Mary Giuliani is a caterer with clout: her clients include J. Crew, The Rolling Stones, Bradley Cooper, Christie's, and many, many more. When she's not whipping up delicious meals for the jet set, she's brainstorming ways to present her creations in the most beautiful and guest-friendly ways possible. Let's check out her top five tips for setting the Thanksgiving table.
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- Mix and Match. "Keep your table interesting by using different plates, glassware, napkins, and napkin rings. As long as you stick to one color scheme your table will look elegant and chic. Choose subtle touches that will add warmth and character, such as mirrored glass votives or small bud vases."
- Think Outside the Tray. "The holidays are my favorite time of year to break the rules. I love to use unexpected items as serving dishes or when I'm setting the table. This year I'm using my vintage record collection instead of a charger plate or fancy placemat. Raid your game closet for the unused checkerboard or Monopoly and use it as a platter to serve your hors d'oeuvers."
- Have Fun. "The holidays can be a stressful time. I like to lighten the mood and keep a sense of humor by framing funny photos of my guests and setting them out instead of place cards. It gets the storytelling started early in the night and sets the mood for an unforgettable evening."