Category Archives: Entertaining


November 15, 2017


Southern inspired Thanksgiving table with Pier 1 on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

One of the most striking things about living up here in Ithaca for college is that it has really made me miss the culture that I took for granted in Atlanta. I hold a lot of Southern traditions closer to my heart now that my time at home is more limited, and I definitely cherish Thanksgiving as a holiday that I can count on reconnecting me with my home and family before I return for the long haul of studying and exam season before winter break. I’m excited to share this Southern-inspired Thanksgiving table with Pier 1, inspired by some quintessential elements of Southern decor that create a warm and inviting tabletop. I spent a while in my local store pulling this look together, layering these pieces for a personal and creative table that didn’t break the bank. From wicker to marble and even a pretty chinoiserie bowl for the centerpiece, their selection is sure to inspire a beautiful table setting for your Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) this year! Find out how I pulled together the table and flowers from their fall harvest collections below.
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October 27, 2017


Easy sushi dinner party with Hive smart home ecosystem on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I love to share entertaining inspiration on TS, and I will always enjoy the tradition of a fully set table with flowers and candles and the whole shebang, but today I’m sharing a different kind of entertaining inspiration… This easy sushi dinner party is a more spontaneous, spur of the moment kind of entertaining, inspired by Hive, that I think can create the best memories with family and friends. While the phrase ‘dinner party’ is often associated with a lot of planning and a bit of anxiety, sometimes all you need are people and food (and some stylish dinnerware never hurts). This take-out dinner party is all about making the food and table no-brainers and letting the spontaneity of the event spur some magical memories with loved ones.

P.S. Save 10% off your Hive plan with code HIVEKEVIN10!
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October 14, 2017


Outdoor dinner party, five sources for online grocery delivery on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Goop)

If you’ll allow a moment of wordplay, I have to admit that I’ve really loaded my plate these last few years with responsibilities. There’s academics, my design projects, running this blog, and of course maintaining my sleep, physical health, and social life. The last thing I want to carve out time to do is to grocery shop, and so I’ve totally embraced digital outsourcing to stock my fridge and pantry.

There are a few practical advantages to shopping for my groceries online—I can do it anywhere, I don’t have to do it on an empty stomach (the siren call of Costco-sized Nutella does seem a little louder when I do that), and some apps even let me schedule delivery. It boils down to convenience, but the only question really remaining is what service to choose. I’ve rounded up the best in class to help you save time and money on your grocery run or streamline your next dinner party prep!
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August 6, 2017


This post is sponsored by World Market, but all text, images, and opinons are all my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

Pattern happy table setting with whimsical flower arrangement of daisies and butterflies on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Although the weather is still hot in Atlanta, schools are starting again, signaling a change in routines (and soon enough, a change in the weather). I love to embrace these seasonal shifts with changes around the house, like our recent additions to the living room or a fresh table setting with a whimsical mix of patterns. I channeled an eclectic, collected look on this tablescape with Ikat napkins and patterned bowls from Cost Plus World Market, and brought in a touch of the unexpected to the simple arrangement of daisies – colorful butterflies. Although the table setting is simple, it sings with elements of surprise that will surely inspire interesting conversation or delight dinner party guests during the new season. I also love how much interest you can pack onto a small space dining table. It just shows that small can be just as stylish! Get all the details on this table setting below.
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February 9, 2017

Entertaining / Holiday

Valentine’s Day can be the perfect time to entertain – whether you’re a singleton or celebrating a relationship. Why not create a rosy-hued soiree and invite friends over for some delicious appetizers? I set out a spread with deviled eggs, salmon roe, root chips with creme fraîche, and lots of warm-toned entertaining accessories. With a vintage red and white tablecloth as my backdrop, I brought in blush NAPKINS and gold NAPKIN RINGS to add warmth to the table, keeping the dinnerware simple with the subtle patterns of the ECLECTIQUE COLLECTION from Williams-Sonoma. With the touch of gold from these CERAMIC SPOONS, it all came together in the evening sun’s warm glow. Check out my four steps for creating your own appetizer party below!


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