We recently spent the afternoon with Rue Magazine‘s co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Crystal Gentilello in her charming San Francisco home. The newly engaged design guru graciously shared some of her entertaining expertise, providing practical advice for creating an easy yet elegant tablescape at home. Whether you want to celebrate a special occasion—or desire an excuse to host a lively gathering just because—these helpful hints will ensure a tablescape that exudes sophistication and elegance. Most importantly, they’ll allow for what Crystal (and the Glitter Guide team!) believes to be at the very heart of entertaining: the making of precious memories with people you cherish the most.
Photography & Videography: Michelle Drewes
Makeup & Hair: Makeup Dolls
Tell us about the tablescape you created.
I believe that entertaining should be personal—and having just gotten engaged, I wanted to create a romantic dinner for two with my new fiancé. This was my way of thanking him for the very special proposal he planned for me and celebrating this exciting time for both of us. I contacted my entertaining guru and Rue lifestyle columnist, Kelley Moore of Joyous. Together we came up with a tablescape that worked well with my dining room color palette and reflected my personal aesthetic: understated elegance.