Cover Olga Iserlis, founder of Adagio Events

Olga Iserlis lets us in on the art of hosting intimate gatherings while she dresses her tables with Christofle tableware

“When it comes to entertaining at home, I always like to have a soft, unpretentious ambience that immediately makes my guests feel at ease. The whole idea of home entertaining is to have your guests ‘feel at home’, and to be welcomed as part of the family,” says Olga Iserlis, founder of Adagio Events.

A seasoned hostess who has thrown countless of gatherings and parties in her own home, the illustrious Russian-born events planner is also behind some of the most unforgettable experiences that are often the talk of the town. With her keen eye for design and her charismatic personality, Iserlis is a maestro when it comes to organising parties, whether it’s high-profile fundraising galas or smaller, intimate soirées. 

To host a stylish get-together, a beautiful tablescape featuring chic tableware, creative centrepieces, and thoughtfully curated details will help to elevate the atmosphere; these include the exquisite selection of tableware from Christofle, which will certainly add a luxurious sparkle to your intimate gatherings at home. Iserlis too, is a fan of the made-in-France maison. “I love Christofle! Personally, I have been a fan of the brand for a long time,” she enthuses. “I love how elegant their collections are, and the quality of the silver and finishings is of the highest standard that lasts from one generation to another.”

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The tasteful tableware from Christofle is expertly designed by master craftsmen and marked with a flair of extravagance. The collection from the French brand is quite literally, fit for royalty—in 1844, the brand supplied Louis-Philippe, the penultimate French monarch, with his dinnerware settings. And in the 1850s, Christofle also served as a go-to tableware brand for Emperor Napoleon III.

A testament to the elegance of French refinement, the Marly and Malmaison collections celebrate the brand’s royal history with traditional codes of luxury. The Marly collection is an ode to nature and demonstrates the exuberant Louis XV style with distinctive acanthus leaves and asymmetrical conch shell patterns lining the silverware. The Malmaison collection references the 19th century Empire style, featuring symmetrical motifs in the form of palmette designs and elegant outlines of water leaves.

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The whole idea of home entertaining is to have your guests ‘feel at home’, and to be welcomed as part of the family.
Olga Iserlis

With the festive season fast approaching, Iserlis reveals some rules of engagement for hosting seasonal gatherings. “During the fall season, I love to have a touch of festive colour, and play with it. The vibrancy of autumn hues and the anticipation of the magical festive season puts my guests into a celebratory mood that they will enjoy and remember,” she says. “For the upcoming festive season, layering a lot of candles to the table will give the setting an elegant and cosy feel. I like to use clusters of candles to amplify the festive mood, and Christofle has so many beautiful candle holders that go well with the rest of the table setting.”

Her golden rule for creating a meaningful entertaining experience? It’s all about embracing emotions and feelings​​. “I am very real and true to oneself, and I approach everything—especially entertaining at home—with authenticity,” shares the talented hostess. “When creating the mood of the room, I really focus on how I want to make my guests feel when they step into the space. There is no right or wrong; go with your feeling and see what gravitates to you. It should really reflect your personality.”

To capture the hearts of your guests, the veteran events organiser highlights the power of personalisation. “Small but meaningful touches are always treasured by guests. You can use little personal place cards that could also turn into gifts for each guest, individual floral touches behind the plates of each guest, or handwritten notes.”

The choice of tableware is another important component when it comes to the flow of conversation around the table. “I like to create little stories on the table that might become conversations points,” says the graceful host. “The table setting enhances the conversation—for example, when a guest asks about the silverware, or the use of certain scented candles. Sharing warms people's hearts, especially during the festive season. I think that happy conversations are always the way to go.” 

I like to create little stories on the table that might become conversations points. The table setting enhances the conversation.
Olga Iserlis

The art of tablescaping ultimately speaks to your innate sense of style and personality. With the help of a little sparkle from your silverware when it comes to dressing up your tables, Iserlis advises that an intimate gathering should have a relaxed ambience that ultimately reflects your personality. 

“Enjoy yourself and don’t be stressed! After all, people come to your home to spend time with you and like-minded people,” she says. “The energy is set by you, as a host. And, believe me, no matter how beautiful the flowers will be or how sumptuous the meal you serve, your energy is what will make your dinner a success and create a special memory!” 

  • Art DirectionCharlene Lee
  • PhotographyDarren Gabriel Leow
  • Make-UpZhou Aiyi of Makeup Entourage, using Charlotte Tilbury
  • HairZhou Aiyi of Makeup Entourage, using Keune Haircosmetics
  • Prop StylingOlga Iserlis using Christofle products
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