The Art of Transformation: Part 2, The Table

November 4, 2011 6:10 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Whether the festivities involve a formal sit down dinner, a sumptuous buffet spread, or simple passed hor d’oeuvres, most parties require some type of table setting to make the consumption of food easy and enjoyable. Your table setting should be a constant delight for the senses, but it should also be practical and easy for your guests, without compromising your creative vision.

Linens and napkins. From simple linens to an elegant tablecloth crowned with an opulent overlay, festooned with beads and jewels, there are many ways to make a table look beautiful. If you want to show off your gorgeous table, why not try a table runner? Maybe your table isn’t your prized possession, or you just want to present a more opulent look; go the distance with a full-length cloth that puddles at the floor beneath the table. In the Grace Ormonde photo shoot for Wedding Style magazine (above) we didn’t even need to use a table cloth because our mirrored table was so beautiful, we wanted to show it off. Know when NOT to use a table cloth as well as when to use one.

Chairs and chair covers. An often overlooked component of a table setting, seating for your guests needn’t be the same old boring dining chair you’ve owned forever. You can rent high fashion chair covers from Wildflower Linen or La Tavola, or if that’s not in the budget, try making your own.

China, glassware, and flatware. No table is complete until it is decked with the necessary array of eating utensils. Are they functional? Absolutely. Do they need to be boring? Not on your life. What’s your budget? If you have deep pockets, my favorites are Geary’s and Bergdorf Goodman. A more middle road option is Crate & Barrel and if you’re on a strict budget, try Target or Cost Plus World Market. If you have a good eye, you can find beautiful things even at a bargain price.

Additional touches. Once you’ve gone the distance with your table setting, there’s still the opportunity to take it one step further. Don’t forget about the importance of napkin rings, seating cards and party favors (a notion that is often relegated to weddings, but has a place at almost any type of event.)

Be resourceful. Don’t think your current dining room table is big enough to play a role in your creation? Before going out and buying a new table, why not give it a new shape by strapping a piece of wood to the existing table top and adding a custom-made table linen. Don’t have a suitable cloth for your table? What about that lace shawl your grandmother gave you so long ago or the set of window curtains you never did get around to using? Think your side table is boring? Some gold spray paint could transform it into something glamorous and exciting!




Thank you Cameron Leung Photography for these beautiful photos!

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