Throughout the past year social media have been flooded with images of delicious food pictures and gorgeous tables set for a spectacular gathering. Gatherings with the sole purpose to get you to open your home or venturing outdoors with your loved ones have definitely become a huge trend. It is all about getting people to gather and cook in their homes, and experience the world’s oldest act of communication: sharing a meal.
Remove as much of the fuss and formality of normal entertainment as possible. Set your table in a modest manner, and serve honest and straightforward food. The focus should be on the sense of togetherness and the tradition that is richly formed and celebrated through the shared meals. Invite family, friends and other guests to join in the preparations of the meals and dine around the table. Don’t be afraid to invite strangers, you never know, you might end up with new amazing friends.
On the brisk fall days we often experience in the Nordic region I often go for family walks and outings. We collect leaves and take in the change of season. I love the autumn days where the air is cooler and the colours are vibrant. I try to slow down to really enjoy the day. After a day outside, there is nothing better that enjoying a warm meal that has been in the making all day.
Get inspired by the surrounding outdoors, create a simple centrepiece of foraged branches and scatter leaves sporadically on the table. Select clean white plates and if you are not lucky enough to have a wooden table like Bolia’s Nordic or DT20, then cover up your table with a white linen tablecloth. Remember one thing; don’t over do it. Gatherings are about the food and the company, not some extravagant table setting.