Looking ahead to spring feels good right about now! Sunshine, flowers and then …the spring cleaning! As we looked ahead to this years big sweep, we wanted to approach it from two angles: How to make it attainable, to give us confidence for warm weather hospitality AND How to take on these big projects with […]
Invitation Induced Anxiety Have you ever found yourself saying something like this as you received an invitation and prepared to go to an event hosted by someone else? “What am I supposed to wear?” “I’ll pack a snack just in case.” “Wait a second! THEY won’t be there, will they?” I know I certainly have what […]
Fall is here! While I am finding I am in disbelief that summer is behind us, there is one thing that I can absolutely buy into…FULL TIME pumpkin spice obsession for the next 3 months. I have always been a bit extra when it comes to fall, I’m the first to admit it. I can […]
The Market is saturated with products labeled “dairy free.” We are often left as hosts with the question…”I know this works but, is it good?”. Recently, we developed a post of what we believe are the essentials when hosting a dairy free guest, the bread and “butter” if you will. That leaves us wondering though, […]
Do you ever get the feeling that you want a dessert that feels a little more special? I was getting ready to see friends for a summer bbq style night in, and knew I wanted something a little more than just a cookie. Wanting to enjoy the process of making something that served beautifully, and […]
Whether someone you know is buying their own home, moving into a new apartment, or joining a house with some roommates, moving to a new space is a big life milestone. While this situation isn’t one that directly affects us, when we take the time to celebrate it with those around us, it shows that […]
I remember when I first started to make cheese boards. I would create them, put them on the table and then think, “Hmm…This is a little too shabby and for sure not enough chic.” I felt that when I put my cheese boards on the table, they almost added more chaos to the spread than […]
Have you scrubbed your floors this week? No? HA, good cause… me neither! I have vivid memories of my Meme on her hands and knees scrubbing her floor inch to inch with a toothbrush. She tried hard to pass down the deep cleaning obsession to me. Sorry Meme, girlfriend loves detail but doesn’t have the […]
When we were in Thailand I could fill my entire house with flowers for $10. And I did, monthly! The flower markets were abundant, and filled with the most unique variety! The price allowed me some extra wiggle room to play around with colors and size. Since coming back to America I found that my […]
The holidays are quickly approaching and…so is the hustle and bustle. Here at Gather, we are always trying to lead you to a sense of calm, especially with your holiday preparation. We know that your kitchen will be filled with dishes and your home filled with guests so we want to inspire you with simple, […]
Get Ready First It’s VERY common for a host to think they should stay in grubby clothes while they’re getting ready in case they get splatters of homemade sauce on their new shirt or their favorite jeans. However, what if we put it this way instead? We’ve all been there when our friend shows up […]
Is your mouth watering too or is it just me? Hospitality comes with many dynamic challenges. If you’re anything like us, you also have experienced a rise in dietary needs amongst those around your table. It can be difficult to be the one with the specific restrictions, and it can also be difficult for the […]
As we progress out of our school recess years, out of high school parties, and out of gathering in your dorm lounge in college, something changes. Reality is, many of these friends end up moving away. However, the alternate reality here is that we are told that in order to succeed, our focus must shift from living in community, to living in independence. As I’ve come to talk to so many of you, and even those in my immediate circle, what I’ve come to find is that people throughout all stages of their adult years continuously say one thing, “I don’t know how to make friends as an adult”.
It’s time, it’s time to engage in friendship again. Going first is probably one of the most frightening things you can do. What’s on the other side though, is worth every second of quivering. You are worth valuable friendships, you are capable of being an intentional friend, and you have the power to change a community through it all. We’re here cheering you on.