I had twelve people, two dogs, and two cats for Thanksgiving dinner. To accommodate the humans, I had to use both dining tables. The critters, of course, were happy to eat off the floor.
Here are the pictures I promised in a recent blog. The table on the left incorporated warm gold elements to go with my gold rimmed Lennox Tuxedo china. The table on the left had a cool, frosty vibe to set off my late MIL's silver accented china; I don't know what the name of her china is.
The stemware on the left, a wedding gift to my parents 65 years ago, has a floral/leafy motif that was perfect for the harvest theme. The cutlery is gold electroplate. The crystal on the right was my selection as a young bride-to-be, Gorham Crown Point. The silverware is heirloom silver, solid sterling, that originally belonged to a great aunt. The set --- and it's an AMAZING set, right down to the fish forks --- found its way to my grandmother, then my mother, and now it is mine. Each piece is monogrammed with a "C", for the Crockett surname (yep, THAT Crockett).
Not to toot my own horn, but I so enjoy doing this kind of thing, I wonder if there is a paying niche for table designers? Gonna have a dinner party? Need a pretty tablescape? Call Prunella! She'll work with the crap you have and gladly spend your money for more crap! I could never design a whole room, that's just too overwhelming, but a table is just the right size for my limited imagination.
grew a beard after our kids left the house. He decided a mid-life hirsute pursuit was cheaper than a new car, and certainly less hazardous to his health than an affair. If he can have a mid-life crisis, then so can I.