Having trouble finding the perfect gift to bring your selfless, super entertainer, best friend, party guru host??
Choosing gifts can be difficult, especially for that bad ass host that never fails to curate a magical night for you! And with fall finally here, dinner parties and small gatherings are probably quickly filling up your calendar!
So what do you get for one of these enlightened hosts that is worthy of showing your upmost gratitude?
No need to stress– we have rounded up our favorite gift ideas that will make any enlightened super host feel loved and appreciated and allow you to chill out and enjoy the event, worry free!
Eucalyptus Wine Bag
We adore this “traveling” wine bag from bunglo. Not only is the pattern beautiful, the bag is eco friendly and meant to be gifted forward!The tag on the bag shows where the bag has been each time it was gifted. Although, don’t be surprised if your host falls in love with the bag and keeps it for themselves!! Slip a bottle of your host’s favorite wine and you’re good to go!
Dried Flower Bouquet
Dried flower bouquets make for beautiful gifts! The dried flowers will last a lifetime as opposed to live bouquets that will only last a few days. If you know that your host loves dainty flowers, pick up a dried bouquet in colors that go with the event, so your host can display them!
You can never go wrong with candles! Think about your host and the perfect scent for them. Finding candles that are hand poured or come in cute pots like these concrete ones will make the gift extra special.
Aromatherapy Burn Bundles
Burn bundles are an incredibly thoughtful gift for the enlightened host. We love this ‘Wand of Libra’ bundle from Lit Rituals, especially since October is the month of the Libra! Your host will be dying to burn their bundle and wind down from the party.
Is your host always excited to try new mock-tails in the kitchen? If ye, they will love these non-alcoholic seedlip cocktails + a recipe book for more experimentation!
Curated Thank You Cards
Want to go with a simple option? A carefully picked, funny/sentimental thank you card is a great way to express your gratitude. Your kind host will love reading your warm words and leave them feeling appreciated. You can choose a card that will get a cheeky chuckle or go with a card featuring a local artist’s work!
We hope you’re feeling inspired with these host gift ideas! Grab your favorite and get ready for all of your fall events!
Creating experiences for guests to enjoy and leave inspired is any enlightened host’s intention. As the fall weather cools, a shift in energy starts bringing groups together after the busy schedules of the hot summer season fades away.
Sharing dinner with friends and family is an intimate and fun way to ring in the last few months of the year. October, especially with great outdoor weather, is a month to recuperate and rejoin with others.
So, how are you decorating your tabletop this fall season?
Your tabletop setting is the element of your dinner party that can set your gathering apart and create a lasting impression in the minds of your guests. Think of your table setting as the featured art piece of the evening (in addition to the delicious cuisine, of course!!).
A beautiful table setting will encourage your guests to gather, and remain gathered, around the table for the duration of the night– it is a way to encourage a comfortable setting for the conversation to flow and set the mood for good vibes to last through the evening.
You may be staring at your blank dining table and thinking to yourself “where and how do I even begin to make this bare, ten year old table, with stains from my messy children, look inviting and beautiful?!”
Do not stress– we have you covered! We have simplified the process and will provide you with key elements necessary to turn your dining space into a dreamy, celebrity event worthy set up! As your guests start to gather around the table at your next dinner party, you’ll hear the ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ all the way from the kitchen as they lay eyes on your tabletop masterpiece!
The space you designate for your dining event is vital to the overall mood! If the weather allows, try moving your table outside for a dinner under the twinkle lights, with fresh air! If the weather isn’t cooperating or if you don’t have the outdoor space, make sure your indoor setting has enough room for guests to walk around the table and feel spacious. Try rearranging furniture to create a cute dining nook! Remember, the goal is to make your guests feel comfortable- not squashed and stuffy!
Seriously, this element of your tabletop decor is a no-brainer! Remember those stains you were talking about from your messy littles?? A table runner will disguise those stains and cover any problem areas on your dining table, while adding texture to your set up!
You have a lot of freedom in what table runner you prefer on the table. For more coverage, a full table cloth may be your best bet! Think of how beautiful a white or naturally dyed linen table cloth would look draped over your table. If you are into more of a design-heavy table top, try a piece of linen or gauze fabric placed in the middle of your table and scrunch it around to create texture.
Not into the fancy texture method? Try placing a flat table runner through the center of your table- in any color you feel will set the mood you’re after! We love burnt orange and subdued browns for fall. Remember to choose your table runner with your placemats in mind– are you including placemats or not? These are all elements to consider!
Check out these table runner inspiration photos!
CANDLESTICKS AND ENLIGHTENED DECOR
Want to really set the mood? Candles are an amazing addition to any tabletop setting because they will not only add a bit of warmth, but they will bring a mood of intimacy too. If you don’t want to light a bunch of candles, that’s okay too. Just adding candlesticks to your table will help you to create the overall aesthetic you’re going for and fill in any empty spaces. Candlesticks of different heights and widths will provide different visual levels to your table! If you’re looking to curate a mid century, 70s-vibe aesthetic, try using colored glass candlesticks that don’t necessarily “match.” We love the eclectic look for fall, plus you can find affordable and unique candlesticks at your local vintage & thrift stores!
To add another layer of art to your tabletop, scatter in some crystals or little jars to create a magical tablescape. The crystals will bring in good energy and help manifest any intentions for the evening, while looking unbelievably beautiful! Little glass jars or trays that go along with your eclectic candlestick design will also add another focal point to your table!
Here’s some inspiration!
Flower displays are one of the most vital elements to curating a fresh, magical tabletop! Bring some life to the table and natural coloring with blooms that match your overall theme for the evening. If you have a long table, try making three or four smaller bouquets that you can place throughout the length of the table. If you’re working with a more intimate table, try making one centerpiece bouquet (not too large that guests won’t be able to make eye contact) and a few smaller ones to place around the center.
For a natural aesthetic tabletop, spread a few petals or stems on the table cloth/runner for a design that looks effortless. Almost as if the petals and stems just landed there on their own. If you’re not into boquets, try using little jars or skinny vases to place just a few stems in. These can be short or tall!
We’ve rounded up some photos to help you get the style you’re looking for!
UTENSILS, DISHES + NAPKINS
Now, veering away from the center of your table– the dishes and utensils! These elements are equally as important as the center decor. Think of what glasses your guests will need, ie. water glasses, wine, cocktail etc. Going with the eclectic, thrifted theme, we love using glassware that doesn’t “match” for that unique look. This also means you don’t have to go buy an expensive set of glasses to curate a beautiful table! But if you have a full set of glasses then that is great too and will bring a cohesive look to the table.
Plates and bowls are really up to your aesthetic! We love the natural vibe of handmade ceramic plates and bowls, as well as the simplicity of a clean, white dish! Think of the food you are serving and what dish will properly display the cuisine’s colors and elements– because the food is a part of the art, too!
The napkins are a fun element to any table that can give you the chance to really explore with patterns! Try a patterned, colorful napkin that plays on the theme of your event. Or, for a simple table setting, or a setting with many other decor elements, use solid color linen napkins for a clean look. Like we mentioned earlier, burnt orange, burgundy and tans/browns are great colors for fall!
Here are our favorite utensil+dish set ups, featuring some fun napkins!
WORK WITH WHAT YOU HAVE
On a budget, or too busy to gather new decor before your party? That’s more than okay– work with what you already have!
Gathering flowers from your garden for a bouquet or to spread on the table is easy and free! This will bring in a natural aesthetic and elevate the design! Lay out your existing napkins and utensils in a way that feels new to you, so that you feel your setting is fresh! Gather items from around the house, such as candles or little accent pieces to make the center feel complete. If you have little ones running around, they will love getting creative and helping you to set the table!
Ready to host your next fall dinner party?! Share with us your tabletop setting on Instagram! Tag us @thebunglo!
Table Set Up to Curate The Perfect Dinner Party Table This Fall.
As the weather eases into breezy fall nights, our dinner parties are about to move outside to soak in every last bit of warmth before the winter hits. Hosting a dinner party can be stressful if you aren’t a natural born event planner– but with a few tips and tricks, you’ll be hosting with intention and have your guests completely fooled.
Whether you’re lounging with some citrus sundowners or planning a three course meal, your tabletop will set the mood for the evening and provide a welcoming space for your guests, ultimately opening up the floor for good conversation and memories that last.
Setting up your table can be easy with the right tools. A quality napkin with a fun, intriguing pattern, or simply a calming color, will make all the difference and bring a sense of cohesiveness to the table. Here are three napkins from enlightened shops to elevate your tabletop this fall!
Bunglo Emerald Organic Napkin Set
These Bunglo napkins are made with organic cotton and made here in the USA. Pair with brass utensils and wooden accents, or for a simple look, use white dishes to let the patterns speak for themselves. With prints in nearly every color, these napkins will be sure to enlighten your tabletop set up, inspire your guests and make a statement!
Linen Feldhaus Napkins
For a neutral option, the Linen Feldhaus Napkins by Heath Ceramics provide an earthy tone to your set up. The flax linen is soft and will bring a natural aesthetic to your tabletop. Shades of sand and charcoal will ground your space and act as perfect accents for fall. Style these with black ceramic dishes and stone vases filled with local fall blooms for an Earthy feel.
I Love Linen Pure French Linen Napkins
Solid color, linen napkins are a sophisticated classic. I Love Linen is an aussie brand, home to lovely shades of sage, white, blush and more. All napkins are made with 100% pure french linen– soft to the touch, clean for your skin and adds an overall elegance to set the table!
We hope these napkins will help you feel confident in setting up your dream dinner table! There are many other ways to bring your tabletop together– like adding vases with flowers or even an eclectic array of glasses. Whatever your style may be, there are napkins out there to shape up your space and allow you to host with intention. Cheers to many lovely fall nights surrounded with good company.
We are in the midst of the hottest part of the summer in Central Texas; your body is working hard, and it’s essential to replenish all the vital nutrients it needs!
Omega fatty acids can help lower the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, fight against depression, dementia, and arthritis. It’s important to remember that our body cannot produce them on its own; you have to consume them in food, or take supplements. The best source of omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, is in fish.
High intakes of dietary nitrate, like that found in arugula, have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce the amount of oxygen needed during exercise, and enhance athletic performance. This is great when your body is working extra hard during the heat! Consuming 2 cups of arugula will provide an intake of 20 percent of vitamin A, over 50 percent of vitamin K, 8 percent of vitamin C, folate, and calcium needs for your day.
Did you know that Avocados contain more potassium than a banana? Avocados are packed with essential nutrients, and ideally should be consumed daily!
In avocados, you will find:
Vitamin K: 26% of the daily value (DV)
Folate: 20% of the DV
Vitamin C: 17% of the DV
Potassium: 14% of the DV
Vitamin B5: 14% of the DV
Vitamin B6: 13% of the DV
Vitamin E: 10% of the DV
Avocados also contains magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).
Safe to say, in this yummy medley, you will be consuming a meal of superfoods.
Ingredients You’ll Need
4 (5- to 6-ounce) wild caught salmon filets
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups baby arugula
1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons fresh juice from 1 lemon.
Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 cloves of minced garlic
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh dill
Begin by prepping your dressing so that the ingredients may have time to meld together. Mince your fresh garlic, and mix into the olive oil, lemon juice, and dijon mustard. Add in the fresh dill, cayenne pepper, fresh ground black pepper, and Himalayan salt.
Place freshly sliced smoked salmon in a bowl, and pour the dressing over, set aside, and allow the fish to marinate.
You may leave the arugula in whole leaves, or slice into smaller bites. Dice the fresh avocado into cubes, and mix into the greens. Add in the salmon, and pour the remainder of the dressing over the ingredients, stirring together.
When we think about nature and health, we think of green.
Green vegetables contain an abundance of carotenoids-antioxidants that protect our cells. They also contain high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Leafy greens give the body folate. The word folate describing the B vitamin originates from the Latin root word folium, which means leaf. The function associated with folate is varied and works in conjunction with other nutrients. Folate deficiency is common, and leads to a multitude of health problems including digestive disorders, cardiovascular disease, and most famously perhaps, birth defects. Folate is also crucial in epigenetics (external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off without changing the DNA sequence), through a process known as methylation, where folate acts as a methyl donor promoting cellular differentiation. Folate is also essential for DNA and RNA synthesis, amino acid production, and cell division. To put it plainly, you really, really need folate in your diet.
Greens lead to longevity.
Ingredients You’ll Need
2 cups greens, kale, spinach, chard, and arugula
1 pound broccoli florets (about 10 cups)
4 large eggs
8 ounces sugar snap peas
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups cooked grains, such as farro, quinoa, and/or brown rice
2 cucumbers, halved, sliced
2 avocados, halved, pitted, sliced
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1 cup edamame
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup Bulgarian yogurt
2 1/4 teaspoons himalayan salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 cup mixed chopped cilantro, parsley, chives, and tarragon
Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss broccoli with 2 Tbsp. oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until charred and tender, 15–20 minutes.
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add eggs, cover, and cook 4-6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water (keep cooking water boiling) and let cool. Peel eggs.
Add sugar snap peas to boiling water and cook until bright green and just slightly tender, 1–2 minutes. Transfer to bowl with ice water.
Purée yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, herbs, 2 tsp olive oil, 1/4 cup Dijon mustard, 2 tsp nutritional yeast, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a food processor until smooth.
Toss grains, 1/2 cup dressing in a large bowl. Mix in broccoli, edamame, snap peas, cucumbers, and the mixed greens into the bowl. Top with avocado slices, pumpkin seeds, sliced eggs, and remaining herbs. Use any remaining dressing for drizzling atop your mix!
At Bouldin Creek Cafe in Austin, Texas, Tarzan’s Big Salad is becoming a local legend. With the perfect fusion of raw and sautéed ingredients, this dish will leave you begging for more. In an exceptional display, you will find an array of ingredients including seasoned roasted portobello, stir-fried broccoli tossed in nutritional yeast, local tomatoes, carrots, avocado, sunflower sprouts and seeds, layered with chipotle-pecan pesto, ginger miso dressing, and organic mixed greens.
Nutritional yeast is high in protein, and is a significant source of B-complex vitamins, iron, fiber, and thiamine. Often used as a cheese substitute, the flavor is described as nutty, savory, cheesy, and creamy. It makes for an excellent superfood with super flavor to add to nearly any meal.
What You’ll Need
organic mixed greens
sunflower sprouts & seeds
Mince ginger and garlic, and heat in a pan with coconut oil, stirring in salt, pepper, portobello mushrooms and broccoli. Sauté on medium heat for five minutes, or until the mushrooms and broccoli are a bit soft.
Stir together more minced ginger and garlic with chopped pecans, sunflower seeds, pesto, miso, and chipotle salsa, and begin preparing your vegetable medley.
Shred carrots, and chop avocado, tomatoes, and sunflower sprouts, and stir into mixed greens. Add your dressing, and let the ingredients begin to marinate together.
Once mushrooms and broccoli are heated, layer with nutritional yeast, and mix into the greens and veggies that you have marinating.
Following health-conscious recipes filled with nutrient packed foods will contribute to the energy of your body and your mind. Healthy food doesn’t have to be bland, in fact, some of the tastiest flavors can be combined to create exotic fusions. Eat clean to feel clean!
This island delicacy may appear complex and slightly intimidating to create, but it really is quite simple! The contents are fresh and raw, and require little preparation.
Ingredients You’ll Need
8-12 ounces of Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna, Salmon, or Tofu
1 cup of Steamed Jasmine or Brown Rice
1 Cucumber, Thinly Sliced
1 Avocado, Diced
3 stalks of Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
2 tablespoons Minced Shallot
2 radishes, Thinly Sliced
1/2 cup of Shredded Carrots
Fresh Minced Cilantro and Basil
2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
Freshly Grated Ginger (to taste)
Soy Sauce or Tamari (Gluten Free)
Rice Wine Vinegar
*Shichimi Togarashi is a mix of spices and herbs including Sansho (Sichuan pepper), dried citrus peel, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, hemp seeds, ginger, garlic, shiso (Japanese basil), and nori (pressed seaweed). Most of these ingredients might already be in your pantry, but the rests should be available at your local Asian food supply.
Begin steaming your rice of choice; I personally prefer jasmine sticky rice for taste, but brown rice has a bit more fiber. Whether you choose white or brown rice, you will still be consuming almost exactly the same number of calories, carbs, protein, and fat.
Shred carrots into a jar. Whisk together shredded ginger, and rice wine vinegar and pour into carrots. Shake and refrigerate one hour to pickle carrots.
Cut the Ahi Tuna, Salmon, or Tofu neatly into 1/2-inch cubes, and place into a bowl.
Stir in soy sauce or Tamari, sesame oil, Dijon mustard, rice wine vinegar, cayenne pepper, minced shallots and garlic, and chopped green onions. Refrigerate while you prepare other ingredients.
Fill the bottom of your bowl with your rice of choice, and top with freshly minced cilantro and basil, diced avocado, the pickled carrots, grated ginger, and thinly sliced cucumbers and radishes.
Scoop the tuna, salmon, or tofu on top, and garnish with Shichimi Togarashi and green onions.
Summer is the time of year when we want to be lighter and more energetic. We want clarity of mind, and optimal health in our bodies. It’s the time of year where we spend more time outside, with less clothing, so we want to look and feel our best!
We are beginning a weekly series of healthy recipes to help you become inspired to take charge of your nutrition by eating cleaner!
The 10-minute Thai Cucumber Salad
Ingredients You’ll Need
2 organic cucumbers
1 shallot, minced, or 1/4 cup of red onion
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup of freshly minced coriander or cilantro
1 fresh red chili pepper with seeds removed
1/4 cup of chopped roasted peanuts
2 Tbsp. of fish sauce
1/2 lime squeezed
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 cloves of minced garlic
1/4 cup of cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp. of honey
Begin by making your dressing, so that the garlic and herbs can marinate in the sauce while you prep the other ingredients. Mince the green onions, coriander, garlic, shallots, and red chili peppers, and mix them together in a measuring cup. Measure and pour in the fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, cayenne pepper, and honey. Stir the dressing until you have a paste, and let it sit while you prepare the cucumbers.
Thoroughly wash the cucumbers so you may leave the skin on, and remove each end. Slice paper thin, and place in a bowl with the chopped peanuts. Mix in the dressing, and place the salad in your refrigerator to allow the cucumbers time to soak up the flavor!
Perfect sized bites for your Thanksgiving appetizers! Simple, whole ingredients such as mushroom, walnuts, garlic, shallots, sage, rosemary, thyme, cranberries and nutritional yeast flakes for the ‘bread crumb’s’ – 100% vegan plant based and gluten free!
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Vegan comfort food is what it’s all about this season! Indulge in your family favorites without that tired feeling at the end of the meal! Shepherd’s pie is a favorite for sunday dinners or your plant based Thanksgiving.
What’s Thanksgiving without stuffing?! Try this simple vegan stuffing recipe that we swear is better than the original! Gluten free? Pick up gluten free bread crumbs from Whole Foods – they stock them seasonally!
Vegan Mashed Potatoes With Garlic & Chives
Warm, buttery mashed potatoes! A signature dish for the holidays and probably the easiest to make vegan!
Plant Based Green Bean Casserole
This fabulous recipe uses cashews instead of cheese and unsweetened almond milk instead of milk. 100% vegan and who doesn’t love green bean casserole?
Onion, Black Olive & Thyme Tart
Let’s be serious. The breadbasket needs an update. Impress your guests with this veggie packed, whole-grain loaf. Best part? It’s gluten free!
Turmeric Roasted Chickpea Carrot Salad With Apple Cider Tahini Dressing
Roasted turmeric chickpeas and multi colored carrots topped with a light apple cider vinegar dressing. Add a few brussel sprouts to make the recipe your own!
(ALMOST) CLASSIC CHICKPEA VEGAN MEATLOAF
” This hearty vegan meatloaf is made from a base of seasoned chickpeas, baked up to perfection and topped with a flavorful maple glaze. It’s not quite a classic meatloaf. It’s better. ” – Alissa from http://www.connoisseurusveg.com
Vegan Mushroom Make-Ahead Gravy
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a plant based vegan gray! Replace the flour in the recipe with rice flour to make gluten free friendly.
Vegan No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Tarts
Real food. Who said dessert couldn’t be healthy? These are just so good that we gave them two photos on the blog!
Vegan Pecan Pie
Rich, sweet and the perfect way to end your plant based Thanksgiving!
Vegan Chai Latte
Treat your guests to a warm drink at the end of the night. A great alternative to coffee and definitely a specialty!
Let us know your favorite plant based vegan recipes to share!
This time of year I’m all about the festive flavors.
I love filling the house with warm spices and hearty foods that make me feel all cozy while wrapped under a big blanket.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve taken the chance to think about how to incorporate lighter fare into my meals while still using the ingredients that are so prominent during these holidays.
Having taken the last year or so to really focus on my health and incorporating wellness into even more aspects of my life, I’ve discovered those staple ingredients that I always have on hand. Sweet potatoes are one of those vegetables that is so easy to cook up into a healthy and filling meal, and while I eat them year-round, they taste even better during these months. Roasting them low and slow in the oven really gives them the chance to get nice and sweet while caramelizing the sugars they have. You could easily stuff these guys with any of your favorite toppings :: greens, rice, lentils, etc. I made this lentil and quinoa stuffing that is the perfect savory pairing. I really wanted to celebrate the season, so I added a handful of cranberries to the mix and they end up like these sweet little gems in the mix.
Just because this is the season of indulgence, doesn’t mean you can’t have those rich flavors – I like using holidays like this as a chance to play around with these classic flavors and use them in ways that are a little better so that when it does come time to indulge, you can! Give these potatoes a shot and let me know what stuffing combos you love!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lentil and Quinoa Stuffing
3 Sweet Potatoes
1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp red chili powder (optional)
1/2 tsp pepper
salt to taste
3/4 cup cooked lentils
2/3 cup cooked quinoa
handful of greens of your choice
3 tbsp of dried cranberries
for topping – lemon juice, dressing of your choice
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Rinse the sweet potatoes and place directly onto oven rack. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes until the potatoes are soft and cooked through. Set aside.
3. In a stove top pan, add the ghee and bring up to a medium heat. Add the spices to the ghee and heat for about a minute.
4. Add the lentils and quinoa and toast for about 5 minutes until warmed through. Add the greens and toss with the quinoa and lentils until they are slightly wilted.
5. Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the cranberries.
6. Cut the sweet potatoes down the middle and add the lentil stuffing into the potato.
7. Drizzle with lemon juice and top with your favorite dressing (I like an herby tahini sauce on mine.)