2. Create An Inviting and Cozy Ambiance
Low wattage bulbs, twinkling lights, and taper candles add warm light and create just the right mood in the couple’s cozy dining room. Houska likes to set the table a few hours before guests arrive so she has time to enjoy the process. “Setting the table is one of my favorite parts of hosting, a ritual of sorts. It’s a time for me to get creative and enjoy some moments of solitude before guests arrive.” Layering vintage elements like blue willow dishes and brass candle holders, along with natural elements like fresh greens, flowers and produce create an inviting vibe that feels artisanal but not fussy. Music is another key to ambience in their household. “Jazz is always a safe option, but we also like a little soul and pop, like Leon Bridges or the Alabama Shakes.” A record player sits in the dining room as well where guest can get interactive and play a record they pick out.