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Life is all about growth, change, maturation. Human connection and the interpersonal relationships we nurture are the impetus for putting in the work. Think about it: nothing helps ease a hard week more than a get together with the people you love most. Whether it be family dinners, intimate gatherings with friends, or grand social events, these shared moments are the ones that shape our happiness and they are the ones worth celebrating. Now that we’ve established the grand picture, let’s talk details.

One of my greatest joys is to share time with loved ones and to honor this time by paying special attention to the parts of the whole. From the menu to table settings to decor, creating a beautiful space begets beautiful space in the bigger sense. Chentell Ariella Stiritz of Convivial Production brings the art of entertaining to a whole new level with her line of gorgeous, hand-crafted goods. This Rustic Structural Hanging Planter just begs for a sun-filled window and these Deep Dish Plates are quite possibly the top of my list for ‘most coveted dishes ever.’ Convivial Production brings attention to the details and leaves us with the opportunity to create something lasting, memorable. Details.

Convivial Production is giving away set of black stackable Hexagon Bowls – 5 total – to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, April 23rd.
Please visit Convivial Production and tell us: What is your idea of a perfect gathering with friends/family?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, April 29th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Nikki says:

    An intimate group where each person present visits and shares and listens with a happy heart.  Good music, flowers, candles, twinkle lights, special drinks (italian sodas for kids or shirley temples to make them feel special too), tasty food laid out attractively, and even something fun or interesting to do (play a game, roast marshmallows, throw darts, make sundaes…). 

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    intimate, relaxing and good, good food. 

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    ren says:

    as much as i love having just a few friends over on a sunday afternoon, i really love a big party, with people coming and going and music and drinks and chips and dips and all the stuff that goes with it. i like to flit around and chat and refill drinks and see all my friends in one place every once in a while.

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    Tiffany says:

    The perfect gathering always involves an honest laugh.

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    Kate B says:

    I love a gathering that’s chock-full of laughter and engagement. When people can sit around and share their thoughts without feeling awkward, and at least one person has their perspective changed in the course of an evening. Also, lots of delicious food, probably contributed from different people who have brought things that they’re proud to share.

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    Valerie C. says:

    I loved their site! I think outdoor parties are wonderful with lots of flowers and great food………then beautiful twinkling lights as it gets dark. If I had a pool, it would be perfect 🙂

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    Pumpernickel says:

    A gathering that involves my favorite people, the great outdoors, good food and no mosquitoes is perfect in my opinion.

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    Briana says:

    My husband and I were just talking about this recently. The more we have people over, the more we want to do it again. And again! That’s one thing we were meant to do. Fellowship with one another. Talk, laugh, eat…  Just be together with other people who are just like you, or maybe very different. But everyone has something to share, and something to learn.  My perfect gathering consists of friends and family (smaller groups usually but once in a while it’s fun to really get the party going) lots of food, and good food, chatting, laughing, and an activity… Board game, a game of bocce ball in the yard, or a surf session. Just be with people! If you’re not, what’s the point?

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    Susanna B. says:

    My ideal gathering is a small group of friends or family in our backyard garden eating homemade pizza (my husband makes amazing pizza) with big glasses of wine. Preferably springtime, when it’s warm but before the mosquitoes come out!!

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    Kristen says:

    The perfect gathering allows a person to walk away feeling like they got a glimpse into the way things are supposed to be in the world. I’ve experienced this three times. All of these involved food, live music, neighbors and strangers. Food is tasty and reminds us that we are all human. Music allows us to breathe and move together in a group rhythm. Neighbors provide a sense of comfort and love. Strangers make it all a little more exciting. 

    Something transformative happens when you play a tambourine with a bunch of people, some of whom you know and some of whom you do not know. Something transformative happens when you share food with these people. Something transformative–that is my idea of a perfect gathering. 

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    Kelsey says:

    An evening of food and laughter and cards with family and friends together inside in the winter or outside by a campfire in the summer

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    Jennifer says:

    There are very few ingrediants required for the perfect gathering: a great combination of guests, a comfortable atmosphere and enough yummy food for everyone to have seconds!

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    iamalighthouse says:

    Something small and intimate and cozy. People who love each other and love having a good time!

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    Kat D.R. says:

    I love having a relaxed gathering at home.  Cooking something simple or ordering pizza and just hanging out and talking is the best.  

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    Charlotte D. says:

    Just having my kids and husband at home for dinner and movie night.  We love good food and watch lighthearted movies. 

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    Wehaf says:

    A perfect gathering is a big outside potluck on a beautiful day, with everyone I love.

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    Samantha S says:

    An outdoor picnic, possibly barbeque, in the late summer evening.

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    sam says:

    The impromptu gathering of friends in the backyard – fire pit, S’mores, drinks and laughs. There is nothing better. 

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    Emma L says:

    A crazy beach picnic in July – grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors, new girlfriends, old friends; a jumble of drinks and sand castles and sunburnt cheeks and volleyball and inflatable hippos and cucumber sandwiches and melting ice cream and bad music on the ancient radio that somehow is the only device to survive the beach picnic, year after year after year.

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    cindy says:

    My idea of a perfect gathering is a picnic at the park. I love telling a large group of people where we are going to be and just seeing who shows up and who brings what. No one has to feel responsible for hosting since we are at a park, the kids can come and go to the playground and the rest of us can sit around on blankets talking, eating, laughing and enjoying the fresh air. The only necessity—Lemonade! 🙂

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    Veronica says:

    I think the perfect gathering would be getting to acctually see my entire family (About 200 people)

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I think my perfect gathering is done after dinner  when we all get together just for dessert – we have more time to talk and we don’t focus on food since we aren’t starving. We savor the dessert and really talk and laugh more…oh and did I mention we are sitting in the living room so we are more relaxed and there is definitely coffee involved.

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    Elizabeth says:

    A perfect gathering is not something you can plan. (Says the girl who agonizes over the tiniest details when she throws a dinner party.)

    My favorite time in the whole world is when I am entertaining. Although I’m normally a show boat, when I can throw myself into cooking and caring for people, I just disappear. I just dissolve and can watch with utter happiness as other people take center stage. That, to me, is a successful gathering. It’s when I get to watch other people flourish and I’m standing back.

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    Monica Borge says:

    I love cooking and experimenting with recipes so my ideal gathering would be hosting a tasting party. I’m not an emotional person or very open but to me cooking for someone is how I say I care. That’s why I love doing it.

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    Susie H. says:

    A smaller gathering of good friends and family, and open-ended time to savor the moments as they unfurl. Add some in-season slow food and good conversation and it’s memories in the making.

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    HNR says:

    A dinner part with delicious, fresh, homemade food; great tunes playing in the background; and most importantly, lots of genuine, deep-down belly laughter!

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    jane says:

    i think the best gatherings always tend to involve food, so a homecooked meal would be the perfect setting. homecooked because it shows you care enough to nourish them with something you worked to make and not simply dash into a store to settle a meal. many of the best conversations i’ve had with family and friends were in the comfort of a home, over simple homecooked dishes… being in a home rather than a restaurant – to me – makes the atmosphere more cosy as opposed to formal, especially when allowing people into our homes where we are made vulnerable. the best gatherings i’ve had have always been in such settings, be it simple dinners with my family where we talk for hours at the dinner table over random things like politics and uni life, to chinese new year arrangements with my extended family, or class reunions and sleepovers with my always-boisterous classmates at one of our homes, playing mahjong and truth-or-dare or having heart-to-heart talks at 3am in the morning 🙂

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    Gina Bartok says:

    my idea of a perfect gathering takes place in the summer time, outdoors with both close friends and family. there would be food and lots of it, especially a fruit salad, Italian subs and some pistachio pudding that my nana makes. There would be games and swimming and little kids everywhere 🙂 it would capture the simply joy of summer time.

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    sparrow says:

    Chentell! You should be a poet. Your introductory words were absolutely beautiful. Your approach to beauty inspired me. I love foot and to feed people, for me, is love. I feed my children good and whole food because I love them. I invite people to sit around my table and partake of goodness because I love them. It’s how I show love. I invite strangers to my table. Family. Friends. I love to commune over hot plates of steaming food, over cool, refreshing platters of fruit. Ideally, I would gather all my family around me on a perfect summer evening and we would partake of a complicated meal that you put together at the table, like fresh spring rolls or fondue. I love creating and sharing food together. It creates community, memory, and sustenance. 

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    megan says:

    I envision a breezy, sunny spring day with family and friends accompanied with a bottle of local wine, some cheese, and bread. I work at a local winery and love watching families and friends connect on our grounds. It makes me LOVE my job!