Old Salem Dinner PartyFeatured on Cottage Hill

Some of our favorite images from a lovely little community dinner that was featured earlier this year.
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Winston Salem Photography

Here’s a bit of the inspiration that we shared with Cottage Hill:

Some time ago my wife and I sat with two friends, in the quiet hours after their children had fallen asleep, casually dreaming up an outdoor gathering. It was a bit of a surprise to all of us that we found ourselves, months later, having followed through on organizing a menu and having recruited a few friends to share their skills in “making things pretty”. After a few days spent in the kitchen and running around town to pick up table settings and florals we realized that perhaps we had underestimated the difficulty of our adventure. The night came, though, and friends new and old began to arrive in their festive attire. What exactly we were celebrating was still a bit of a mystery to us.

A friend of mine once suggested that attempts to end hunger in the world were poorly named. He argued that the true goal wasn’t to end hunger but rather to ensure access to food. Hunger itself is our greatest uniting experience and its reminder that none of us are without need is to be embraced. Hunger is shared by all, crossing any divisions we create among ourselves. It not only connects us through our shared need but also in the sense that it calls us to join with others at the table. It calls us from our work and play and asks us to sit side by side with friends, family, and even those we have yet to meet.

At it’s heart I believe our evening was a celebration of this common experience, a shared meal. It isn’t often that we decorate and adorn the table, putting it on display and drawing attention to its place at the center of our lives. Holidays and, of course, weddings come to mind, unique times in life that we single out as being special. In reality, there is deep beauty in even the most mundane communion. It takes a sincere intentionality to step out of our busyness, to slow down, and to patiently observe the ordinary…and I’m glad that we did. The common things of life often prove the most meaningful.

film lab Photovisionflorals Amy Lynn Originalspaper goods & letterpress Manifesto Letterpress • servingware Lani Paulcake & deserts Bread & Butter Bakery • candles Creative Candles • ribbon Silk & Willow • location Private Home in Historic Old Salem