“English merges dishes with party ideas, and having sampled her spiced apple pound cake, we can say with confidence that it’s just what readers need for parties as they look to spring and outdoor events.”—Library Journal
“There are few things more intimate and meaningful than welcoming guests into your home. The time and love that goes into planning a shared meal makes guests feel welcomed and loved, and Ashley English knows how to do that better than anyone. Handmade Gatherings is a celebration of simple but special ways to create an environment, from food to décor, that will make any friend, family member, or guest feel like they are the guest of honor.”—Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge
“As someone who often hosts gatherings, I appreciate Ashley’s approach to communal, potluck meals. I particularly value her approach to slowing down, appreciating the process of creating an experience, and noticing the changing of the seasons. Ashley has created a framework for celebrating friends and family, creating a community experience, and enjoying the beauty of the growing seasons and the changing calendar year.”—Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin
“While I wish I could say I whip up a multi-course meal on the regular for twenty of my closest friends and family, it simply doesn’t happen that way. Potlucks are one of ways I most enjoy having people over. I love the way that Handmade Gatherings encourages collaborative potlucks and also provides so much inspiration for each season—from the recipe to ideas for the décor. My potlucks are instantly so much better (and tastier).”—Joy D. Cho, creator of Oh Joy!
“Handmade Gatherings brings together Ashley’s seasonal recipes, crafts, and entertaining ideas, which I have been following for years now. From tips on how to make the most out of your market experience to how to get children involved in the activities, this book is filled with inspiration for parties, potlucks, and the like. Beautifully styled and photographed. Lovely all around.”—Aran Goyoaga, author of Small Plates and Sweet Treats and creator of Cannelle et Vanille
Craft Corsages and Boutonnieres
Create wearable décor and wardrobe embellishments for the event in the form of corsages and boutonnieres. Encourage guests to bring a few extra bits of foraged vegetation with them. Guests can then bring their corsages and boutonnieres home for pressing. Later, long after the gathering has passed, the pressed memento will serve as a beautiful testament to the splendor of the day, and the bounty that can be found on our verdant planet.
Strawberry and Lemon Curd Pavlova
What could be more delicious than a dessert with a meringue crust and a marshmallow center? Add lemon curd, a creamy whipped topping, and fresh spring strawberries and you’ve just about reached dessert perfection!