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    The Penelope Post

    As we head into cooler weather and are looking for safe ways to entertain ourselves and our families, our families seem to be spending even more time around the fire pit. There’s just something about gathering around an open fire that seems to bring everyone together in a cozy way—and without any screens. So in honor of the start of holiday season, and with portable fire pits so widely available now (I’ve seen them at Home Depot and local hardware stores), we thought we’d round up our favorite family activities for fire pit fun. Hint: s’mores are recommended.
    This Thanksgiving might be one of new traditions and with fewer people traveling, you could even find yourself hosting your own festive feast. All to say—you’ve got enough to think about, so let us make sure your table feels welcoming and festive. While we’re always appreciative of pulling out your grandmother’s linens and the wedding china, we figure this is the year to play around with some more modern pieces—and mix and match patterns and colors while we’re at it. Read on for some of our favorite combinations.
    Our latest print features potted pear trees, which got us thinking about the beauty of preserved fruit—particularly at this time of year, when horns of plenty, wreaths and centerpieces are top of mind. The best preserved fruit maintains a vibrant color, dries stiff, and lasts for more than one season. Best of all—making them is a fun craft project! Read on for some favorites—both available to buy and DIY… and shop the Partridge Pear Tree collection.
    Blue and white china is a classic for a reason. It works year round, they make for a beautiful table even when you add little else, and their vintage quality adds an antique feel to the set-up. There are as many types as there are shades of indigo, and their histories are as cool as you’d expect. Here’s what to know about some of our favorites.
    Our new Spice Route Garnet, inspired by travels around the world, has us dreaming of the day when we can travel—even plan our travels—again. But just because we’re not yet globetrotting doesn’t mean we can’t read and watch travel-related books, movies and shows. (In fact what else is there to do with all this time??) So we pulled together lists of our favorites and plan on spending the next weeks or months reading and rereading, watching and rewatching, and continuing to enjoy our cozy time at home.
    Our mascot, Penelope the Pomegranate pug, is so excited about the launch of our latest print, Melograno Vine Fern & Poppy, she’s decided to throw a tea party to show it off! Follow the steps below to (virtually) join her and have your own tea party. (PS: melograno is Italian for pomegranate!)