Holiday Tablescaping with Julia ShermanNovember 24, 2017
OK, maybe not so fast.
Although Turkey Day is the year’s most high-profile dinner party, hosting season is just getting started. There’s another month of gatherings ahead, and at the center of them all? The dining room table.
Julia Sherman approaches her table with an artist’s eye and a foodie’s appetite. The author of the quirky cookbook “Salad For President,” she has food-centric installations at NYC’s MoMA and LA’s Getty Museum. “I tend to get a little carried away when hosting,” admits Julia, 34. “I have a lot of friends I don’t get to see that much throughout the year, so I like to make the evening feel special.”
With the holiday season in full swing, she invited us to her Brooklyn apartment and shared her top tablescaping tips. Be sure to check out @saladforpresident to whet your appetite for food inspiration.
Layer On The Linens
The easiest way to add dimension to your table? Linens—and lots of them. “Mixing textiles in different materials, prints, and textures works well for a casual evening,” says Julia. Here, we love the way she positioned her napkins and placemats at unexpected angles.
Get the look: Soften up your table with the Luxe Wool Table Runner. It’s a plush, dramatic counterpoint to the spread’s structured pieces.
Whether it’s your silverware, serveware, or seating, try more mixing and less matching. One thing you won’t find on Julia’s table? A proper set of wine glasses. “I like to serve wine using all different cups,” she says. “It’s great because then there’s a story behind each piece.”
Pass the Plates
The holiday season is hectic by nature, so keep things simple wherever you can. When it comes to planning a menu, Julia almost always opts for family-style dishes. “It doesn’t have to get too fancy,” she says. “And it makes the food look so much better.”
When your tableware comes out of the cupboard for the evening, you’ll want it to accent your room’s evergreen pieces, like wall art or dining chairs. Choose plates, napkins, silverware, etc. with a palette or motif similar to that of your dining room. “Figure out the general mood and style of your home,” says Julia. “You want to complement your year-round style, not just the evening’s table.”
Your turn to set the table? Shop dining essentials here.
Putting salad on the menu? Get the Salad for President cookbook here.