questions:
What do you have that you can use in new & different ways?Walk through your house and gather items that have the same feel or are in the same color scheme as the look you are trying to create. Bring them together and start playing!