Last month, I hosted a cozy dinner with my friend Rebekah. Rebekah and I planned this supper using the Virginia Hospitality cookbook (by the Junior League of Hampton Roads), first published in 1975. The cookbook is full of history, giving a detailed background for each course and its relevance to Virginia hospitality over the last several hundred years. Some of the recipes date back to the 18th century and sharing the recipes from this cookbook felt like we were all participating in and paying homage to Virginia history in a very meaningful way. The Junior League of Hampton Roads generously donated copies of the cookbook, so we were able to give each lady her own cookbook to take home!
Today, I’m over on VerilyMag.com with some pretty images from the Virginia Hospitality dinner, sharing some tips on throwing a stress-free, affordable gathering…Head over there for the tips, and please share some of your own…with baby number 2 arriving any day now, I can use all the help I can get!
One of my favorite elements of designing tabletops is incorporating nature! I almost always place a sprig of something at each place setting, and I love a simple, fresh table runner or centerpiece arrangement. I’m definitely not a floral designer, but I have picked up a few tricks on how to make a centerpiece that doesn’t topple over and how to make an overhead hanging display. A few tips on how to make both the arrangement and overhead installation I made for the Virginia Hospitality dinner are over on Verily, too!
Hope you’re inspired to create a simple yet beautiful holiday tabletop!
“Hospitality in eighteenth century Virginia gained the state her reputation as ‘the land of hospitality.’ The colonists in the English custom displayed pineapples as a sign of welcome on doorways, gateposts and garden walls. Fresh pineapples were used as the center of table arrangements and as a main feature of Christmas decorations. The tradition of warm hospitality is cherished and continued by Virginia hostesses.” – Virginia Hospitality
Rebekah Knable for the inspiration and cooking and organizing and doing basically everything for this dinner!
Melinda – Knead & Know for all her help and for the biscuits
Anna Clair Photography for the photos
Rebekah Lisk for her assistant styling
Junior League of Hampton Roads for the cookbooks
Greenhill Vineyards for providing the wine
Rebekah Pizana for baking the delicious lemon chess pie
Alicia Bruce – Love Knot Photo for sending over two photos of hers: #8 and #24
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