A Table Setting

September 19, 2011

20110919-063944.jpg Setting a table brings me much joy. At times it feels like putting together a puzzle, combining piece after piece, to create the picture. We had guests last night for supper. There was a crispness in the air, so I decided to set the table in autumnal shades. TPS went to Hamilton College, and was given a gift of plates with scenes of the college from a family friend. The earth tones setting the tone for the rest of the table.

20110919-064626.jpg If the table is set for 4, I usually have the candlesticks slightly askew, so they are not blocking the sightline for us sitting at the head and foot of the table.

20110919-064854.jpg The dahlias are still spectacular right now, so white just felt right with the plates. I used old olive oil bottles as vases, and cut the blooms super tight, so the head of the flower just rested on the lip of the vase. I really wanted the flowers to be super low, and this helped create the look I was going for.

20110919-065323.jpg Horn napkin rings and bone handled silverware brings out the browns in the plates. The clear stemware plays off the clear vases. I mix & match glassware quite a bit. Every once in awhile I like to switch it up and use a set of one style. This water, wine and champagne trio is the first set of stemware we bought 20+ years ago. Many pieces have broken over the years, so we use them now when we only have 2 or 4 guests.

20110919-070051.jpg Vintage mini silver cup trophies hold the votive candles. The lions head book ends were a whimsical addition. I always like to add objects of some sort to the mix.

20110919-070403.jpg With the champagne poured, it was time to start the festivities.