How I Host: Jordana Claudia
There's nothing more American than a backyard party. And none more charming than one curated by Jordana Claudia—a lover of a comfortable, well-spent lifestyle that is equal parts healthy and down to earth.
In this "How I Host" session, take a peek into Jordana's hosting sensibilities and see how she transformed her lush, green backyard into a perfect dining oasis.
How would you describe your hostess style? 5 words or less!
Relaxed, simple, fresh, rustic, family-style
Environment is key. What is your favorite space to host a party?
Always outdoors! If the weather allows, of course. Nashville can be insanely hot in the summertime, but I just love getting to serve a meal to my guests on our old farm table outside. It's perfectly nestled under some tall trees and string lights....add some old 40's jazz to the mix and it just feels magical.
Do you have a signature dish or drink you like to serve?
I can't stand fussing over a 5-course meal. I've tried it before and the stress that it adds to hosting is...well, not worth it! My husband and I love grilling, so my go-to would have to be simple homemade jerk chicken kebobs on a bed of cilantro & lime rice, a crisp and refreshing green salad, some charred veggies and for a drink? Rosé Aperol spritz! It's a blend of bitter Aperol, passionfruit juice, fresh squeezed lime and sparkling rosé — so refreshing and light.
What's your go-to color palette for design?
Always warm neutrals with a pop of color from greenery and florals.
With events, it's important to touch all the senses. The perfect playlist includes...?
Lots of Nickel Creek & Punch Brothers, Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Patsy Cline, Bill Evans and Ella Fitz. I've always been obsessed with old jazz and am currently into old country & bluegrass too! So fun for summer!
Who are your dream dinner guests?
Audrey Hepburn, Emma Stone, my late Grandmother Fay, Elisabeth Elliot, Ginger Rogers, Jennifer Lawrence, Billie Holiday and Ina Garten.
What inspired your design for "How I Host"?
Always inspired by Europe and simple meals in the backyard....or garden as they call it. I love how effortless they look and feel!
What pieces did you choose and why?
I used my favorite 100 year old farm table that I scored at the flea market a few years ago and my thrifted antique chairs — I love how charming both are mixed together. Since the table and chairs are gorgeous on their own, I went with simple white plates & glassware, classic flatware and linen napkins with a green stripe. For the centerpiece, I used a rustic water pitcher as a vase for greenery. I love how organic and effortless everything looked on the table.
What's your best "hosting" tip for beginners?
Just don't overdo it and spend a fortune on hosting — use the simple dishes you have in your cupboard, swap the paper napkins for cloth, mismatch your glassware & utensils, add a few tea lights to the table and snip some greenery from your backyard to plop in vases. Nothing beats this kind of table...it just feels special and personal. Always have some music playing in the background annnnd let's see... prep what you can in advance! The last thing you want to be doing is slaving away in the kitchen while your guests have all the fun mingling and sipping on cocktails. Having everything prepped and ready to go is key and makes hosting feel like a breeze.