Sometime last month I found myself thinking about the last time friends came over to my apartment, and realized it had been absolute ages since I had last entertained. Although it can be quite costly (I tend to overspend), I adore having friends over, in my space, having a good time – so I decided that it was time to have a dinner party!

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I usually get a bit frantic and stressed so I wanted this time to be different; I wanted to have as much prepared beforehand as possible so that I could make my guests feel relaxed and calm. I followed a few of Emily’s tips from Cupcakes and Cashmere, and I tried to not only focus on the food itself but also the overall ambiance and environment – I think it’s very important to create a mood.

I am a dreamer, and often live with my head in the clouds; if I had it my way I would have gone out to purchase new crockery, table settings and decor. Unfortunately, I got brought down to reality very quickly after realizing the prices of even the smallest things – so I tried to make do with what I had in the house.

I created the mood with lighting, plants/flowers and background music (a necessity when it comes to entertaining).

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I purchased some proteas – one of my favourite flowers – from the local grocer in Dunkeld. I also wanted some greenery for the table, so I opted for these stunning hydrangeas which are subtle but equally fresh and beautiful.

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Steph kindly took on the role of photographer – on my new camera – while myself and my gran (I’m not embarrassed to admit that the food was not all me) worked our magic in the kitchen.

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The food was simple yet fulfilling, there was laughter all round the table and I was surrounded by good friends.

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All in all, the evening was a success and it definitely lit the entertaining spark in me 😉

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10 Comments on Easy Entertaining

  1. Zimkita
    March 20, 2015 at 8:51 am (4 years ago)

    …and not forgetting that you’re a gracious hostess!

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    • spruce
      March 21, 2015 at 10:34 am (4 years ago)

      Aah thank you lovely lady 😉

      Reply
  2. Daniel
    March 20, 2015 at 10:31 am (4 years ago)

    Awesome evening!!

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    • spruce
      March 21, 2015 at 10:34 am (4 years ago)

      🙂 Thanks Daniel!

      Reply
  3. Naazneen
    March 20, 2015 at 10:41 am (4 years ago)

    It was a beautiful evening! Thank you for hosting us

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    • spruce
      March 21, 2015 at 10:35 am (4 years ago)

      Absolute pleasure Naaz xx

      Reply
  4. vim
    March 20, 2015 at 12:14 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow Illaria you look like a Great hostess,, lovely story!. Happy Friday!!

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    • spruce
      March 21, 2015 at 10:35 am (4 years ago)

      Hehe, thanks Vim – and thank you for reading!

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  5. Bailey Schneider
    March 20, 2015 at 9:14 pm (4 years ago)

    That looks so beautiful! I’m so glad you said that part in the beginning… I adore entertaining and I also want everything to be like a Pinterest board! Emily’s dinner party tips are the best! I’ve just moved into our new apartment and dying to entertain more – can’t wait!

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    • spruce
      March 21, 2015 at 10:36 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much Bailey 🙂 Can’t wait to see photos of some entertaing in your new apartment! Thanks for reading xx

      Reply

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