THE ENTERTAINMENT FACTOR

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As published in Gather.

One of the most coveted factors of buying a home is hosting the first gathering within your new space. Once the proverbial dust from the renovations, the decorating and the unpacking has settled, we are given the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with the fun of entertaining; moving into a new abode comes with the seemingly rare occasion to redefine your style, and – while that may seem obvious within your decor – this translates down to the details of the first time you welcome friends and loved ones into the space.

Defining [or refining] your entertaining style may seem like a last-on-the-list indulgence, especially after purchasing a home, but often a few subtle changes to your current lineup of serving-ware and hosting goods can have an impactful presence when entertaining, allowing the aesthetic and overall vibe of your new space to integrate seamlessly. We have curated a list of some of our favourite local and global resources for items that create an effortlessly elevated entertaining experience…

FLAX HOME LINEN NAPKINS

Female-run Vancouver linen house Flax Home created a capsule collection of goods (in collaboration with Vancouver/ Paris-based creator Jackie Kai Ellis) that offer a nod to fine French dining with an approachable, family-friendly lineup of linen napkins, aprons and totes. For a luxurious – and environmentally-friendly – element to entertaining, introduce the Oversized Napkins and the Cocktail Napkins to your serving go-to’s … but be prepared for your guests to be hooked on the experience of linen!

shopflaxhome.com

FABLE FLATWARE

Reaching far beyond their utilitarian function, the matte black flatware from Fable is crafted by the Herdmar family in the Porto region of Portugal. These elegant pieces are restaurant quality, meaning they are designed to last through meals and washes for years to come… the timeless shape will allow you to entertain with these with longevity, while the matte black finish offers an impactful element of design that never goes out of style.

fablehome.co

JANAKI LARSEN DISHWARE

A literal piece of art on their own, each handmade plate, bowl and dish from local potter, Janaki Larsen, is sure to create a wow-factor setting for dinner – no matter what’s on the menu. Crafted with the desire for storytelling and a sense of connection to the earth, Janaki’s dishwares bring an element of the organic to the table. Each piece is unique in size, shape and finish, which allows you to maintain an invitingly casual vibe without the airs of a perfectly matched set.

janakilarsenceramics.com

UNION WOOD CO. SERVING BOWLS

From charcuterie bits to salads to family-style dishes, these oxidized oak wood bowls from local woodworking studio Union Wood Co have got your serving needs covered. Using an ancient method of oxidization, these ebony-toned bowls create a little dose of drama to your table-scape, while offering a beautiful way to incorporate sustainably harvested natural materials into the space.

unionwoodco.com

GOOD BEAST GLASSWARE

Simplistic yet strikingly unique, these Smoke Grey ‘Crushed’ glasses are locally created in Vancouver at Good Beast studio; durable enough for everyday use (and dishwasher safe!) yet a definite conversation starter when serving cocktails, these one-of-a-kind pieces are hand formed working with the weakness of glass in its’ molten state to create familiar yet unrepeatable forms.

goodbeast.ca

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