Be it National Donut Day (a personal fav!), Best Friends Day, Dog Day, or my husband’s birthday (Aug 11th!) – there is ALWAYS something to celebrate in this world. And how lovely and wonderful to make a habit of celebrating life! So today, I’m celebrating my 2-MONTH ownership of Dishie!
WHAT. A. WHIRLWIND.
In the past TWO months, Dishie has:
booked 11 events (11, y’all!!!)
met with 9 amazing brides, planners, and hostesses
hosted a summer book club with 7 other women, challenging each other to exercise our vulnerability and creativity
hosted 4 themed tables at the My Dream Wedding Expo at the Hilton Altamonte
participated in 3 styled shoots (with another 4 on the calendar!)
hosted 2 glamorous baby shower tea parties
and filled this incredibly blessed gal with ONE GRATEFUL HEART.
Earlier this year, I decided to live in the faithful pursuit of that which brings great love, life and joy into my life. And then God brought Dishie along! And I have loved EVERY MINUTE so far; what a dream!
Brene Brown writes, “To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees – these are risks that involve vulnerability and often pain. But, I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace.”
― Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
So here I am, with my vulnerable heart, daring greatly and dreaming big dreams for Dishie’s future while filled with incredible joy, gratitude, and grace. There’s no place I’d rather be. And I’m just getting going – so hold on tight! I can’t wait for what’s ahead and rejoice greatly in all the beauty, life, and fun that has surrounded me so far.
ON BEAUTY // Last month my sweet college galpal Katie Manero, the talented genius behind KT Crabb Photography, invited me to participate in an Ethereal Styled Shoot at her grandparents’ lake house in Umatilla. We had the most fun creating this GORGEOUS shoot together, and I’ve got a couple exclusive pics straight off the press, just for you! Enjoy!
Farm Table, Chairs, Napkins & Cake Stand // RW Events
Stylist // Rachel Baird with RW Events
Cake // Anna Cakes
Florals // Flowers by Lesley
Photography // KT Crabb Photography
Bridal Gown // Saint Isabel Bridal
THIS IS IT! Today is the VERY last day of our “Hello Again, Dishie!” 25% off promotion, and today I share my #1 tip for creating an environment of hospitality at your wedding or event.
TIP # 1
Focus on truly enjoying your guests.
So simple, right? But in the age of Pinterest, ever escalating wedding budgets, and the shrinking communication gap on our planet, it is easier now more than ever to get bogged down in the details and COMPARISON of your event vs. their event that the true meaning of it all is forgotten. At the beginning of this 10-day series, I posted the definition of hospitality – “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.”
And truly, when you ENJOY those around you, they ENJOY their time with you. That’s it!
So here’s to beautiful weddings, even more beautiful marriages, lovely parties, and a lifetime of intentionally surrounding yourself with people and things that bring you life & joy! And if a unique, gorgeous, and unforgettable table set with the most pretty china makes your heart pitter-patter with life & joy – I just may happen to know someone who can hook you up. *wink wink*
xoxo & dishie dreams!
Welcome to the dog days of summer, y’all! At the Grosshans household we’re over here partying like this is the last summer ever – Orlando tourist stops everyday and the yummiest of burgers, ice cream, or chocolate chip cookies every night. A few years ago, I was planning a solo trip to Dallas for a friend’s wedding when my sister-in-law decided to spontaneously hop-in as my hubby stand-in. It was second to last week of school for teacher hubs, and he was not about to take off work for an out-of-town wedding. While planning our day excursions on this whirlwind trip, my conversation with my sister-in-law went something like “I heard this place has amazing breakfast, I was thinking we could go here and check out that neighborhood, then for lunch I read about this great sandwich place so we could go there and check out… and for dinner my friend said we have to eat at…” Pretty soon into our planning session she interrupted me and stated, “So, we’re pretty much just going to eat our way through Dallas and maybe tour around in between?” To which I promptly replied, “Well, duh.”
I firmly believe the BEST thing you can experience while traveling is food. And whether that travel means to a friend’s house down the street, or to a small province in China, I think the practice of sharing food is a really beautiful one.
So today’s tip:
Tip # 2
FOOD, FOOD, and more FOOD!
For me, the absolute WORST thing that can happen at an event is running out of food. Oh, just reading that sentence made my heart beat a little faster! And when it comes to entertaining and hosting, I truly believe preventing your guests from getting HANGRY is the biggest step to ensuring they feel welcomed and well hosted.
I LOVE this place setting because it tells a story of the food that is about to come to the guests seated here – with a teacup & saucer, salad plate, AND dinner plate, you can bet the guest eating here will not be going home dissatisfied!
I will be the first to admit that entering an office supply store like Staples, Office Depot, or *gasp* The Container Store makes me a little giddy. Ok, A LOT giddy! Sweet dreams are made of rows of color coordinated bins, label makers, and choose-your-size post-it notes, right!? Call it lingering remnants of my only child-ness, but I love it when everything has a place. That boundary (read: sanity) keeps getting pushed as life goes on… first with the addition of roommates in college, then my husband, and with the baby?! The insatiable need to have a perfectly put together home has nearly gone out the window. And you know what? I think I’m a better host for it! I love having a tidy house, but I also just don’t worry that much about letting others see my mess. I’ve noticed that sharing some of my mess LITERALLY has made others more comfortable to share their mess FIGURATIVELY. Isn’t that amazing?
Tip # 3
Don’t Be Fussy
Remember to never lose the focus of hospitality – making your guest feel delighted, welcomed, and cherished. These feelings won’t happen if your guests are walking around your party fearful of breaking something and messing something up. Yes, instill a sense of respect for your home in your guests, but make sure you do everything you can to express that if a crystal glass goblet was accidentally broken while dancing, you will make sure the party will go on!
And speaking of not being fussy, how perfectly un-fussy and glamorous is this classic white & gold vintage setting?!
For the past week we have been hosting a foreign exchange student from China. It has been such a blessing to open our home to this sweet girl. It has also been a learning experience – oh how our cultures are so different! We have so enjoyed integrating her into our family and our culture. Ketty’s time with us has shown me ever more the importance INTERACTION makes in helping someone feel welcome. I have had her help with taking care of our son Levi and our dog Lady, she has helped with dinner, and even helped hubby make a berry tarte!
Tip # 5
Create the Party WITH Your Guests – INTERACT
Being served and waited on is wonderful, but guests love it even more if they are recognized as vital and useful to your event. Who doesn’t like knowing that they played a huge part in the success and fun of a party!?! For weddings, this may look like having an interactive guest book, send off, or even photobooth for your guests to participate in. For a dinner party this may mean leaving a piece of your dinner “un-made” so that guests can help finish up as they arrive (take stuff out of the oven, scoop cookies onto cookie pan, etc.). Either way, leave something for your guests to DO and they will be grateful for it.
And speaking of things to do – who doesn’t love making that *clink* sound during a wedding toast?! Don’t you think our Dishie Rentals vintage champagne coupes are just the prettiest musical instruments!?