French Fête: As we ease back into entertaining, Jessie Gillham of Festive Haus takes inspiration from abroad for a spring affair that can be scaled to any size
In a time where we are beginning to invite loved ones back into our homes and share in the simple pleasures of hosting friends, party planner Jessie Gillham (@thefestivehaus) is all about enjoying the moment. “I think we all appreciate life and the opportunity to gather together a little more,” she says. Running with this thought, Jessie is sharing ideas for a French-inspired brunch that will allow you to focus on what truly matters—your guests. “I love how the French have mastered the art of joie de vivre, and entertaining in the morning is a great way to capture this idea because you don’t have the pressure of a formal dinner. It allows you to slow down and take it all in,” she says. To this point, “I didn’t want anything that wasn’t relatable or that was too complicated,” she adds, noting the flowers were from a local florist’s cooler and the food was pre-prepared from a local grocer. “I always say the host sets the tone. If the host is having fun, the guests will, too, so make it easy on yourself,” says the planner, who also creates and sells themed charcuterie boards….