I’ve made no secret in this column of my love for everything about entertaining. The art of gathering, being present with people around a table, sharing and serving a meal and doing so as a way to care for others, has always been something that brings me much joy.
December may be the best month of all to do this. There is so much to celebrate, from the holidays to winter break all the way to New Year’s Eve. Those are all worthy occasions to take a little extra time to think about the menu, put effort into a centerpiece, and bring out your finest tableware. Still, what is really important, and what I hope has rung true throughout Entertaining 101, is that ultimately it is about being together.
Paper plates or fine china? Either. No matter how pretty your table looks, who is across from you and next to you is really what makes it beautiful. It’s time to celebrate. If you are inspired to pull out all the stops, by all means do it.
I wouldn’t leave this space without one last idea to maybe inspire you to do just that. However, this seems like the perfect time of year to remember that the beauty of what is great can be found in the smallest of gestures.