The Perfect Table Setting
November 23, 2016
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we receive many questions from our friends and customers about how to set the perfect table and create a magical place setting. During what should be a time of joy and celebration, we sometimes find ourselves trying so hard to make sure everything is perfect that we aren’t able to fully relax and appreciate the moment. So, as best we can, we will try to offer a few words of wisdom:
~ First, planning is your best friend. From the moment you know you will be hosting, think through your seating, menu, how things will flow, what serving pieces you have and what you will need. There are many ways to add creative touches to your existing pieces. One of our favorites is to spruce up your table with new linens. Perhaps a new tablecloth, runner, placemats and napkins, or maybe napkin rings (yes, napkin rings can be very fun and unexpected!). All are easy ways to make a lovely impression.
~ Second, don’t be afraid to mix and match. We love mixing crisp white Montes Doggett serving pieces with Match pewter. Think outside the box and mix different patterns of chargers with dinner plates. Now is the time to use your precious silver, china and heirloom treasures, and you’ll be surprised how well they can blend with your newer pieces.
~ Next, consider those personal touches that do not go unnoticed. Our golden ceramic gourds from Caroline’s Ceramics are perfect to place at each setting to add something festive. Lucky guests may even get to take one home with them. Place card holders and place cards with names calligraphied on them leave your guests feeling that you went the extra mile to make the evening special.
~ Flowers in pretty vases, candles burning and the right lighting (not too bright) also help in creating a beautiful and calming ambience. Consider giving votive candles with a pretty ribbon wrapped around them as a take-home happy. We are loving our votive candles from Cire Trudon, the oldest candle company in the world from Paris.
~ Most importantly, relax. You know that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you look around the table at the end of the evening and see your friends and family laughing and lost in the moment? Try to remember, that is what it’s all about...the joy of being together!