When my friend and Feast visionary Amanda Robson asked to do a holiday Feast Table event at our newly opened sister store Home By Driftwood I had one word for her - yes!

This was our third collaboration with Feast and true to form, it was magical.  Amanda always brings a collected vision and calm presence with a welcoming sense of community to make guests feel charged with inspiration.

For our Feast event, guests learned the art of creative and thoughtful table styling in a live demonstration while enjoying light bites and festive sips.  But the takeaway experience was certainly not limited to the table.  As always, Amanda's influence shows us that pursuing a deliberate vision can be applied to so many other endeavors.

Let's get started!

When embarking on a project  Amanda suggests first setting an intention. Here Amanda's focus was choosing local, seasonal florals.  The Japanese anemone and camelia came from fellow creative Harvest Dream Girl,

Reba Dodge and the poinsettia from the local hardware store.  Winter greens and pepper berries were loving foraged from a friend's farm.

Stay focused and purposeful.

Next, incorporate 5 keywords to build on the intention.  Essentially this will be the vibe of your event.  Her words here were, festive, enchanting, botanical, beautiful, and cozy. 

Choosing another element with an additional 5 keywords can be very helpful in making thoughtful choices.  Amanda focused on colors - reds, pinks, tans, white, and greens.

When beginning choose a focal point and work outward. "Finding your center gives you a starting point and helps to create balance with your table styling" - Amanda.

Take it from someone with a lot of frenetic energy, this is sound advice.  You can easily become derailed especially with so many beautiful choices.  To see your project to fruition and avoid feeling overwhelmed put your plan on paper and commit.  I personally love mood boards and you can easily create one in a place like Pinterest.   Don't know where to put that second fork or whether the knife blade points in or out? Have no shame Google that sh*t! 

Of course, it wouldn't be a Feast event without amazing food and drinks!  Special thanks to Chef Renée Loux for her gorgeous botanical grazing board. Whipped mascarpone and rose mini cakes with Kula strawberries by Soulful Cakes. Malasadas by Donut Dynamite and pomegranate, hibiscus & rosemary holiday-inspired sips by Sugar Cane Dane. Thanks to Natalie Brown who captured it all!

And thank you, thank you to our Feast and Home By Driftwood community for celebrating another amazing event with us, and generously sharing your photos.  You inspire us!

We wish you happy holidays and a blessed new year!



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