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July 14th, 2020

Table Talk with Sherrell Neal

Be yourself and relax, but most importantly enjoy your guests. Invest in them with your attention and conversation. They’ll want to come back!
-Sherrell Neal
Your go-to hostess gift?
 
A home can never have too many pretty coasters, and champagne buckets always make useful gifts especially when used as a centerpiece for fresh flowers.
 
 
What is the most inspiring event you ever attended and why?
 
Any time with our family. It’s a tradition in my family to do seafood boils during the summer, which is always a fun time outside. My husband and I love to cook, and anytime our entire family can come together we look forward to planning and preparing a full spread. My husband is an amazing baker, especially gluten free, vegan, and even tree nut free. I’m always so inspired by his ability to be flexible, it’s made our get togethers so much more memorable.
 
 
If you could invite six insta-friends to your next party, who would they be?
 
This one is difficult to choose since many of my friends don’t have insta, but I know these ladies would all have an amazing time if I got them together in one room! Channon “Candy Lady” Powell @chayjs, my longtime high school friend Susie Almaguer @heavenly_htx, my talented cousin and pastry chef Shalita Sewire @tuffaz_shellz, and my new gal pals Jennifer Barron @jenzbarron, Mallory Fernandez @malferny, and Laura Linardi @lblinardi.

Small Talk

Patterns: patterns or solids?

Patterns!

Spot at the Table: Head of the table or in the middle?

Middle

Ideal dinner location: around the kitchen, outdoors, or a formal dining room

Around the kitchen - stories compliment cooking in our family!

Wine Glasses: Stemmed or stemless?

Stemless

Serving style: Buffet, family-style, or served

Family Style

Lighting: Candlesticks, candelabra, or votives?

Candlesticks

Seating arrangement: place cards or rules be dammed?  

Remove the pressure, no rules!

Atmosphere: Fancy without Fuss or Thoughtful but Casual?

Thoughtful, for sure!

Music: classical, moody, upbeat, or fun mix

upbeat!

Beverage of Choice: wine or cocktail?

We aren't drinkers but we love introducing new mocktails to our friends and family!