Drew McCann, a charter school teacher and graduate student, grew up watching her mother, jewelry designer Kara Ross, create wonderful table settings. She hosted exquisite parties at home and orchestrated stunning events which showcased her eponymous label. After years of seeing her mom whip up a fabulous party mise-en-scène (most of which included Kim Seybert collections) it is no wonder that when the time came for Drew to start throwing her own gatherings, she was well informed about the nuances of hosting and table decorations.
She is hosting the first meeting of her newly-formed book club at her mom’s Manhattan apartment. Together with a group of her friends, they are discussing the best-selling book Educated by Tara Westover over lunch“The purpose is to get an interesting group of young women together, create new friendships, while simultaneously encouraging myself and others to read more often. It is an inclusive group, in which friends of friends are welcome to join,” explains Drew while she checks on the table setting that seems to be a clarion call to the not so distant arrival of spring what with all the turquoise colors and bird motifs.
“Winter is my least favorite season, and I love the colors and vibe of spring. I thought using some of Kim’s whimsical and bright pieces would be a good opportunity to infuse some vibrant colors and joy into a cold, dull winter day. The spring/summer inspiration came from the Fiesta Placemat, which is an amazing color, easy to clean, and reversible,” says Drew. As a touch of whimsy, she’s added the Herringbone Napkin In White, Seafoam & Gold and the Humm Napkin Ring with its blue and green feathers picking up the many petite floral bouquets dotting the table.
With the arrival of the members of her book club, they begin to discuss what they glean from Educated as well as topics that don’t relate to the book, like their personal and social lives and their jobs. They’ve also decided on the book for their next meeting — Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming.
Will the next book club meeting feature yet another beautiful table setting? “The meetings are definitely always with food, but not with table settings, as people my age are not always fortunate enough to have such amazing tabletop pieces.
My mom was generous and shared her apartment, as well as many of Kim’s pieces (although I do have some of my own now!). Perhaps I can share some of my Kim Seybert collection with the next host of the book club,” concludes Drew.