Abrams Books recently sent me a preview copy the beautiful new book, Together at the Table, just in time for holiday entertaining. It is written by the founders of the tableware brand Juliska, Capucine De Wulf and David Gooding. The authors share their family stories and traditions for celebrating life’s special moments and the delightedly imperfect art of entertaining. While this book features pieces that are a bit out of my budget I don't find the entertaining and table-setting ideas to be out of reach or too fancy. Instead of formal rules like which fork goes where the authors stress that when it comes to entertaining at home only 3 rules matter:
1. Will your guests feel loved?
2. Do you have everything you need for the meal to function?
3. Does your tablescape make you smile?
For brunch this morning I decorated the table with small pumpkins, tealights, and a seasonal bouquet. I served Pumpkin Spice Baked French Toast topped with cinnamon-apple maple syrup, whipped cream, and chopped pecans. The French toast is cooked in the InstantPot and crisped up for a few minutes in the broiler. Recipe from Pressure Cooking Today.