A Beau­ti­ful Ta­ble...

Philippine Tatler Homes - - EDITOR'S NOTE - — Mia bor­romeo Edi­tor, Philip­pine Tatler Homes

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!

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