Our series, Hosting at Home, is a place for us to share the creative touches we add to our space when hosting in our own homes as well as tips from us as event planners for how to pull off a similar look or type of event at home. These events are not fancy and super pre-planned like the ones you are used to seeing us do but rather casual and impromptu. The content of these particular blog posts is meant to inspire each of you (whether inviting a few friends over for a last minute social distanced BBQ or doing something special for those in your “quaran-team”), to pull out dishes you haven’t used in a while, and to find those random accessories that help make your table look unique. Keep it causal! None of this is sponsored … It’s from the heart and straight to you from our very own homes. Enjoy!

Written by: Lauren

It’s sort of surreal looking back on last year’s holidays as this year we seem to be in a whole different world. I don’t know about you, but I am still trying to limit the amount of people I am around, and therefore will not be doing my usual this Father’s Day … Going from one family to the next to try to spend time with everyone. My plan is to spread it out over a couple of weeks instead and to make each visit as meaningful as possible. Slowing down doesn’t sound quite that bad, does it!? Here’s a look back at how I hosted at home last Father’s Day:

I think this may have been one of the first gatherings around my new dining table. I set it up with lots of snacks for my guests to enjoy and placemats to keep the table clean too.

I love using these small square plates and festive cocktail napkins when appetizers are out so nobody feels the need to take too much all at once.

My Mother-in-Law Robyn made this incredible veggie board complete with dips and vegetable based chips too.

I always love to put a new spin on each cheese board I create and add delicious dips, festive snacks that fit the theme of each gathering, and fancy cheeses of course … But if you want to see a real cheese board check out my Sister-in-Law @darcuterie!

When it was time for dinner, I put out a separate buffet table with this cute basket full of all our paper good needs. A touch of twine goes a long way!

Everyone I invited brought something to share; summer-y salads, fresh fruit, fish, and lots and lots of meat. The guys even took turns on the grill!

When hosting in your home, do what feels most natural to you while trying to push yourself a little each time to think outside the box. None of this needs to be hard, but the special touches will be remembered. Until next time … Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads out there and Happy Hosting from Side by Side Design!

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