This fall season, it's all about cozy, intimate gatherings. We're still reeling from the pandemic, and many of us aren't yet confortable with large gatherings.
This is a blessing in many ways. Intimate groups foster deeper conversation, and after all the isolation, it's the perfect way to reconnect.
The DelVecchios of Bellevue live in a 1920's cottage straight out of a Hans Christian Andersen storybook, and their backyard features a Japanese maple rumored to be planted by Lewis Ginter himself.
Hostess Jessica DelVecchio has a natural eye for design, and knows how to play off the cottage architecture of her home. It features warm layers and texturing, with throw blankets, pouf ottomans and lit candles. Keeping with the season, the porch is loaded with mums and pumpkins, and playful Halloween decorations grace the mantle.
As a contrast to the chill in the air outside, we sat down to comfort food. Shrimp scampi sat on a bed of buttery fettucine, served with a crisp Caesar salad. Ryan was the chef that evening, insisting on simmering the shrimp tails for flavor. Between that, and his generosity with butter, there wasn't a noodle left. We grated fresh parmesan atop our plates - a nice touch.
As we ease back into our old social routines, go ahead and host an intimate gathering with those you've missed. A little comfort food and soft lighting goes a long way. If your friendship survived the pandemic, a celebration is in order.