Yesterday, I shared our formal dining room with you. Today, I am going to share photos of a table setting that I created for the space when I hosted a ladies’ luncheon during the holiday season.
My favorite part of entertaining is arranging the flowers and the table. I enjoy cooking, but cooking for company is stressful. Flower arranging and table setting can be done ahead of time, at a more leisurely pace, allowing one to focus on making things pretty.
I like to have a color scheme in mind before planning a party. That way, I can coordinate the color of the invitations, the flowers, the linens, and the party favors. The dining room itself is very neutral, so I feel that I have latitude to decorate the table with almost any color. I have two sets of dishes to work with, my everyday blue and white Spode and my good china—an antique Wedgwood the pattern of which is basically cream with small flowers and birds in the middle of the dishes. When food is on the Wedgwood china, it obscures the flower-and-bird design, effectively resulting in cream-colored dishes that match everything.
Throughout the year, I cut out from magazines and pin to my Pinterest board pictures of table settings and flower arrangements that I use for inspiration.
My inspiration for the setting that is the subject of this post was the design by Carolyne Roehm pictured below. I loved the combination of purple and blue and white (surprise!).
In my interpretation of her table setting (see below), I used purple napkins, my blue and white dishes, blue and white ginger jars for the floral arrangements, and whatever purple flowers I could find in December (Costco turned out to be a good source).
White and green flowers work well in arrangements as a base—the green bells of Ireland, the white hydrangeas and Queen Anne’s lace are favorites. Then I add in the color that I am focusing on—in this case it was the purple roses and chrysanthemums. Such tall and voluminous arrangements can be a barrier to conversation across the table, but I couldn’t help myself once I started—they were so pretty!
I like to use small party favors at each setting as a place card. Here I found small soaps whose pretty purple packaging matched the table so I only had to add a gold ribbon and gift tag to each—often I just find something that I can wrap in a way that coordinates with the table.
See you tomorrow!