five favorite hostess gifts for spring

Springtime! So many opportunities for entertaining! From Easter to Mother’s Day, spring is the time for celebrations. Outfit your home with the perfect tools for hosting a spectacular party, or find the perfect gift for your favorite hostess.

Here are five of our favorites:

outdoor living…
entertaining al fresco

  • Start by arranging your outdoor space to suit your needs. Are you doing lots of afternoon cookouts by the grill, or are you offering more sit-down dinners al fresco? Consider how you’ll use your space, then start looking for stylish, sustainable outdoor furniture that fits your lifestyle.
  • Don’t forget to light up the night. Once the sun goes down, you’ll need to throw some light on the area. Try a combination of solar lanterns and candlelight for a truly stunning look that’s also sustainable. No electrical outlet required!
  • Treat your outdoor spaces like a room. Go ahead, add an outdoor area rug, toss on some cushions or pillows, and provide your guests with comfy throws for when the nights get a little chilly. Add a vase with flowers and break out the table linens if you like.
  • Use what you’ve got. You don’t need a huge space to make outdoor entertaining work for you. If space is tight, try serving finger foods that don’t require sitting at a table to eat. Or serve the meal inside and enjoy after dinner cocktails on the balcony.

Treat your outdoor space the same way you treat the inside of your home—it’s another room in your home, it just lacks a ceiling. Decorate it to reflect your personal style, and make it a place you and your guests can use and enjoy every day. Nothing beats being outdoors with good friends and good food when the weather’s fine. Especially in early spring, when we’re ready to throw off winter’s chill and enjoy the sun and fresh air.

serve up stylish springtime sustainability…

Spring is here, time to dust off the patio furniture and get ready for warmer, sunnier weather! It’s a perfect time for parties as well—from the first day of spring to Easter and Mother’s Day and more, there’s always a reason to celebrate.

For a fresh new look, embrace natural woods to bring the warmth and beauty of nature to your table. Wood serving pieces have come a long way from what you may remember from the past. Today’s pieces are sustainably harvested, protecting both the planet and the people. The heavy finishes of yesterday have been replaced with easy-care, nontoxic surfaces and oil-rubbed finishes. Continue reading

special celebrations…
sushi and sake for a unique, sustainable soiree

SushiWant a super simple, romantic dinner for a stay-at-home Valentine’s celebration? We’re talking easy to prepare finger foods and a whole lot of fun for an easy, romantic, and stylishly sustainable good time. Even better? This is so simple, you can do this any say of the week, or for a big dinner party. What miracle party is this? We’re talking a sushi and sake soiree, of course! Continue reading

perfect pairings…
a stylish, sustainable party plan

Perfect Pairings—stylish and sustainable wine and cheese party

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After all the holiday hoopla, you might not even want to hear the word “entertaining”, but we promise, there’s an easy way to throw a party you and your guests will love. And we’ve got all the tips to keep things as sustainable as they are stylish.

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