Each season change is refreshing for me. I love the change in weather, plants, scenery, clothing, make-up coloring, shoes, holidays, sports, activities, etc. I have always loved change (as a young child, I would consistently rearrange my bedroom about every two weeks–it drove my parents wild because I’d loosen up all my furniture from dragging it across my carpet so often). Change is something I’ve typically embraced with open arms (moving from my home state of hot Texas to go to college in -27° weather in Idaho, then moving from there to the East Coast of Miami, and from there to the West Coast of California); I find change invigorating.
With the change of seasons approaching, I can’t help but become giddy about spring and all the fresh, bright items popping up in shops and window displays. I love spring because I feel that it is the starkest contrast of season changes. All the white snow and grey skies melt away and suddenly the world is painted in vibrant color. It’s lively and cheery and happy. In today’s Friday Favorites, I’ve picked out my top six spring hosting essentials to help stock you with the classic must-haves (here) and timeless beauties (here) for the new season.
There is a part of me that has become a minimalist in many ways just over the last two years–I’ve learned that I truly love classic and good quality pieces that are versatile and timeless and can sustain years of use. It’s not that everything needs to be white or cost a fortune and I indulge in certain trends, but I’m very much a staple closet/home kind of gal. I gravitate towards white the most in my home and styling, so it’s often used as a “backdrop” to more brightly colored accessories to make them pop. Investing in simple designs and classic white dishes offer you endless versatility (as seen here) for decades to come.
Above, are my spring hosting essentials such as a clean white tray that can be used to display a tablescape, carry food to the back patio or serve as a charcuterie platter; a large white porcelain bowl to hold party favors, a great pasta salad or a low floral centerpiece; classic Madison-style glasses (for less than $2 each!) to keep thirst at bay and still look lovely; and the simple but versatile jute placemats are ideal for a spring soirée. Throwing in decorative salad plates (the easiest and less expensive way to change up your table settings) in sweet gingham and gorgeous citrus cloth napkins, splashes your gathering with color and distinct creativity. Welcome, spring.