While I tend to feature larger parties on yamf, I’m much more a fan of small gatherings for several reasons. One being that I dislike when too many conversations are going on at once and I can’t seem to insert myself in any of them. Two, I’m really bad at estimating how much food to make. And three, our table can only seat six people. So I’ve made it a goal to invite smaller groups over for casual dinners monthly. The newly released title, The Set Table: the Art of Small Gatherings by Heather Shuckburgh, is inspiring me to be thoughtful in planning each one and include special touches like colorful napkins, a mix of patterned plates, or a silver cup of flowers. Maybe pretty details will distract from the fact that I’m no Julia Child.