I haven't posted a tablescape for awhile, so here is an autumn-toned one I did Friday for an office awards event. The conference room table is 25 feet long and 6 feet wide. My floral arrangements can quickly get large and tall, but I cut the height back this time so guests could see over them.
There were 12 guests so I used the center portion of the long table with six guests per side. Above is one of four large centerpieces I made to cover that span. I used long low trays from Target's houseware's isle filled with wet oasis and clipped the shrubs in my front yard for greenery. Then added five dozen Roses, Chrysanthemums bunches and berries purchased from my local grocery stores. I am lucky that those stores have a fairly nice selection of flowers from South America each week to choose from. I also sprinkled orange glass votive candles around. This is pretty low key, not one of my over-the-top creations.
Each placesetting consists of tortoiseshell patterned chargers and rim soups [used to hold the dessert] from my favorite French maker Jaune de Chrome in the Tortoise Encrusted pattern. The dinner plates are also French made around 1920 by L. Bernardaud that I purchased at an estate sale in August. Pottery Barn russett hemstitched napkins and Kim Seybert leopard napkin rings. Placemats are copper with cork backing made by Copperworx in Clinton, Mississippi. True to my style, I combine antique,vintage, new, high end formal and low end casual items to get my look.
In this photo, you can readily see the tortoise effect in the glaze of the porcelain. Sometimes in the right light you can see a bit of purple in the glaze. Brownies - one of my favorite comfort foods for a chilly fall day. If you follow my blog, you will recall that I like to use rim soups for dessert, salad and soup to get three functions out of buying only one piece of china. The flatware is Vietri Aladdin tortoiseshell brilliant. I like the way the tortoise china and flatware looks with the copper placemat. The placemats seem to get ignored with no comments from guests because you don't see much of them, but I think they are very unique.
Stemware is vintage Indiana Glass's Mt. Vernon pattern on the left and Yurana Designs amber button goblet on the right. I wish I could get more of the button ones but they discontinued them. The buttons are very fun.
Here are some close-up shots of some of the flowers.
I am participating in:
Centerpiece Wednesday on The Style Sisters. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/
Tablescape Thursday on Between Naps On The Porch. http://betweennapsontheporch.net/