We went to an annual "kick off the season" party last Sunday. The kind of affair where you get to see friends and acquaintances you haven't seen for awhile, mixed in with a lot of folks you've never seen before and likely won't see again.
But the parties I like to attend the best are the same ones I like most to give. Intimate lingering affairs with good food and great conversation.
Candlelight is a must. And so is keeping it simple. But the key to making it memorable is to add a little glamour.
Small gestures, like dimming the lights, playing the right music, and bringing out a few indulgences make the most basic settings transcendant.
A white French linen table runner over a sumptuous layer underneath is a good place to start. Bringing out the silver is a good second. And a bit of cut glass adds the dazzle that takes it all the way to third base.
Everyone responds well to a cozy amber glow, and the talk just flows.
I added a little suggestion of the season with glittery cards from Cavallini and Co. at each place, and tossed in a few silver balls to up the ante.
Serving plates are my plain white cafe ironstone topped with vintage creamware bowls. Let the guests be the star of the show.
Napkins are from Pottery Barn and translate into so many different settings. But I think a simple table shows them off best.
So I'd love to know how often you go to or give a dinner like this. Would this work for you during the holidays?
Thanks so much for coming by!
Ciao! for now!
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