Do you wish you had someone to help you plan each detail of our gatherings from the invitations to the food display?Is the table a place of insecurity for you? Do you feel like your gatherings leave you feeling empty instead of rejuvenated? Does the thought of navigating difficult conversations make you cringe?If you answered yes to any of these questions, this table is for you! Come chat with Kayty, Hospitality Educator and owner of Gather Intentional Living and Everyday Hospitality, about the various dynamics that keep us from gathering and the ways to make them beautiful and joy filled again! With conversations from experts in the field this show is relatable, inspiring and surely will give you the confidence you need to feel ready to open your door and fill your table.
Debunking Dress Codes & Overcoming "Yoga Pants Mom Rut"w/ Alison Lumbatis
“Wait, but what am I supposed to wear?” Have you ever received an invitation to an event and wondered that very question? We’ve all seen the movie plots where someone underdresses for a very formal occasion AND more times than not, that very plot finds its way into our own lives. So much of social anxiety starts with the invitation. When too little information is given or information is misunderstood, it leaves us wondering what is expected of us.
In this episode, we invited Outfit Formulas creator, Alison Lumbatis, to help us define six types of dress codes and give you clear, attainable formulas for each one!
How “Yoga pants mom rut” led Alison to a profound understanding of the importance of getting dressed.What is Outfit Formulas, and what is it that led 100,000+ members to join.Defining and understanding what is expected through: Smart casual - swings casual Business casual - swings formal Business professional attireCocktail - balance between formal and casual Formal What is a capsule wardrobe? How to create one and why they help.Notes to those who feel they are limited with personal style due to finances. Personal Style: How to find yours and how it helps you be a more confident host! Through all we do, our hope is to make gatherings filled with less anxiety and more confidence getting to the table. This conversation will leave you feeling inspired, understood, and ready to take on your next invitation dress code with ease.
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Alison's book is available for purchase at Target and Amazon, HERE!.
Pit BBQ, Grilling Tell-All & Getting Father's Day Ready w/ Pit Master Pat
There is something so enticing about BBQ. Around the world this cooking technique is used and well-loved. With the summer upon us, cookouts are on our minds and yet so many of us only fall in the “I can cook a decent burger” category of BBQ skill level. All of us can say that there's a level of BBQ or grilling that we would love to improve in to give us an extra kick of confidence. Pit Master Pat Martin is truly a master of his craft and is leading the way in open pit BBQ through his many locations of Martin's BBQ and Hugh Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop. Through his new book, Life of Fire, he creates a tell-all of what he’s learned, all he knows, and how you too can master your own “over fire” eats this summer! With Father’s Day making its way here, not only do we think this cookbook would make the perfect gift, but we know that this conversation will get you itching to say, “Come to our house to celebrate. I'll cook!” In this conversation you will hear:
How his love for whole hog BBQ started.What Julia Child taught him about food, cooking, and technique. 7 stages of fire and how each one is used.What every host should know about grilling and BBQ.Go-to staple recipes and the truth about sauces.How and why BBQ is such a natural gatherer of people. The best way to include kids in the cookout process.
If you are from the south, run…don’t walk, to the nearest location of his restaurant! If not, be sure to pick up a copy of his book here!
Date With Kayt: Keeping Your Kids Safe With Open Door Hospitality
* This Episode is not suitable for little ears*
This past week a question came into our inbox:
" How do I host someone at my house that is 'creepy' with my kids"
...The question also included red flags that I believe many of you are facing and likely wondering how to deal with at your table.
Through this conversation I will bring to the table what I believe will be the start of a series on this show. While I am an advocate for open door hospitality, it is critical to know the warning signs. My hope through this is not that you build unnecessary walls, but rather feel well prepared and informed on how to keep your table one of celebrating and health. You can expect to hear:
What the risks are of exposing children to potentially risky behavior in adults How to approach these situations if they are family Next steps if you need to set boundaries or if you believe harm has already been done In this conversation I will be straight with you, because truthfully, this is for the safety of your home and your children.
I hope that through this conversation you feel that this is a safe space to have this conversation and that you don't feel panicked but instead, prepared. As we work to prepare you for everyday hospitality, we know that this is a small, but critical, part of the whole.
Cookie Art: Beginners Guide to Cookie Decorating w/ SweetAmbs
We’ve all been mesmerized by cookie decorating videos at one time or another. Something about them gives us a sense of wonder and a confidence that, “If they can do it…surely I can too!” We walk down the aisles of the grocery store buying far too many supplies, none of which we know how to use properly. We head home only to find out that we, in fact, should have looked up just a few more tutorials before getting started. If you find yourself nodding along to this experience, you are surely not alone!
What many don’t know is that my very first business endeavor was sugar cookie decorating. While it was short lived, this season soon became a crash course into what worked, what didn’t, and what everyone attempting to decorate needed to know! That time in my life was marked by spending far too much money on supplies that weren’t necessary, wasting loads of time and money on recipes that didn’t work, and scouring the internet for tutorials…which is where I found today’s guest. SweetAmbs took the internet by storm as she developed viral cookie decorating videos. Quickly after following her, I learned about a decorating course out of state. All by myself, I drove out of state to this workshop that finally gave me clarity and a solid grasp on the art!
Amber Spiegel will walk us through:
What it was like working at Wilton’s headquarters.Cookie Decorating 101: What tools you need and which ones to leave behind.Royal Icing: How to create different icing consistencies for the various decorating techniques.Picking the right cookie recipe and why it matters.Where to find quality workshops for specific designs and techniques.How to store cookies for gifting and extended freshness.
& more! While I know not all of you listening are looking to become the next viral cookie decorating star, I do know that decorating is an area so many of us aspire to have skills in and feel as though we fall short! Through this conversation, my hope is that this piques your interest, and gives you just the inspiration you need to keep creating and develop new found confidence as you do!
Get a copy of Amber’s Cookie Decorating Book Here!
Take one of Amber's Classes Here!
Follow her on instagram @sweetambs
Date with Kayt: 6 Ways to Make People Feel Seen at Our Tables & In Our Communities
Each month I lead one episode to dive deeper into hospitality, community, relationship and intentional living. This episode is one that was brewing in my heart all month, and finally I was able to put it to words!
It is very likely that you have had both of these experiences:
- Leaving an event feeling more disconnected than when you walked in &
- Leaving an interaction feeling deeply seen and craving more time together
We live in a time where we are more connected than ever, yet, lonelier than ever. What this tells me is that it's time to say, 'something needs to change.' Through various observations in our hospitality culture, my own community and experiences I have realized that there are 6 things we can do to make people feel more...seen.
While the epidemic of loneliness is deeply rooted, these small changes and steps can make a lasting ripple effect.
- Replacing the phrase "It's not my place"
- How to make connections with people you see often in public
- Extending unlikely invites
- Eye contact
- Introducing your guests to one another
- Added personalization in the details
Can you imagine what that would look like, if we went first to make people feel seen? I can, because I have been through the receiving end, and it's powerful! Let's make the decision today to make these few small changes, and go first.
Culture Building Through the NYC Food Scene w/ Amelie Kang from Mala Project
Many of us daydream of leaving our home country to pursue our dreams, yet not many of us find ourselves making that a reality. Amelie Kang was one of the few who took the leap, leaving her home in China to move to America and explore a career in culinary arts. After years of being a student to a Chinese teacher with international cooking exposure and her grandmother's culinary influence, her curiosity was heightened. Upon arriving in America, she soon graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and hopped on the fast track to open her own restaurant. Through monumental success and a few bumps along the way, Amelie kept one thing at the forefront of all she does, keeping customer experience first. Through her dining, Mala Project aspires to bring bold, authentic flavors of China to the American table with a form of dining new to many of us called dry pot. This dynamic conversation will serve up:
Her journey to America, and her inspiration along the way.How she ended up on Forbes 30 under 30 list and what she learned through the successes and failures along the way. What it means to be a “customer service company that happens to serve food.”How everyday hosts can bring her “culture building” philosophy to their own tables.How to broaden our scope of Chinese food with new menu items and dishes to try! Amelie and I found ourselves sharing so many of the same values when it comes to the table! We are overjoyed to bring you such an inspiring story of courage and community!
So much wonderful!
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