Pre-ordered bouquets are beautiful, but Joanna is all for informality and excess. ‘I just plonk a lot of something in a vase,’ she says. ‘Entertaining to me is about creating a feeling of generosity and abundance, so you want lots of flowers and delicious food however simple.’
‘I always set up a bar with a help yourself approach. For summer I’m serving pink gin. What’s more inviting than a pink drink at a summer party?’
‘It needn’t be fancy. No one cares. Not really. ‘Complicated food makes for a stressed hostess. I’m not against buying a pre-made dish. Remember the beauty of entertaining at home is that you want people to be relaxed, so family style is always my preferred.’
‘Joanna’s tables are always laid thoughtfully, combining a mismatch of vintage crockery, French linens and low lying florals - whatever catches her eye on the day. But when it comes to place settings, she likes the formality of deciding who should sit where, mostly so she can practice her calligraphy for the name cards and mix up the guest list. ‘I insist on a mix of ages for my parties, you need some young ones to rev it up.’
Rich Tapestry indeed.
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