Rekindle the joy of suppertime with friends and family. Here are five ways we pull together a welcoming supper table – quickly.
Here at Eat Y’all, hospitality is our north star. It’s our wish that you enjoy receiving – and sharing – hospitality as a routine practice. Our most cherished times are when we get to set technology aside and welcome you to our table in person at upcoming events like our destination supper gatherings of the The Supper Society as well as other signature events we hold throughout the year.
Five Hospitality Hacks for the Southern Table
In the meantime, we hope this short list of easy practices will help add joy to your service – while adding joy to the lives of those you serve. These hospitality hacks are so easy, in fact, that they’re doable as part of an almost daily routine. We hope they’ll help make supper special at your house whether you’re a party of two or twenty.
1. Look the part. Don’t forget to dress yourself for the occasion. A stylish apron allows you to protect your clothing and still sport a signature “host with the most” fashion statement. We love the options at Heirloomed Collection. And yes, you can watch for a special Eat Y’all apron collaboration coming in the near future! (Photo Credit: Heirloomed Collection)
2. Mix it up. For those of us lucky enough to have Grandmother’s heirloom pieces, imagine the disdain on her face when they sit in a nice corner cabinet. Use them! If you don’t have these, start your own collection. Restore the purpose of found flatware and mismatched china from antique and thrift shops. Or collect functional pottery from Southern artists like McCarty Pottery. Mix them with your everyday pieces to display your own unique style.
We can’t tell you how many compliments we receive for our mis-matched dining room chairs and plates – or the set of vintage replica casual turquoise water glasses I found on sale at a big box closeout! Pair the simple and the ornate, the formal and the casual, the pottery and the crystal, the china and the simple stemware. Make your table incredibly inviting by making it one of a kind. (Photo Credit: Mississippi Gift Company)
3. Splurge on linens. Whether your style is traditional, rustic or modern, look for thicker textiles in neutral colors that will never go out of style – and will last thru the very best barbecues and burger nights. Quite simply, for the dollars and cents, it’s worth it to invest in quality here. As an aside, we’re currently designing a custom line for use at The Supper Society that we can’t wait to share with you, soon. Stay tuned. (Photo Credit: Heirloomed Collection)
4. Bring in the natural. Elaborate centerpieces may have their place, but for a welcoming supper table, incorporate simple natural elements. Clip fresh flowers from your garden, leafy stems from shrubbery or trees or shop for stemmed flowers at your local farmer’s market. Pair greenery, fresh herbs, or unique textures like cotton plants or grain stalks in simple displays. Use the colors of seasonal fruits and vegetables to inspire. Even better, fill a bowl with affordable (and edible) seasonal produce (like tomatoes, okra and squash in summer). (Photo Credit: Rachel Bowman)
5. Offer a refreshing drink. We love the fellowship and togetherness of sharing the 750 ml corked glass bottled brews from Blackberry Farm Brewery – brews they crafted to be enjoyed at the table – paired with good food and fellowship. Keep several bottles of their Classic Saison on hand to pop onto the table as an refreshing ice breaker at mealtime. As recipient of the Beer World Cup Gold Medal two years running, the Blackberry Farm Classic Saison pairs with nearly any food or cuisine type and is best shared around the table as a more approachable alternative to wine. (Photo Credit: Blackberry Farm Brewery)
These simple steps to a welcoming table aren’t a lot of trouble but boy do they convey care and love to those you’re serving. Oh, and it’ll also make you feel happy (and de-stressed) in the process – promise! Now, with your table set with a room full of joy, you’re ready to serve anything from leftover ham sandwiches or cheese and crackers to a five course fancy feast!
Food just tastes better when the table is welcoming. Don’t you agree?
Marianna & Andy