I have a secret to confess.

I am not the best hostess in the world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rustic & Elegant Summer Tablescape

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!

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

summer-table-decorating-ideas-Thistlewood-button Jennifer Rizzo Tale setting button

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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