Décor: An Italian Fair
I always like to have a centerpiece that doesn’t obstruct a guest’s view across the table and will enhance the dinner’s overall ambiance. Going through my stack of old magazines I stumbled upon a spread in In Style on different vessels and floral ideas for table décor. The florist who was making the recommendations turned out to be someone I know well, Mathew Robbins, a very creative, talented floral designer who did our wedding. So thank you, Mathew, for an elegant, inexpensive ideas on how to style with herbs.
Glossy Babe has a great selection of beautiful small vessels in a variety of color combinations. I used three shades of purple for my glass centerpiece vessels to hold the herbs. I followed Mathew’s advice and used rosemary, thyme, mint and oregano. What a great idea to showcase the ingredients used in this menu’s Prime Rib Roast. The herbs also added a pleasant aroma to our table.
The hand-woven burlap runner from Pottery Barn brought some warmth, texture and clean casual elegance to the table décor which went well with the hemstitched linen table runner in solid gray overlapping the burlap. The runner provides an elegant neutral backdrop for the silver rimmed white dinnerware.
For the napkin holders I used twine to add a rustic element with attached round hand written name tags that also served as the place cards. Hemstitched linen napkins in light purple matched well with the overall gray-purple tones of the table that also permeate glass vessels with herbs. The runner brought it all together with its chic casualness and a neutral tone.
Without being too stereotypical, all Russians love French songs; there is something about French culture that draws us to it. Even though this was an Italian themed dinner, these songs were our choice of music for the night. We just knew that they would make our guests feel cozy and bring out warm camaraderie at the table. We mostly kept it light and fun, and sentimental at times with those nostalgic, recognizable classics by Patricia Kaas, Dalida, and even some of Edith Piaf repertoire. We also played our favorite Italian — Giada Valenti -- a beautiful songwriter and singer; check out her And I Love You So song… truly a unique talent and a genuine heart.