On Friday, I gave a “Collected Tabletop” book presentation to the Waynesville Garden Club. It was nice to be finished with my spring book travel and actually be in Waynesville to give a book presentation. One of the tables that I created for this event was a fun, colorful, “artsy” table. This table featured a collection of very colorful Fiesta dinnerware, combined with both old and new stemware, and a lovely piece of art glass for the centerpiece.
I created the table in honor of a group of my young friends who love this colorful approach to entertaining. I love the mix of both old and new Fiesta dinnerware.
One of the most collected china products in the world, the beloved Fiesta line was designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead, and introduced to the American public by Homer Laughlin China in 1936. Originally introduced in just five colors, Fiesta was an unprecedented sensation. 10,129,449 pieces were produced in 1948 alone. As a line of open- stock dinnerware, Fiesta allows buyers to select by the piece, rather than requiring the purchase of entire sets. Notably, buyers can mix and match from the color range. According to David Conley, the company’s director of retail sales and marketing, Fiesta’s current colors derive from home decor and fashion trends. The fifteen bold colors complement one another as well as a wide range of interior palettes.
Over 50 items in the line provide maximum service options and ensure consistent tabletop styling. The plate’s coupe shape allows maximum food plating surface; sculpted concentric rings highlight and frame the food presentation. Alpha Alumina added to the body enhances durability and provides superior heat retention. According to the Smithsonian Institution Press, Fiesta’s appeal ultimately lies in its bright colors, modern design, and affordability.
The primary inspiration for this tabletop creation was a wonderful fabric from Kravet, called Pots-Beetroot. This contemporary linen print has a wide range of shades of purples, oranges, greens, reds, and tans.
I wanted to have the lovely purple shades as the key color, and combined purple napkins from World Market with the fun linen print.
Other “key ingredients” of the table were the creative “placecards” , which were simply small art easels topped with tiny canvases colored to coordinate with the wonderful range of colors in the fabric.
I added a set of antique fish cutlery to give the table that “collected look”.
After spotting this piece of art glass at New Morning Gallery in Asheville, NC, I knew it was a must to complete this fun and youthful tablescape!
Notice the lovely range of purple and lime greens swirled together in this most interesting shape.
I arranged a combination of Bells of Ireland, purple tulips, thistle, green “trick” dianthus, wax flowers, and veronica to bring out the colors in this exquisite piece.
Bring some color into your entertaining with a collection of old and new Fiesta dinnerware. The color possibilities are unlimited!