The past weekend Dan and I co-hosted a fundraiser auction dinner with our neighbor Robin benefitting our neighborhood association. Ten Francophile winning bidders were entitled to a feast.
As soon as I received the menu it was clear that a formal ambiance would be the only fitting setting for these l'eau a la bouche dishes. The " French Empire" era immediately came to mind.
I went online to Zazzle to create personal menus for our guests. I found a very beautiful shade of blue for the cards which also became an inspiration for a 3rd theme color with the already decided burgundy/red and gold. I used a combination of the most baroque fonts available on the site which are Flemish Script,English Adagio/Presto/Vivace and Garamond Bold/Italic.
I chose Haviland china for the first 2 entrees. Host Robin's beautiful deep red silk drapes in her dining room was the inspiration for the colors burgundy-red and gold. I immediately knew this set would compliment the table and room perfectly.
Flowers were purchased from my favorite local wholesaler, Flora Fresh Inc. Floral design is probably my most favorite part of creating tablescapes.
I used Valhalla china by Noritake for the 3rd and 4th entrees.
|Mocked table setting|
A couple days prior to the dinner I created a couple of mocked table settings that included the Noritake set which I shared with my Facebook friends/family to help me decide between the Noritake and Haviland.
Noritake Navy/Gold border china on deck in the butler's pantry
moules en crème et Pernod" (Mussels with cream and pernod).
Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed the photos. I will be linking this post to Naps Between The Porch's Tablescape Thursdays so be sure and visit the website for other great table setting ideas. Until next time, au revoir.