How to Style a Table Like Athena Calderone
Between her homes in New York City and Amagansett, interior designer Athena Calderone has hosted a slew of heavenly dinner parties for her fabulous friends: Man Repeller Leandra Medine, interior designer Nate Berkus, DJ/Entrepreneur Hannah Bronfman and fiancé Brendan Fallis, hotelier Sean MacPherson and wife Rachelle Hruska, to name just a few. Since we haven’t secured a coveted spot at one of her infamous dinner parties (yet), we’re living vicariously through her blog Eye-Swoon to get seriously inspired for our own holiday parties. Keep scrolling for our round-up of Athena’s most memorable tablescapes and her best entertaining tips.
“I asked each family member to email me a quote about what they are most grateful—and printed the square quotes on matte paper with a white border.”
“Like an artful tablescape, a good meal really is all about the balance and composition. Crunchy, textural, creamy, vibrant, indulgent—a mix of easy, yet unexpected flavors…”
“I turned to Etsy to scope out some linen and discovered a homespun linen brand, Not Perfect Linen—the name alone is genius!”
“Be sure to play with a variety of heights for creating a multi-level composition; build up your platters, place things on pedestals—because a flat table is, well, uninspiring!”
“A kitchen basic, the wooden spoon, was elevated to a customizable place setting with the addition of chalkboard paint. Simply apply a sharp line of painter’s tape around the spoon, coat with chalkboard paint, and write your guest’s name in chalk.”
“The bounty of tabletop deliciousness you choose to house your food in is equally important to the actual food!”
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