Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Type Tuesday: The ABC's of Entertaining

One thing my husband and I enjoy doing is entertaining. Our current cozy one bedroom apartment limited our dinner parties to intimate gatherings of six or less. Now that we're getting ready to move into a two bedroom apartment with both a dining room and a living room, I'm dreaming of hosting dinner parties again. Therefore, today's roundup of typographic objects are related to socializing.
The Finds (top left clockwise): Bon Appetit Linen Towel, $28; Cook with Love Floursack Towel, $15; Type Collage Coasters, $12; Letter Coasters, $13; Give Thanks Linen Napkins, $72; Custom Recipe Platter, $60.

Before and after your guests arrive you want to cultivate the "right" attitude. By "right" attitude I mean non-stressed out and relaxed, ready to have fun, and open to having guests help out with prep and serving. Cook with Love dish towels from Letterform are perfect for setting the mood and letting guests know they're welcome in the kitchen.
Worried about people setting drinks down on wood furniture? Fun coasters from Green Chair Press and The Little Factory have you covered. I love that both coasters absorb condensation and won't stick to guests' glasses when they pick them up. (I don't know about you, but I've had many drinks spilled when guests tried to catch falling coasters.)
When we or our friends entertain we share recipes. For that special recipe to commemorate an occasion, I love the idea of scanning a handwritten recipe onto a platter. Custom Sepia creates one of a kind platters with handwritten recipes, love notes, and more.
How do you make dinner parties special?
Bon Appetit!
Credits: All images taken by their respective Etsy sellers: Betsy Grace, Custom Sepia, Green Chair Press, Letterform; The Little Factory. Collage created by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.