The Table Setting

My husband and I will be co-hosting a New Year’s Eve party with several other couples next week. This will be my first time hosting anything NYE related; I have in the past usually ended up at a bar, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Beach, someone’s house, had only a few friends over, or set off fireworks with punk squatters in an alley behind Hollywood Blvd. I’m sure there have been other scenarios that I just don’t recall.

So, I’ve been looking at party and table settings for inspiration. I came across some rather nice ones I thought I’d share. Makes me wish I used my good china and crystal more (I’ve yet to ever get proper flatware).

Here’s a Tony Duquette…

If I had servants, I’d do breakfast like this…

Helena Rubenstein, a rather understated setting considering her usual tastes…

Another Duquette…

Sparse, and shabby chic a bit…

Elsie de Wolfe. Hmm, dunno about this Elsie…

A cupcakes and champagne party dessert buffet…

Something a little rustic…

A very fancy TV dinner for two…

A still from one of my favorite movies,”Vatel” about an event planner to the French aristocracy who must throw together the most spectacular “low-key weekend in the country” for the king. If you’ve ever enjoyed period costume films and like entertaining, this movie is for you…

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5 Responses to “The Table Setting”


  1. 1 Veronica 12/27/2010 at 10:21 am

    I love the cupcakes and champagne party dessert buffet of course!

  2. 2 Jaime Haney 12/28/2010 at 12:27 am

    I love the first pic, the green one. The lotus looking covered bowls are doing it for me. The cupcake one looks very Alice in Wonderlandish to me. cute.

  3. 3 vendettabella 12/28/2010 at 11:35 am

    I like the leafy green one down lower, dunno why. Oh, and the breakfast one.

  4. 5 elle 12/31/2010 at 7:01 am

    I’m with Veronica on the cupcakes & champagne vignette! All of them are spectacular! 🙂


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