I absolutely love dinner parties. Stories and laughter over wine. Bellies full of homemade meals and hearty company. And yet, hosting seems to scare people. The two concerns I hear most often? “I don’t have enough space,” and “I don’t have nice things.” While there’s only so much you can do with the space that you have, you can easily host a dinner party on a budget by stocking your kitchen with the essentials.
The one thing I enjoy more than spending sunny mornings on beaches is spending hot afternoons on porches alongside breezy bays—peeling shrimp, dipping fish in tartar, and sipping the same, cool beer used to batter the hushpuppies and bake the bread. It was during one of these very moments alongside a bay in Alabama that