‘Table Wars’ – What Tamera Mowry-Housley learned about Martha Stewart

Hosts bond over tablescaping on 'Table Wars'

Tamera Mowry-Housley of ‘Table Wars’ on HGTV and discovery+

Q: Are you a tablescaper?

A: Yes (laughs), I am and what’s crazy is I didn’t know the term before and think I’m forever learning. I always loved putting parties together, like Halloween parties we did. Thanksgiving, we always oscillate (on kitchen duties) and I was always into setting the table. So I always like to add candles or napkins, you know, the right silverware. So yes, that’s why this job was so exciting for me. I loved it.

Q: Do you pick up ideas from the show for your own tablescapes?

A: Yes, I do. And of course, their tablescaping was on a whole ‘nother level (laughs). I don’t know if I’m going to like go to a junkyard and find – but I love the idea of having different color cups, different designs, having a theme for a dinner and starting from there. I love it. I love seeing people’s faces when they see what you’ve done and then on top of that being able to enjoy a great meal in that setting.

Q: How did you like working with Martha Stewart?

A: (Laughs) Well, the blessing was, I have to say — they were cautious that I was going to be intimidated. They were like, “Make sure you approach Martha a certain way.” And once I saw her, it’s like we knew each other for years and that’s what she said. And she would always say, “You’re a great host, Tamera. You are an excellent host.” And I think she respected the fact that, one, I respected her legendaryness, and two, I was myself. Martha I’m sure has seen many different types of people approach her and one thing that I have learned, if you’re going to approach her just be yourself.

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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