Friendsgiving Tablescaping Styled by Julia Amory

Owner of her namesake lifestyle and home goods company, Julia Amory incorporates block printing techniques from India in the textiles she creates, resulting in bold and colorful designs. We partnered with her to curate a one-of-a-kind Friendsgiving tablescape that will have you basking in the unconventional as you savor the time spent with those who matter most.

FG: What inspired this tablescape?

JA: When summer transitions to fall, I love to incorporate deeper, richer colors. Our Rouge Chintz tablecloth evokes warmth and an impending season of cozy indoor meals. The palette is inspired by worn Turkish carpets, old books, pipe tobacco and cozy fall evenings.

FG: How would you differentiate styling a table for Thanksgiving versus Friendsgiving?

JA: I view a Thanksgiving table with a more traditionalist mindset; a Friendsgiving table on the other hand allows for more creative liberty to do something fun and festive. There should be more color and excitement on a Friendsgiving table, while silver and heirloom pieces have a place at Thanksgiving. But honestly, I almost always approach tables the same way and that’s simply to set something that pleases the eye and makes me happy. There are no rules.

FG: Do you have tips on successfully sticking to a pattern?

JA: If pattern intimidates you, there is nothing easier than choosing one and using it as the foundation for the whole table. Layer the same print in placemats and napkins over the tablecloth, and consider it the little black dress of tablesetting. It makes adding visual variety with plates, flowers and accessories effortless.

FG: An unexpected move here was choosing plates with varying patterns. Any tips on doing this in a cohesive way?

JA: I always think you can either mix patterns or mix colors, but I generally stick to one. Mixing patterns within one color family is a great way to add layers to your table without it becoming overwhelming or too disjointed.

FG: Do you have a favorite go-to centerpiece?

JA: For a rectangular table, I like several low arrangements, whereas for round tables I prefer one central centerpiece surrounded by small bud vases. The goal when selecting a centerpiece is to encourage conversation across the table and to not block your guests’ ability to chit-chat! Something unexpected such as low potted flowers or ferns can be lovely as well.

FG: Any unconventional materials you like to incorporate in your tablescapes?

JA: Heirloom silver, art you adore, porcelain vegetables, in-season vegetables (or sometimes fruits) can all be a wonderful way to add texture to your tablescape. If you love it, use it!

FG: How did your backdrop influence your theme?

JA: I wanted to create contrast and to balance out our lush and calming hydrangea garden, and the bold and dramatic red table did just that.

FG: Is there anything you do or set up differently if hosting outside?

JA: I love bringing an elegant table outdoors. It has a way of elevating the occasion and feels festive, sumptuous and magical. Equally impactful is bringing the unexpected element of silver and china – the good stuff – to your outdoor dining experience.

Follow Julia on Instagram at @juliaamory for unique products and inspiring patterns. And if her outdoor Friendsgiving tablescape has you eager to create your own, check out our Alfresco Friendsgiving blog for everything else you’ll need to take the festivities outside.

Photo credit: Liv Tiernan. Follow her on Instagram at @livtiernanphotography.