1. HAUTE TABLE
SETTING THE TABLE AND THE TONE
One of the things I enjoy most about entertaining and cooking for my family is the joy I get from the table setting. You’d be surprised how very little effort can make a big difference in creating an amazing dining experience. Cooking for someone is such an expression of love, and so is the presentation. I know my family gets extremely excited when we celebrate a huge occasion or just get together for our Sunday dinners because they know how much love and energy I put into making it beautiful for them. I also love going to other people’s homes for dinner because I always get entertaining inspiration and creative ideas from my friends.
Almost as important as the food is the table setting. I believe that cooking for someone is one of the best things you can do. It’s a way of expressing how much you care about the people you love. I also believe that the table setting is an extension of that love. The amount of time you put into making sure things are beautiful, that your table makes a statement, or creates a mood, also says, “I love you!”
I am notorious for my table settings and my dishes. If I’m cooking an Italian meal, I will grab my red Hermès china to go with the red sauce (Fusilli with Tomato Basil Sauce).
I have five different kinds of Christmas dishes. I have nutcrackers, Santas, reindeer, and snowmen. If you can think of anything Christmas-y that can go on a table, I have it and have used it over the years.
I collect china and dishes. My children all know how obsessed I am with table settings and I’ve received several sets of Hermès dishes from my daughters. Table settings. Napkins and napkin rings. Baccarat crystal glasses and vases. Candles and candle holders. I’m obsessed with it all.
When I got married, nesting and creating this visual ambiance was so important to me. I somehow understood that it would be important to tying my family all together. And over the years, it has. My children—and our family and extended family and friends—have come to expect a certain look and feel when they come over to share a meal. It’s never “simple” or “normal.”
For Rob’s most recent birthday, I had a St. Patrick’s Day theme because it fell on St. Paddy’s Day. I had the table decorated with shamrocks and gold coins and green beads. It was over-the-top and tasteful at the same time. And he absolutely enjoyed it. Kim’s birthday always falls around Halloween. When she was little, I would have a Halloween theme with pumpkin baskets, candy, and a pumpkin-themed cake. I would go the whole nine yards. (Some of my favorite pumpkin recipes in this book are inspired by Kim and her birthday.)
For holidays I go all out. I will set the table for Thanksgiving four days in advance. It takes me that long to get it just right, layering the different decorations, adding and taking things away until I can stand back and say, “Yes, that’s it.”
Some people paint, others make music and dance, I make table settings. That’s my way of expressing my artistic and creative side.
And I love to see the smiles on the faces of my children and guests when they see what I’ve done. The key is to have fun with it. As long as it’s done in the spirit of love, you are sure to make it beautiful.
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Last night an ultra chic soirée was held in a penthouse suite at The Peninsula Hotel in Paris for Natalia Alaverdian‘s label A.W.A.K.E co-hosted by Miroslava Duma, Caroline de Maigret, Melvin Chua, and Kim Kardashian. The latter was a late arrival avec Kanye in tow, but momager Kris Jenner showed up before her daughter so we caught a moment with her to ask her how she’s feeling about Kendall Jenner, who’s been in Paris and Milan for the shows, and her booming modeling career. Plus, she sets the record straight about those rumors that Kendall was being bullied by fellow models backstage.
Who are you wearing?
I’m wearing a Saint Laurent dress and shoes and a Bottega Veneta bag.
What fashion item are you lusting after right now?
There’s a Dolce & Gabbana basket tote that they did about a decade ago and every time I’m on vacation or in Europe there isn’t a time that goes by that I don’t run into the store and ask them if they have that basket. This year on the runway at the fashion show that Kendall walked in one of the models was carrying one of those baskets and I was texting like crazy asking, “Who has that basket?!” So maybe they’ll bring it back.
When did you get to Paris?
We just got here yesterday so I’m trying to catch up with my jet lag. We went with Kendall to a fitting today with Olivier Rousteing of Balmain. She’ll be walking in the show. Then we just did a little shopping…at Balmain, actually.
How do you feel about Kendall’s modeling career taking off?
I’m just really proud of Kendall, because she’s worked really hard to try to get her sea legs and figure what this business is all about. I think she learned a couple of years ago how much work it is. She definitely has that work ethic gene and she’s not afraid to dig in and work hard. You know it’s not easy for these girls. That’s one thing I learned really fast when she got into this business. It’s a ton of work and you really have to be strong and committed and know what you’re doing. But Kendall’s with Society Agency in New York and we just let Chris Gay and his team totally take over and lead her career. You know this is not my wheel house, so I’ve really gotten quite an education and I have a new appreciation for this business, because these girls are troopers.
Even though your girls are on TV, was it hard to see your baby get into the modeling world?
The hardest thing for me was letting somebody else take the reins. But Chris really made a point of making me feel comfortable and he’s done a great job so I just let him do his thing. Kendall has wanted to do this her entire life. I’m glad she’s found something that she’s passionate about and she’s so happy and grateful to be here.
Is it true the other models have been mean to Kendall?
I would like to set the record straight and say it’s 150 percent not true. They have been so welcoming, especially at the Tommy Hilfiger show. At all of the shows, all of the girls have been so darling. It’s like a sorority. It’s really amazing and heartwarming the way they’ve welcomed her into their world and treated her like a sister. I was with a lot of the girls out in New York one night, because Donna Karan had a dinner and the girls were so amazing to her. I remember walking away from the dinner and I thought, “That’s remarkable.” Tommy Hilfiger and I were having a laugh, because we were talking about press and how ugly rumors get started and how they are complete lies and fabrications and that is one of them. His whole team really treated her like gold.
Producer/author/manager Kris Jenner invites Giuliana Rancic into her home for an open and honest discussion about her life, including what it’s like to be the matriarch of one of Hollywood’s most famous families in “Beyond Candid with Giuliana: Kris Jenner.”
In the all-new, one-hour special, Kris speaks about the ups and downs of her first marriage, her greatest joys and one particular regret involving the killing of her best friend. Kris, who recently filed for divorce from husband Bruce Jenner, also sets the record straight on tabloid rumors during a little game of “Gospel or Gossip” with Giuliana. Plus, Giuliana gets a taste of a signature dish Kris’ family craves, which is featured in her new cookbook “In the Kitchen with Kris.”
The all-new “Beyond Candid with Giuliana: Kris Jenner” premieres Sunday, October 5th at 10pm ET/PT only on E!
“I love so hard. Like if I fall in love with you, whether it’s my girlfriends or my kids. The people in my life, I just love really hard.” – Kris Jenner
Kris on her only son, Robert: “It’s a delicious feeling, but I often get tortured by Kourtney, Kimberly and Khloé and Kendall and Kylie about it because they think I baby him. I treat him probably like he’s a lot younger than he is, and I worry about all sorts of decisions he needs to make for the day. It’s like ‘what do you need? Are you OK?’ I’m always worried about him.”
Kris on OJ Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson: “They had gotten through so much together, but it was like, they couldn’t live with each other and they couldn’t live without each other, so it was that very volatile relationship at times.”
Kris getting emotional while talking about learning her first husband, Robert Kardashian, was dying of cancer: “Probably the worst thing I’ve ever been through, and to watch my kids have to suffer through. It was a horrible, horrible experience. And I think that we all, you know, I’m sorry. It still stings so bad, like it’s so fresh.”
Kris on criticism she’s not a good mother: “It’s so funny. It’s like give people a computer keyboard and they can say anything they want. And as hurtful as it might be, nobody knows what’s going on.”
Kris on false stories about her family: “I’ve realized at some point you can’t control what ignorant, nasty people are going to say about a family really they know nothing about personally. And 99.9% of the stuff that’s printed is absolute lies.”
1 000+ photos of Kim Kardashian West at Paris Fashion Week, joined by Kanye, North, Kris and Kendall, have been uploaded to the gallery. Check them out by clicking on the thumbnails below, and remember to follow us at @Kardashianpedia for all the latest as-it-happens updates of the family at Paris Fashion Week throughout the week.
Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner are moving on to the next chapter in their relationship.
Kris has filed for divorce, 11 months after the Keeping Up WIth the Kardashians stars revealed that they had separated. On Tuesday, Bruce Jenner responded with his own, nearly identical filing.
According to court documents filed Sept. 22 in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by E! News, Kris cited the ever-standard irreconcilable differences as the reason for the breakup. She requested joint custody of 17-year-old daughter Kylie Jenner, the only minor left in the Kardashian-Jenner brood. She listed their date of separation as June 1, 2013.
This comes 11 months after Kris, 58, and Bruce, 64, announced they had separated and were “much happier” living apart, telling E! News, “We will always have much love and respect for each other. Even though we are separated, we will always remain best friends and, as always, our family will remain our number one priority.”
The still-friendly duo marked their 23rd wedding anniversary on April 21 and continued to spend a lot of time together post-split, with Bruce being based in Malibu instead of at the Jenner family homestead in Calabasas, Calif. “Happy Anniversary to one of the most amazing men I know!!!!” Kris wrote to Bruce at the time.
Source: E! News