Gather and Inspire by: Steph and Lady Badoy

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Soulful Tips for your Next Home Gathering

Hi, Steph and Lady Badoy here of Boqueria Lifestyle Market. When Char and Leona invited us to collaborate with them, we immediately agreed for we love everything at L’Indochine! When we met, we discovered that we have a lot in common including our penchant for interesting things and a style that’s chic, playful, fun and out-of-the-ordinary.

Styling our homes, setting the table and curating small vignettes with our favorite finds are like second nature to us.  We live to entertain. Sunday brunches or weekend get-togethers with family and friends are moments we look forward to. It gives us reason to play around, get creative or work on those Pinterest – dream pegs to reality.

Planning a small party is fun and exciting and yet for some, it can be stressful and intimidating. So let us try to make it easier for you.

 Theme-matic

Make your guests swoon and your setting Instagram-worthy. Having a theme is basic or at least choose a color palette to guide you.

 

 

Chic-oiserie: a play of blues and whites with hints of pink.

Chic-oiserie: a play of blues and whites with hints of pink. Hand painted bowl with lid, hand painted bowl and Boqueria square plate charger available at L’Indochine.

Summer Breeze: a burst of colors for that does of sunshine

Summer Breeze: a burst of colors for that dose of sunshine

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Botanical Bliss: black and white with refreshing greens. Mint glasses, ceramic animal boxes  and Boqueria bamboo bowl available at L’Indochine.

Eclectic Chic: dainty prints infused with subtle hues

Eclectic Chic: dainty prints infused with subtle hues. Blue plate chargers, carafes, block print quilt (used as tablecloth) and Boqueria gray and white plates available at L’Indochine.

Asian Mix: a mishmash of unique Asian finds.

Asian Mix: a mishmash of unique Asian finds. Sri Lankan candle holders, hand carved wooden vessels, carafe and ceramic animal box available at L’Indochine

Plains and Prints: mix and match of plains, prints, textures and colors

Plains and Prints: mix and match of plains, prints, textures and colors. Pink plate chargers and Leona butter dish available at L’Indochine.

 

Be Playful

Play around with your basic whites. Mix and match. Be adventurous.

 Don’t afraid to combine different materials, textures, prints and colors.

Don’t afraid to combine different materials, textures, prints and colors.

Pair your basic white dinner plate with a colored salad plate or textured bowl.

Pair your basic white dinner plate with a colored salad plate or textured bowl.

This tie-dyed napkin is a perfect add-on to a boring white plate. Add a little pompom trinket for a bit go bohemian flair. Napkin Php 149.75 and Pompom Charm Php 149.75 both from L'Indohchine.

This tie-dyed napkin is a perfect add-on to a boring white plate. Indigo dyed napkin, pompom bag charm and Boqueria white plate available at L’Indochine.

Think Out-of-the-Box

When it comes to styling, sometimes, it is good to deviate a bit from the norm. This will make your tablescape unique, and out of the ordinary.

Trinket boxes can double as dip bowls

Trinket boxes can double as dip bowls. Ceramic animal box, L’Indochine.

Make a DIY napkin holder using rolled copper wire and accent it with a pompom keychain for bohemian flair. Pompom bag charm Php 149.75, L'Indochine

Make a DIY napkin holder using rolled copper wire and accent it with a pompom keychain for bohemian flair. 

 

Use blankets as tablecloths or picnic mats

Use blankets as tablecloths or picnic mats. Navy and fuchsia hand loomed blanket, L’indochine.                                                                                                         Make It Special

Put some thought and share your heart in your table.  This is best shown by adding personal touches like name cards, personalized menus, handwritten notes or small tokens for your guests to take home. Give attention to detail. Small things matter.

Complement your table setting with a printed menu card. A leaf to make it more Pintersting.

Complement your table setting with a printed menu card. A leaf to make it more Pintersting.

Surprise your guests with a trinket to take home. Ceramic Animal Box, Php 249.75 and Mint Green Glass Php 199.75 both from L'Indochine

Surprise your guests with a trinket to take home. Ceramic Animal Box and Mint Green Glass both from L’Indochine

Wow them with a simple amuse-bouche before the actual meal. Leona butter dish Php 249.75 available at L'Indochine.

Wow them with a simple amuse-bouche before the actual meal. Pink plate charger and Leona butter dish available at L’Indochine.

 

Seat plan the chic way. Blue and Whote Ceramic Box, Handprinted bowl both from L'Indochine.

Seat plan the chic way. Blue and white ceramic box, handpainted bowl both from L’Indochine.

 

Break the ice with a simple "Hello".

Break the ice with a simple “Hello”.

So there you go, these are simple guides to making your home gatherings more stylish. May this inspire you to gather family and friends around a beautifully set table, sumptuous meal and engage in meaningful conversations paired with resounding and heartfelt laughter.