Friendsgiving—a joyous event that brings all your nearest and dearest together for one memorable evening. It sounds delightful—until you are knee deep in preparations stressing out about what signature cocktail to serve or what your playlist should be. That is unless you are host par excellence Athena Calderone. The interior designer, home chef, and author of Cook Beautiful has a knack for making elaborate dinner parties seem effortless. Always graceful, she sways through the crowd of her A-list guests cracking jokes, ensuring that everyone has a drink in hand and is having a great time. You'd never guess all the preparations that went into making her flawless tablescapes by looking at how at ease she is once the evening kicks off.
How does she do it? During a recent dinner party she threw with Chairish at Irene Neuwirth's boutique in Los Angeles for the launch of her new cookbook, we chatted with Calderone about her top tips on throwing a memorable Friendsgiving. As it turns out, we aren't the only ones in awe of her effortless yet elevated entertaining style. "I'm gaga for Athena's style," Anna Brockway, co-founder of Chairish, told us. "So it seemed fitting that Chairish collaborate with Athena to celebrate Cook Beautiful. It was a great excuse to bring great friends together around a table to celebrate nourishing food, inspiring design, and rollicking company. It was the perfect kick-off to the holiday season." Need a few tips to host your own Friendsgiving this year? Take notes from Calderone, and instantly elevate your dinner party.