A Table SettingSeptember 19, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the champagne poured, it was time to start the festivities.