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Cristina Soriano

I recently hosted an intimate friendsgiving dinner for six of Ascanio and my close friends. What made the evening special were not the food and the setting, but the company – old friends, lots of stories, tummy-hurting laughter and lots of bourbon and wine.   


I found this vibrant piece of fabric at the garment district and immediately fell in love with it. I loved the colors and the pattern and thought it would work perfectly for an evening celebrating the fall season and lifelong friends.

Since the fabric is quite bucolic, I wanted to maintain that same rustic feel by using mason jars as vases, garnishing the glass with pieces of twine.

The pale green on the fabric really inspired me, so when I saw these abundant eucalyptus plants at a market in the West Village, I couldn’t resist.

 I put tea lights in two woven rattan hurricanes and put them between each mason jar.

My mother gave me this beautiful set of napkin rings from Thailand and I thought that the octopus sculptures and shagreen textures would complement the tablecloth colors and would also add another dimension to the tablescape.

It is my somewhat bohemian style that appreciates patterns and layers, so I wanted to add another dimension to the table with the addition of dark brown seagrass plate chargers.


I did not grow up celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday (but love any excuse to surround myself with heavenly food and exquisite friends) so I wanted to vary the menu slightly – after all, in a few days everyone will be getting their customary family Thanksgiving feast.

I made stuffed Cornish hens, a mixed mushroom and kale stuffing and a Brussels sprout and apple salad. For desert I made a peacan apple crumble from left over apples I picked from the orchard a few weekends ago. I have to say, everything was divine!

Make sure to check out some the recipes – I’ll be posting them soon!

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