This post is part of my Winter Lunchwith friends that I hosted at my apartment in early December. Planning the menu and décor for our get-together I kept in mind two things: it was a day time occasion and that it was winter.
In addition to enjoying having friends over, setting up the table is one of my favorite parts of entertaining. If you are one of those people who stocks up on all the newest issues of Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Elle Décor and others magazines on home, décor and lifestyle and you like hosting dinner parties, did you ever wonder why there are no specialized publications on proper table décor? Some magazines may, from time to time, have articles or sections on the topic but not to the extent of dedicating a full issue to the art of setting up the table, new trends on china or how to hunt down interesting finds for the table on flea markets and antique stores. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a magazine like that? Just a thought…….
One of my new resolutions for this year is to start seriously collecting antique dinnerware, silver plated trays, serving dishes and anything else in the same genre that I can fit into a small Manhattan apartment. What attracts me the most is the old-world charm and history or intriguing story behind each object? Stay tuned, I’m on a verge of discovering the best antique shops in town.
But back to my Winter Lunch Décor. Inevitably I always find that the table décor truly comes alive when I create interesting combinations of table settings by mixing and matching pieces of whatever dinnerware I have in my credenza at the moment. And for this lunch, I used my Bernardaud “Etoiles” Soup Bowl with an intricate rim design and a whimsical burgundy flower in the center to compliment the porcelain charger in burgundy as well.
Ivory linen napkins framed at the edges with a different shade of burgundy embroidery were casually placed on the right side of the place setting, further tied in various elegant hues of this tablescape.
Brown adds warmth and softness; I dressed my table with light brown table cloth, used simple amber-colored water glasses from Crate & Barrel and woven-wooden chargers to add some casual appeal and build layers of texture.
My friend Olga Gerasimenko of Blooming Bearsmade this almost-spring like centerpiece bouquet for the table. Light green hydrangea is an inexpensive flower which adds volume and fills in the space really nicely without breaking the bank. For color accent, Olga chose yellow tulips, orange blooms of Ranunculus and pink Gerbera Daisies. She used an unassuming white salad bowl to display this floral masterpiece. “Forget the usual vases”, advised Olga, “use various vessels you can find throughout your household like soup tureens, jars, glasses to create an impromptu, seemingly unintentional look that still comes stylishly together”.
Help guests relax by creating a natural ambiance; think light-colored earthy tablecloth and other earth tone elements, lush pastel colored floral centerpiece and great soundtrack of lounge music.
This penguin is an adorable clutch-accessory one of my friends doesn’t travel without. Check out his Instagram and Facebook pages at Not Just a Penguin. It is hilarious!
To create the tablescape for my Winter Lunch with friends, I purchased great things here:
1. Rim Soup Bowl from Bernardaud’s Etoiles Collection Michael C. Fina, available on line or in Bernardaud’s store in NYC.
2. Hand-cut crystal glass, refined with gold “Juwel” Wine Glasses from Theresienthal at Michael C. Fina store.
3. Burgundy chargers with golden rim from Pickard at Michael C. Fina.
4. Amber-colored water glasses from Crate & Barrel.
5. Corded Ombre Napkins in Natural/Plum color by Kim Seybert from Gracious Home.
What is your style of entertaining, casual, shabby chic or all out elegant?Photographed by AnyaFoto.