A Beautiful Table...
Your table begins as a blank canvas for you to tell a story. It can set the tone for great entertaining or be the centrepiece of an occasion.
Whenever I am invited to someone’s home, I look forward not only to the cuisine in store, but also to discovering how the table will be set. It is always such a delight when a host puts great thought and effort into creating a beautiful table.
A unique table setting is my own special way of welcoming guests into my home. Personally, I love playing with textures and bibelots— silver accessories, china with different patterns from my collection of vintage plates, decorative chargers, linens and flatware, flowers and foliage from the garden—the possibilities are endless! I enjoy experimenting, mixing and matching unexpected elements, and trying to create little tablescapes with a theme. It literally sets the stage for the meal ahead.
Among the many socials I’ve been privileged to attend, I’ve seen how a beautiful table can spell the difference. And it’s not necessarily about being formal or grand—although, of course, a lavish setting can make for a magnificent visual feast (p. 186, Old World Living). One of the most memorable get-togethers I recently attended was in fact a casual countryside lunch in the middle of the Swiss Jura mountains. There, freshly picked wild flowers were paired with raw wood and rustic, natural touches to usher in a menu of authentic local flavours concocted with the freshest ingredients (p. 38, Alpine Picnic).
Be inspired by the gorgeous floral arrangements and table settings created specially for this issue of Philippine Tatler Homes by some of our favourite event stylists—mia Cabawatan-lozada, Jo Claravall and Cyndi Fernandez-beltran. While you’re at it, dabble in a handful of interesting recipes, both savoury and sweet, by the Portugese food stylist Susan Machado (p. 220).
To make entertaining easier, a well-designed kitchen, one that’s not only stylish but functional, is a must (p. 118, Passion Play). Also in these pages, peruse our selection of fine and fun entertaining essentials, and luxe home finds to add a touch of sparkle to your next get-together. Enjoy!