Inspired Table

Styling tables is one of the best things I get do as the owner of Hen House Linens.  (Accounting, not so much.)  We are fortunate to have other gifted stylists in the roost as well and I am always surprised and delighted to see what inspires them.  This tablescape was created by our photographer, Lee Kriel, who was keen on hosting her own fall dinner party outside.  She started with a runner from our Mallory Cottage Collection in rich claret.  The Filligree napkins tie the whole eclectic look together perfectly.  Enjoy!

I just love the blankets draped over the chairs.  What a thoughtful detail that will ensure the party does not end when the sun goes down.

cotton table runner
cotton table runner

A rustic camp thermos full of warm coffee is a wonderful counterpoint to the silver wine chalices.

linens for the holidays
linens for the holidays
outdoor thanksgiving table
outdoor thanksgiving table

A simple arrangement of moss, apples and white pumpkins are simple, lovely and un-fussy.  The antlers are playful and a great conversation piece!

table linens for entertaining
table linens for entertaining
harvest table
harvest table
rustic table setting
rustic table setting

 Lee made this thankful jar with pieces of paper and pens for her guests to share their thoughts and reflections.

Fatten up your regular old Tuesday routine this Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras table linens cotton green gold purple

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Fatten up your regular old Tuesday routine this Mardi Gras, March 4th.

Set a table with rich purples, golds and greens.

Throw some Mardi Gras beads in a glass vase or bowl.  (I can always find a fine selection of broken beads in my kid’s toy chest!)  Fold your napkins into this fleur-de-lis shape.  Light candles and don some gold, green and purple lone Ranger masks!  Voila!

cloth napkin folding gold and white
cloth napkin folding gold and white
gold cotton dinner napkins napkin folding
gold cotton dinner napkins napkin folding

Now for the Gras to your Mardi!  Here is our menu fit for a King!

Mardi Gras place setting cotton table linens green purple
Mardi Gras place setting cotton table linens green purple

Thank you to Este for providing these delicious recipes!

Sausage-and-Shrimp-Jambalaya Hen House Linens
Sausage-and-Shrimp-Jambalaya Hen House Linens
King Cake Hen House Linens
King Cake Hen House Linens

Don't RUFFLE your feathers! This napkin fold is easy...

Ruffle napkin fold
Ruffle napkin fold

1. Start by folding into a triangle.

napkin fold for Thanksgiving
napkin fold for Thanksgiving

2.  Fold up the corners.

fun napkin fold for Thanksgiving
fun napkin fold for Thanksgiving

3.  Flip it over.

gold napkin for Thanksgiving
gold napkin for Thanksgiving

4.  Fold up the bottom corner.

fun cotton napkin folds
fun cotton napkin folds
napkin folds for the kids table
napkin folds for the kids table

5.  Flip back.

gold cotton napkins
gold cotton napkins

6.  Fold in the sides.

turkey fold for Thanksgiving
turkey fold for Thanksgiving

7.  Tuck the right side into the left side

napkin fold for the Thanksgiving table
napkin fold for the Thanksgiving table
fun napkin folds
fun napkin folds

8.  Stand up.  Adorn with feathers or tuck in a name card.

tablesetting for Thanksgiving
tablesetting for Thanksgiving
cotton napkin folds
cotton napkin folds

The Entertainer | No Place Like Home | Mother's Day

From Kate, part of our creative team:
 
Ever since I could remember, my mom, Lynn, has always made our home feel so welcoming. From having my friends over for play dates to hosting dinner parties for their friends, my mom does it all.
 
My mom learned her tools of the trade from her mother, Janice. Janice was also quite the entertainer during her time. She always enjoyed having her children and grandchildren over for big holiday meals. The house was always clean and decorated so beautifully. Janice made every person that stepped through the front door feel like family. She passed down that love of family, incredible recipes, and the joy of hosting to my mom.
 
Even when she’s not hosting a large crowd, my mom is always on top of everything. As she prepares dinner every evening, she is also calling friends, sending out emails, throwing laundry in the washer, watching the news, feeding the cats and doing it all with a flair!
 
At the end of March, my boyfriend popped the question at our favorite hammock spot near Lake Raleigh. My mom was ecstatic, needless to say. Within a week of being engaged, she lined up the church and the venue, wrote out her guest list, and set up an appointment for wedding dress shopping. It wouldn’t surprise me if she’s had a secret Pinterest board she’s been working on for a while.
 
One of my mom’s favorite movies is the Wizard of Oz. We even have our own Toto!  What resonates with mom, besides the great costumes, music and technicolor dreamland, is that home is where your heart is. And she has put her heart into our home.  As I contemplate my life ahead, I hope that the home I make will be the place just over the rainbow where I gather with my family and friends just as my mother and her mother have done before.
 

The Pragmatist | Keeping It Real | Mother's Day

From Christina, our Director of Sales

My mom was 17 when she got married and 18 when she started having babies.  Entertaining  and making swoon-worthy, pinnable meals was not on the agenda.  It was not even in the budget.  She was still a child herself.  But, she was a practical child.  

Dinner was simple but it always happened around the table.  My sisters and I were not just called down to dinner when it was ready, we had to earn our spot at the table by helping to set the places, behave throughout dinner and then clear and clean the dishes.   By the time I was 4, I could load a dishwasher.   My mother was, and still is, a no-nonsense woman.  She is the original DIY'er.   I don't mean the craft glue and chalk paint doer.  I mean the learn to do it yourself doer.  My mother brought home the bacon and she taught us to fry it up in the pan.  

As spartan a childhood my mother, my sisters and I had, I recall our meals around the table to be the best of times.  It was when she could stop having to be the grown up in the room and we would talk about our day, laugh and fill our tummies.  

I am about to become a mother myself.  I am entering this new phase of my life with all the advantages my mother did not.  She has had a good laugh over some of the baby gear my husband and I have been hoarding in preparation.  "You are spending $200 on a piece of cloth to tie your baby to your back?  That is why you have two arms.  I could make an entire dinner with one arm and a baby on my hip."  And, while she wears her walk barefoot through the snow uphill both ways stories like a badge of honor, I am still absolutely in awe of her.  I have no idea how she managed it all at so young an age.  

What I do know is that I know how I will manage.   It is the gift she gave me.  DIY.  And I will pass it down to my child as I teach her to pass the peas politely.  

  Click the image if your mama falls under this category and we are sure to have the perfect gift for her.

Click the image if your mama falls under this category and we are sure to have the perfect gift for her.

 

 

Saturday Swoon | Cocktails for Mother's Day

Saturday Swoon.  A toast to you, Mama!  

Este Evans, the curator over at the Hen House Pinterest gallery has us all a-swoon over these gifts perfect for the Mom with a wicked sense of humor.  Have a giggle while you clink glasses with Mommie Dearest and sip this fab and fizzy cocktail from one of our favorite Moms, Laura from Tide and Thyme.  

Superman ain't got nothing on your Mama.

Saturday Swoon | Easy Last Minute Easter Ideas

Saturday Swoon.  A curated gallery of images that are catching our eye over on our Pinterest page.  Este Evans has us swooning over some easy, last minute Easter recipes, tablescape colors and a fun idea for the kids to do.  Click the image for sources and further details.  Hoppy Easter!