Attention, entertainers: the holidays are coming, and they’re coming quickly. To help you prepare for the festivities with efficiency and affordability in mind, we rounded up some tips and advice from interior designers Miles Redd, Timothy Corrigan, Jen Going, Stephen Czeck and Glenn Gissler. Take them to heart, and when Thanksgiving arrives in just a few short weeks, you’ll be ready.
We recently interviewed design superstar Miles Redd, and we couldn’t resist picking his brain on the art of entertaining. He’s known for his elegant soirees, so we got his advice on throwing fabulous events and being able to enjoy them.
When weather interrupted a garden party Miles planned to throw with fellow entertaining expert Danielle Rollins, the pair employed the biggest room in Miles’ apartment: his glamorous, mirror-covered bathroom. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” Miles told us. “And candlelight in an all-mirrored room does make for an extra-inviting place.”
“Really great entertainers are like great generals. Calamities reveal their strengths.”
“Really great entertainers are like great generals,” Miles said. “Calamities reveal their strengths.” The lesson here? Any disaster – even a rainstorm during a garden party – can be salvaged with a bit of pre-planning.
“My advice for entertaining is: be very thoughtful. Be very planned. Be very organized. And then, if you’ve done all that, you can relax and have a good time.”
And if you must host your meal in a “curious space,” as Miles put it: “Comfort and lighting are key.”
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