Country Entertaining

How to Prepare For Out of Town Guests

We like to think we’ve gotten pretty good at giving our readers advice on decorating their homes using country decor and on entertaining guests.

But one area that we haven’t really touched on is the nuts and bolts of preparing for guests, especially ones who’ll be staying for more than just a few hours. With that in mind, we scoured the best resources for hospitality and entertaining for some guidance on preparing for out of town guests, and came away with these tips: Continue Reading

How To Create A Stress Free Seating Arrangment

December 8th, 2016 Country Entertaining

“No politics, no religion.”

It’s a hard-and-fast rule of keeping the peace at family gatherings. But even if you stick to this decree, there’s no way to ensure that there won’t be conflict when everyone sits down to eat.

That doesn’t mean you’re helpless. When we were putting together our Holiday Guide for this year, we were pleased to come across an article in Real Simple that suggested seating people according to their personalities. Try it this year and see if it leads you to a lively-yet-civil gathering. Continue Reading

Holding a Family Reunion at Your Country Home

A family reunion can be fun and exciting. It’s a chance to reconnect with loved ones you haven’t seen in years or meet distant relatives for the first time. You’ll get to hear or tell funny stories, play games, and make memories.

Hosting the family reunion can be a different story: dozens of people coming to your house, some of them maybe staying over, all of them expecting to eat.

But it doesn’t have to be a headache, or at least not a big one. By working with your family to plan a gathering, it can bring everyone closer together. (Besides, we want to give you a chance to show off your country décor.)

Here are a few tips on how to plan, cook, and decorate for your next family reunion.

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