Summer entertaining season has officially launched and Charlotte Moss’ tenth book, Charlotte Moss Entertains: Celebrations and Everyday Occasions, is just the inspiration we need. This magnificent 288 page book makes it at once obvious that living well should be an every day event rather than an occasional celebration. Every day offers the opportunity to practice the art of gracious living — whether we are planning a fancy dinner party, breakfast in bed, lunch on the screened porch, or even enjoying a peaceful solitary “moment in between”.
Moss clarifies that the details of entertaining may be work, but they are certainly not a chore because one of life’s greatest pleasures includes building relationships and deepening friendships – which often happens around food and drink.
Let’s take a look at some of the components of Moss’ entertaining DNA:
-She posseses Olympic gold level landscaping and floral skills,
-We all know how ingenious she is at Interior Design,
-Her sophisticated palette and eye reflect a well-traveled life,
-She is an A+student of style icons, and she references some of the greats in this book
Architectural Digest called her the triple threat- she is every bit that and more. Move over, Martha!
For Moss, the disciplines of great entertaining and flawless execution of gatherings with friends and family are some of life’s greatest pleasures. Moss provides value to the reader much in the same way that she would focus on making her guests feel welcome. Rather than direct, she generously shares her experience and point of view.
“Two things you can not cheat on: food and flowers. I might also add wine, if it is to be included. Rule of thumb, buy the best you can afford.” -Charlotte Moss
Shown above, a place setting from a book party to celebrate Moss’s last book, Garden Inspirations.
Whether throwing enormous fundraisers or an intimate dinner for a few, she is all about the details that make friends and guest feel welcome. She encourages us to make moments special. Break out the linens, china, crystal and candles on a regular basis. Do what you are good at and delegate the rest. (With appreciation, she cites specific people who have tended to various details during her years of entertaining.) Take time to make your environment just as pretty as the tables you set. You won’t know how to make your guests feel relaxed and special if you don’t practice on yourself.
If you treat each day as a special occasion, you will acquire the skills, elegant shortcuts and confidence to entertain spontaneously.
Let’s face it- this classy southerner is a PRO- who unselfishly shares her experience and pointers with a sense of grace that makes them at once inspiring and actionable.
Charlotte Moss Entertains: Celebrations and Everyday Occasions is a coveted invitation into the world of Charlotte Moss to discover how to make every day an occasion. By all means, RSVP yes to this beautiful experience.
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