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Make it Blissful had the fine opportunity to collaborate with Avida Land Corp this latter half of the year, on two Home Gathering events that brought together homeowners, and bloggers & members of the press. I have to admit, I was intimidated by the thought of mounting two events for such a trusted name in real estate!

The first of the two events was the Nuvali Home Gathering last August. For this, I partnered with my good friends Lady and Steph Badoy of Boqueria Lifestyle Market, who would be doing the table styling tutorial. My husband Ton and his coffee catering biz Shophouse Coffee provided the specialty coffee beverages for the afternoon, too. Together, we joined forces to create a simple afternoon workshop entitled “Home Gatherings at Avida.” We would be mounting this event for the preferred clients and homeowners of Nuvali, and I also invited some of my blogger friends who lived nearby.

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We began the afternoon with a talk on home gatherings, naturally, and how Avida homes encourage this type of coming-away and quieting down with family and friends for simple home parties and get-togethers. I personally love how the Avida homes in Nuvali are conducive for entertaining. (Have a look at some of the options, over on their official website, avidalandcorp.com)

Lady and Steph focused on the theme “work with what you have.” They made use of their collection of props and tableware, which resembled what most small households might already have on-hand in their storecupboards. The girls demonstrated how to work with a very basic dinner setup using mostly white dinnerware and tablecloths, and then how to build on these using a “mix & match” method of combining different types of dinnerware. It was amazing to see them take their tablescape from simple to stunning — very doable, indeed!

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Everyone was then given a chance to finish their own tables. There was no theme assigned, as groups were challenged to consider the buffet of props first before attempting to create their tablescapes. The results were impressive!

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A tip from Steph: Be inspired by the things you already have and just add to them, as needed. This means starting already with good quality basic dinnerware and flatware. I agree! When we first started our home, one of the things we agreed on as husband and wife were that our table would always be nicely set, because eating together as a family was important to us. Isn’t it much more pleasant to eat together when things are set out nicely?

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Details! “Details make guests feel a little more special,” said Steph. Things like printing out a simple meny card are a nice touch. (I highly recommend Canva.com for this!) Placing fresh greens (even if you don’t have flowers) add a bit of life to the table, too, while glasses can be mixed & matched as vases or candle holders. It’s these little things that elevate a table setting from everyday to special.

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I’m so happy that our little workshop here enabled our participants to slow down, appreciate the possibilities they can create at home and really enjoy making meaningful get-togethers with the people they love, both friends and family. Thank you to my Southern blogger belles for being at the event, and for sharing also what they love about living the chilled-out suburban lifestyle away from the metro.

Thank you to Avida Land Corp for this opportunity. For more details on Avida’s options for homeowners, please visit their website and Facebook pages to talk to an Avida associate.