We had a send off dinner last eve for our beloved Nancy, who is moving to San Francisco with her husband who took a new job. The folks that work for me become part of our family, so we all gathered to send her off in proper Watson Kennedy fashion. It was a lovely evening of many stories, lots of laughs and a few final good-bye tears.
I wanted to set a creamy white table because I knew the last of the peonies are in bloom, and I wanted to scatter them about the table. Setting a table is much like getting dressed. You first choose what you want to wear and then layer the rest. In this case I knew I wanted to use white plates that I knew would play well off of the creamy white peonies.
I also thought clear stem ware would work well for the drinking glasses, as I knew the libation for the evening would be bubbly. I chose clear Juliska vessels for the peonies. Bone handled silver ware as well as horn napkin rings add an earthiness to the French fruitwood table which I most times like to leave exposed, without a tablecloth.
Old watch faces from my collection were set about, as well as a few Limoges boxes (a champagne cork and a pocket watch) that tied in with the other things on the table. We pulled vintage game pieces with letters on them from the shop to use instead of place cards.