I have a secret to confess.

I am not the best hostess in the world.

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If you come to my home, I am more likely to want to sit down and talk with you, pour you another beverage than worry about cleaning the table.

Rustic & Elegant Summer Tablescape

I am more likely to cook enough food for an army because I will be so worried about not having enough. Or, like when my girlfriends came in last week, I will be completely ill-prepared and be so thankful that you showed up with your own food.

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Some people are a natural at it.

They can perfectly judge how much food to make, it is always delicious and when you turn around, everything is put away and clean.

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But I can promise you this.

I will be so glad you are here.

I will know that you are the type of person who doesn’t worry about the mess in the sink and will probably help me clean it anyway.

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I can promise you that I will try to make you feel incredibly welcome. I will make sure that you are not worried if something spills because it is easy to wipe up.

I will most likely have candles burning, low lamps turned on and music playing because I think the atmosphere around us helps us relax and have fun.

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I hope the day you come is one of my “inspired days” when I make a favorite recipe like Maple Bacon Cheese Cups. But, it is just as likely we will order delivery pizza so all we have to do is throw out the box!

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And today is a lucky day, because I asked some of my favorite blog friends to invite you to their table as well.

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We also have a Pinterest board with more summer tablescape inspiration. And, you can follow each of these ladies on Pinterest.

Aly Brooks

Finding Home Uncommon Designs Thistlewood Farm Jen Rizzo Design, Dining & Diapers

As always, thanks so much for reading!


July 08, 2013 — Laura Putnam