One of the easiest ways to celebrate a season is to head outside. What does it smell like? Feel like? Look like? What's on the ground? What color are the clouds? Next time you're out, gather a few things that can point to the season. Better yet, invite your niece/nephew/child/neighbor/kiddos you nanny for into this task of creating a space for hospitality. We instinctively do this in the summer when we cut bunches of flowers or pick tomatoes for a friend.
Rather than the lovely, but expensive, spreads like those we might see in magazines or on Pinterest, what about your own, locally-inspired, kid-friendly and festive place to welcome guests? This whole challenge has been an effort to find ways to honor those with whom our lives intersect. Our own family and friends are no exception. Celebrating at meals is a perfect opportunity for this.