Video: Entertaining Tips with Bunny Williams

Entertaining with Bunny Williams

Celebrated entertainer (and interior designer extraordinaire) Bunny Williams talked to us about where her passion for entertaining came from and what are her tried and true tips for hosting friends and family in her home.

In this video, Bunny talks about how to make guests feel relaxed, how long to wait before serving food at the party and why she always uses place cards.

The Beginning

For Bunny, the entertaining bug caught her when she was a little girl! Her family used to gather each Sunday for a big lunch at her Aunt’s house. This family tradition taught Bunny early¬†on the value of getting together with friends and family and welcoming others into your home.

Entertaining Musts

Bunny likes to entertain in a casual manner — a relaxed hostess makes for relaxed guests. By being prepared ahead of time, you can enjoy the evening with your guests

Some of Bunny’s favorite tips for being the relaxed hostess:

  • Use place cards so no one has to worry about where their sitting.
  • Serve dinner within 45 minutes of guests arriving.
  • If you’re inviting a couple, separate them so people can make new friends!

Bunny embraces the idea of perfect imperfection, as she we all!

To see Bunny’s full collection for Ballard Designs, visit, or find more tips and ideas from Bunny Williams on

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    Claire Johnston

    December 27, 2014

    I have followed Buuny for years now but only with her books and articles etc. how fabulous we now have the videos and that I can see inside here wonderful home. I have given “An affair with a house ” to so many friends. Thank you for your advice, your enthusiasm and your love of things so practical and beautiful.

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    Marie Coyne

    November 4, 2014

    Please unsubscribe on the computer.

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    November 4, 2014

    You have great stuff and alot of your designis are great but you need larger rugs, in the natural rug category. I need a 10 or 11 x 14 but the rugs are not large enough. Also would love help with my Living Room and Library. I like doing things on my own though I do use a decorator off and on. Can I send pictures of the LR and you give suggestions?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2014

      Hi Lorene,
      Thank you so much for your comment. We do have one natural fiber rug that comes in 10×14, our Seagrass Rug. I will take your feedback though to our team! It’s great to hear that you love our designs!

      We do actually have a design team that can help you with your space. It’s a free service that we offer to all of our customers. Use this form to submit your photos, and our design team will create a plan for your living room. We look forward to helping you with your space.
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team