Monday, October 23, 2017

Entertain with Handmade Style

By Jeff Ambroz
ColorTextureStudio

With autumn now here, it’s time to think about entertaining, and creating a warm welcome for your guests in the fall and winter months.

Will you be hosting any holiday gatherings?  Dinner party plans on the horizon?  How about birthday or anniversary celebrations?

No matter the occasion, the artisans of HandmadeMN have created an amazing array of handcrafted items that will enhance any gathering. 

Quilted placemats from HartfordAvenueQuilts will add color and warmth to your dining room table.  They are sure to be a conversation starter, and will help you create a relaxed and cheerful feeling with your table scape.
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/539341972/batik-quilted-placemats?ref=
Geometry meets coziness:  Quilt-inspired placemats.
Aprons are a practical item, allowing you to stay neat and tidy while preparing for your guests.  Why not choose a café style apron with enough style and panache to proudly hang in the kitchen?  Try this linen fabric beauty from LakeshoreLinen.
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/222392342/linen-cafe-apron-linen-apron-half-apron?ref=
Stay fashionably neat with an elegantly simple apron.
Honey is a natural sweetener, adding a subtly rich flavor to breads, desserts, tea and many other foods.  Your guests are sure to appreciate this pure honey from SweetBeeHoney.  Pass a jar around the table and let your guests enjoy this special Minnesota treat at your next gathering.
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/129341824/honey-one-pound-glass-honey?ref=
Even the most discerning guests will appreciate the joys of local honey.
This pair of pottery cups from DianeGamm will be a handsome addition to your dining room table.  In fact, their handcrafted beauty is worthy of display all year long. In addition to being wonderful drinking glasses, you can fill them with small bouquets of flowers for an additional seasonal decorating option.
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/534712093/set-of-2-pottery-wine-glasses-juice-or?ref=
One-of-a-kind drinking cups will add earthy, organic flair to your table.
Napkins in striking patterns allow you to add special-occasion flair to the dining room table with ease.  This patterned set of napkins from SnipsAndStitches will add sophistication and a pop of color to your next dinner party.
 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/195568324/cloth-napkins-yellow-flowered-set-of-6?ref=
Napkins in a sophisticated, joyful print; reminiscent of 1940's and 1950's textiles.
As you can see, HandmadeMN makers have been hard at work creating a large assortment of thoughtfully handcrafted items for your home.  Take some time to peruse their many beautiful and practical offerings.  You’re sure to find many items you’ll be proud to put to use during this season of entertaining.   

3 comments:

Brian Western said...

Beautifully gathered...lovely pieces that are as practical as artistic--a nice synergy, eh?

Cindy said...

All the things that make a house, a home. Thank you for the suggestions.

Sharon Parker said...

Great selections and ideas!