Page 38 - The Hunt Magazine - Winter 2019
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                                                                                At Chadds Peak Farm, the epicenter and rustic, replete with wide-planked
of a holiday celebration is the
table, the place where family and friends gather to share meals, memories and gratitude.
Entertaining is a passion for homeowners Vincent and Elizabeth Moro, who are in the process of restoring a farmhouse that dates to the mid-1830s. While the house is being renovated, they need a space for entertaining—and their barn is the perfect spot.
“For us, the biggest thing is bringing people to our table,” says Elizabeth. “We’ve learned that you can put tables
in many different places, and the result is magical.”
Located in Chadds Ford, Pa., on land that was once a ski area in the 1970s and ’80s, the barn at Chadds Peak is large
  floors that show the character of passing centuries. The high-pitched ceiling is the ideal place to hang a chandelier crafted from antlers. The visual centerpiece is a harvest table nearly 11 feet long, made from oak salvaged from a barn in Chester County. It was commissioned from Annie Joyce at Springhouse Furnishings in Chadds Ford “I wanted it to be 11 feet long because I'm the 11th of 12 children,” says Elizabeth. “I was on my own and hoping that some day I would have someone to share it with.”
Today, she has someone to share that table with it, and its settings reflect that. Hand-painted English Staffordshire plates, used at their wedding in 2017, line the table, a reminder of their past and shared love of antiquing.
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1. Begin with bubbles.
At Chadds Peak Farm, that means champagne, plus an effervescent attitude. “Start with
joy in your heart,”
says Elizabeth. “You’re coming together to have fun.”
2. Get creative with your seating. Instead of individual chairs, pull up a bench to one side of the table. Try settees at the head or the foot of the table.
3. Have authentic table settings. Bring out linen napkins, silver flatware, china and crystal.
Avoid paper or plastic. “It’s not good for the environment, and it’s not good for the mood you want to establish for your guests,” Elizabeth says.
4. Mix and match. Flatware doesn’t
have to match; blend various patterns. Set out serving pieces in china, cut glass and silver. Add unexpected touches—like a flower arrangement in an antique garden urn.
5. Be spontaneous with your menu. Use local, seasonal ingredients
as a springboard for your dishes.
6. Incorporate vintage pieces. Use a cocktail shaker passed down from a favorite uncle, wine goblets from a resale shop, the platter you discovered at a
flea market. “They were cherished and loved
by someone, and now they’re in your house,” says Vincent.
7. Ban phones at the table. Gather mobile devices in a basket
as guests enter and distribute them on the way out. “Nothing is as important as spending time with each other,” Vincent says.

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