Entertaining and Tablescapes

We all know how important and fun it is to get together with our family and friends as often as we can.  Sharing a meal, cocktails or just a glass of wine is always a great time!  Gatherings around the table, either indoors or outdoors are where most of our best memories are created!   Now that the cozy season is coming, I just wanted to share some ideas for entertaining with you, hoping to inspire someone to give it a try and transform, perhaps a rather boring space, with only a few favorite things, repurposing them to create new memories in a beautiful setting of their own.

This is the perfect time of the year to celebrate being alive! Days are still warm, sunny and last longer than the ones soon to come … some people are squeezing everything they can from the last days of summer, throwing pool parties, barbecues and having fun with any excuse…Others are already preparing for the crisp days of Autumn and all the beauty and cuddling  they will bring, when the warmth of summer goes away only to be replaced, with the warmth inside of us and that of our homes… Which one would be you?

A crisp, white, freshly ironed, linen tablecloth
A crisp white, freshly ironed, linen or cotton tablecloth always looks perfect against the colors of nature, just add some fruits, flowers, a bottle of wine or iced tea, and your favorite dishes, prepared using fresh, local, seasonal produce and you’ll be on your way of having a great time, relaxing and enjoying life!
Mismatched chairs, a big part of the charm!
Mismatched chairs, old, old, tables, lots of candles … a big part of the charm!
Taking inspiration from Mindy Weiss
Taking inspiration from Mindy Weiss
Magic,
Magic, all we need is a little bit of magic in our lives…
Sometimes
Sometimes, no tablecloth is even required! Add a few cozy pillows for  color and comfort and … Voilà! A party is on it’s way
Breakfast,
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Tea Time, cocktails or dinner, either simple or sophisticated, there is no reason under the sun to deprive yourself of those moments that make life worth living!  All it takes is a little imagination and to run with it!
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Can you feel the love? If you don’t have flowers in your garden or time to go buy them…what about some lemons?! Limes? Oranges?! Fruits? Vegetables? Fruits and Vegetables? Bunches of Lavender? Rosemary and chamomile? Bowls full of sea shells? Sea shells right on the table, forming an ondulating runner? Pretty river stones? Some grass in a container?  Bulbs? Flowering Bulbs? …. A bunch of candles? A bunch of candles in mason jars? A bunch of candles under bottomless bottles of wine?!    Ok… I started to sound like Bubba from Forrest Gump! Sorry.
Girasoles à la table!
Girasoles à la table! Goooorgeous combination of Girasoles and Succulents resembling in shape the Girasoles!
I rest my case!
I rest my case! No excuses. A little corner of paradise, the simpler the prettier! If you don’t have a deck or patio, or the grass is not growing as nicely in some place of your backyard…. put some gravel on it!- It is one of my favorite things- and some pretty potted plants! …  If you think you don’t have a big enough tablecloth…even better! Grab that mismatched, almost unused, flat sheet from a long, long, time ago, the one you fell in love with during your honeymoon! You know what I’m talking about! We all have them, those high thread-count, lonely, flat sheets…We used the heck out of their partners, the fitted ones, but for some reason, flat ones always remain intact. (?)   But of course! if you are one of the lucky ones who had collected vintage, french linens, while traveling in Provence…. Well, you are all set! Now is the time to use them, take them out of the linen closet where they lay forgotten, so much beauty deserves to shine. You don’t want to die without using them, right? The time is here and now. It is all we have.
Simplicity! what a beautiful thing... I love how organic
Simplicity! what a beautiful thing… I love how organic and back to basics this feels
Never underestimate the power of a few
Never underestimate the power of a few humble candles… nothing like it!
I you could, do hire some waiters, that would aloud you
If you could, depending on the occasion, hire some waiters, that would allow you to have a more relaxing and joyful time. If it’s not in your possibilities, swap services with your friends’ or neighbors’ teenagers!
Exquisite,
Exquisite! – But never allow your centerpieces to interfere with conversation, that is a huge mistake, even some event and flower designers still make, I think perhaps most of them do it only for photoshoot purposes. There is no reason for it, just pay attention to details and you will find a way to avoid being limited to only talk to the people sitting besides you, without sacrificing beauty and design.
If you think about it
If you think about it, you can replicate the same feeling of a tablescape you love without spending a fortune, it doesn’t matter if your special occasion doesn’t require an elegant setting, just a pretty one, you only have to follow the concept and simplify!

This one for instance, you could use tea cups, soup or cereal bowls for your centerpieces and place only a few flowers on them, that would cut your cost and time preparing it greatly and the scale would be more adequate for a simpler, more casual and relaxing event. Don’t forget to introduce more texture and movement to your centerpieces by using different heights, mixing different flowers, foliage, branches, grasses, even vegetables or just using only one type of flower for a very classy, elegant look.

It is OK to mix and match your plates and glasses, it is actually desired to be original and unique…. just be careful to follow a color palette you really like and looks good all together. Finally, always try to use cloth napkins, long, linen or cotton ones. There is nothing like it, no replacements for this one! (What am I saying? I do use paper napkins a lot! – More like paper towels actually… I like to choose my size!- but never when you have guests…. unless you are having pizza, of course… or something messy, or… I better shush it, I know…)

To feel like a princess for a night is priceless!
To feel like a princess for a night … priceless!
Oh the possibilities!
Oh the possibilities!
Crimson passion and greek key
Crimson passion and greek key! exquisite.
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Nobody like Ralph! He’s got the touch.
Ralph Lauren, enough said!
Ralph Lauren, enough said!    – I adore Chandeliers…. ADORE them, they are made of Light, Crystal, Magic and Glamour…  You gather all those ingredients and put them in a huge martini shaker.  First the most beautiful light, then the finest of crystals, a little bit of magic and some oh, làlàs for the Glamour…. Shake it vigorously and throw it to the skies! …… Voilà! Can you see them? I sure can.
There is something about hot pink and orange that make us feel happy, like we were in a big colorful sherbet refreshing dream!
There is something about hot-pink or fuschia combined with orange that make people really happy, like if they  were in a big colorful and refreshing sorbet dream!
Those chairs have the X Factor!
Those X back chairs are quite beautiful, always and forever. xx
It feels like home..
It feels like home…doesn’t it?  Not my home, just HOME
Dreaming of Tuscany
Dreaming of Tuscany
Magic
Enchanted night,  all your dreams might come true…
Oh la la!  you just need one friend for this one!
Oh là là!  You would only need one guest for this one…. and many, many candles!
We'll always have Paris
NOT FOR NOTHING WAS IT SAID:  “WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS”…

But, what about us?...

Did you like it? I had a blast! Photography transports me through space and time… What about you? What moves you? Good night 😉

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