In this series, we site down with our favorite hosts to hear their thoughts on entertaining. This week, Oakland woodworker and artist @aleksandrazee hosts an end-of-summer dinner party for her friends, and shares her tips on outdoor entertaining, how to create a neutral tablescape, and more.
Why do you love hosting?
I love sharing a meal with my friends and having them over for long chats, laughs and quality time. Life gets so busy, so setting aside time to nurture your relationships is something I love doing.
What are your top three hostessing tips?
Set your table long beforehand, don't make everything from scratch, pick easy-to-make and pretty to look at snacks (cheese plate, easy salad).
What are three words that describe your hosting style?
Wabi-Sabi, no fuss, family-style, inviting.
How did you decide what to incorporate into your tablescape?
I love neutrals, so adding a fabric runner is always a must. On top of neutral florals in vases, I love adding a little something to the plate or napkin for a small moment that really brings the whole feeling together. I use monochromatic schemes and let the fun be on the cheese board.
Tell us about your favorite Year & Day products.
My favorites are the low serving bowls. They are stunning and present the food so elegantly and can hold so much! Another fave is the bud vases. I use them for all kinds of things. From gifts, to putting fresh cuts in, to using them as water cups! They are so versatile and look so beautiful.
What is your favorite thing to serve?
An heirloom tomato salad. When they are in season they add the most beautiful pop of color to the table! I also love me a piled high charcuterie board!
How do you make your table feel special to your guests?
What is most important to me is that it reflects my personal style. My shades of beige and white feel minimal but intentional. I really feel like you know when I have done a tablescape :)
Set The Table with Aleksandra