If there's one thing I love to do, it's create a beautiful and romantic dinner complete with candles, flowers, cloth napkins, a printed tablecloth, the works. In the summer, we love to enjoy our meals under the twinkling lights in the backyard while Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour" album plays softly in the background. And since we're not snowed in like many of you on the East Coast and other parts of the country, we can create a similar evening in the Winter as well. One of the many perks of living in California.
One of the traditions I plan on starting as we head into married life, is to keep and honor Sunday Supper. A good friend of mine recently bought me this book, titled "Sunday Suppers" for Christmas, and I instantly fell in love with the cottage-y, rustic vibes. There are so many wonderful recipes that I can't wait to try, and it made me even more excited to begin this new tradition in our little family.
This Sunday, we enjoyed Spanish Gambas Shrimp over polenta with my famous garlic bread, and my mom made her delicious pound cake in a vintage bundt pan that I bought thrift shopping over the weekend.
I hope to always enjoy these small moments of joy and family, and I urge you to do the same.
Outfit Details: Striped Long Sleeve Chiffon Dress by Julia Jordan (sold out)
You might be surprised to learn that I threw this tablescape together in about 5 minutes. The reason for this is because I spent so much time working on my floral arrangements, that I completely lost track of time and didn't even notice that the sun was setting!
I am falling more and more in love with beautiful table settings and particularly, beautiful tablecloths. I don't think I quite understood the value of a good tablecloth until last year, but it truly adds so much depth and fun to a table.
When I asked my mom if she had any laying around, she pulled out this beautiful embroidered piece that she's had since she was 19 years old! She received it as a gift when she was leaving her home of Panama to come to college here in the United States. While I love new and shiny things, pieces like this tablecloth that carry a few stains and a thousand stories, can bring so much more life to a gathering.
I made this arrangement from flowers I purchased at Trader Joes. They are White Roses, Cushion Poms, and green Chrysanthemums.
I've decided that I want this Sunday Supper tradition to be one where we dress up. We don't get many opportunities in life to get dressed up anymore. And if you're in a place like California, dressing up can easily mean jeans and your fanciest Patagonia jacket.
I want to create a home and a tradition that has elements of elegance, and I find that it's important to incorporate dressing for the occasion any time that you can. But of course, dressing up doesn't have to mean floor length gowns like it does for me. You can don a pair of sparkly flats, or a stylish sweater. Or dress up an otherwise simple outfit with stunning hair accessories. I am in love with these headbands from the Antonio Milani x Nicola Bathie collection.
In a world where we're constantly running around. Running to work, running to complete errands, and rushing through dinner, I am hopeful that Sunday Supper will be a time to slow down. And soak up all the love and fun that life has to offer.
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