Cre­ate an invit­ing ta­ble set­ting

Cre­ate the per­fect ta­ble set­ting

Northern Rivers Style - - CONTENTS - TRACEY HORDERN

MANY moons ago when I lived in New York, I was lucky enough to work in a Man­hat­tan in­te­ri­ors store. Pa­tro­n­ised by New York’s elite, in­clud­ing the stylish Jac­que­line Kennedy, Wolf­man & Gold was lo­cated in down­town Soho and spe­cialised in fine din­ing ac­ces­sories, table­ware and dé­cor pieces.

The own­ers of the iconic Prince Street store were Peri Wolf­man, a stylist of note and her pho­tog­ra­pher hus­band, Charles Gold. The stylish cou­ple pub­lished what was the de­fin­i­tive din­ing-set­ting book, ti­tled, The Per­fect Set­ting.this book was – and still is – re­garded by many as the last word on beau­ti­ful ta­ble set­tings.

To say I learnt a thing or two about fab­u­lous ta­ble set­ting tech­niques is an un­der­state­ment. The knowl­edge that was gen­er­ously passed on by the own­ers and my work col­leagues, the in-store train­ing and study­ing the book has trans­lated in styling jobs and com­mer­cial ta­ble set­ting gigs, usu­ally for spe­cial oc­ca­sions such as wed­dings.

Limit your colour pal­ette

To cap­ture the Wolf­man-gold look, I sug­gest you do as they did so well; limit your pal­ette to cer­tain cho­sen colours. The in-store style fea­tured table­ware that was strictly lim­ited to the colours of white and creams. For high­lights, green was fre­quently used and this com­bi­na­tion cre­ated an easy to achieve, yet dra­mat­i­cally pleas­ing ef­fect.

It’s an easy com­bi­na­tion to repli­cate, limit your plates to a nar­row range of colours and add green­ery or flow­ers and can­dles for high­lights. For in­stance, fresh cut green­ery strewn down the cen­tre of the ta­ble, com­bined with white table­ware, sil­ver crock­ery and in­ter­spersed with soft white can­dles in sil­ver can­dle holders cre­ates an over­all vis­ual ef­fect of un­der­stated el­e­gance.

Them­ing a ta­ble

Not all gath­er­ings at the ta­ble come un­der the head­ing of un­der­stated el­e­gance. Chil­dren’s birth­day par­ties, out­door bar­be­cues and ca­sual din­ing are more likely to rep­re­sent our so­cial gath­er­ings. But the same rules ap­ply, limit your colour pal­ette and stick with a theme.

For chil­dren’s birth­day party ta­ble set­tings, a pal­ette of pri­mary colours could be ex­hib­ited by the choice of colours for the pa­per nap­kins. Per­haps strew some lollies, such as jelly­beans, Jaf­fas or Licorice All-sorts in the same colours as the nap­kins down the cen­tre of the ta­ble. That colour­ful trick would cre­ate a pleas­ing ef­fect for as long as they last and would look great in pho­tos.

For an out­doors gath­er­ing, you could run with a rus­tic theme of na­ture and a har­vest of abun­dance. Choose prac­ti­cal, nat­u­ral colours such as greens and cream, which could tie in with the colours of your nap­kins and can­dles. For high­lights, again, choose cre­ative ex­pres­sions of har­vest, such as corn­cobs or some other ed­i­ble veg­eta­bles such as pump­kins.

The thing to know when it comes to cre­at­ing the per­fect ta­ble set­ting, like most artis­tic ex­pres­sions, your creativ­ity is only lim­ited only by your imag­i­na­tion.

3 1:: Vin­tage cham­pagne glasses, from a range of vin­tage crys­tal at Vin­tage In­te­rior Pieces, Park St, Brunswick Heads. 2:: Caviar Speckle Din­ner­ware from Maxwell & Wil­liams avail­able at Shoppe One-17, Keen St, Lis­more. 3:: Aldo Drinks Trol­ley, $314, www.tem­ple­andweb­ster.com.au. 4:: Cher Blanc Din­ner­ware, avail­able on­line from www.nori­take.com.au.

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