Recently while working in Raleigh, I went by Quintessentials and my sweet friend Kristen Anderson Hudson asked me to design a Valentine’s table for her front window. I had to do the design fairly quickly (as I was supposed to be working!) and use what they had in inventory. It was certainly not a difficult job to find treasures in this delightful shop!
I wanted the table to be a formal event, so I started with some wonderful “Tuxedo” napkin rings from Juliska! Such cute little black ties, so… why not a Black Tie Valentine’s Dinner! I added beautiful Capiz Shell placements in deep Red from Kim Seybert, which added a lot of color to the table. I then picked up this color in Filetto napkins from Sferra, which had a nice deep red border.
Then I began to roam about the store looking for just the perfect pieces of china. As Quintesentials had Herend’s Golden Edge dinner plates in stock, I thought that this lovely white pattern would be the place to start.
As I love a “collection” of different patterns, I found six different salad plates that were a combination of black, white, and gold. For stemware, I added William Yeoward’s water glasses in the “ Fern” pattern and then his wine glasses in the “ Pearl” pattern. I thought it would also be fun to add six different champagne flutes to get this little dinner party off to a good start. The table sports a collection of flutes from Moser, Seguso (lovely Murano glass) , and Vietri.
Black, white, gold, and red…a perfect color concept for a black tie dinner. And the different patterns of the salad plates were a good layer to add on the simple white and gold dinner plates. I suppose my favorite of the salad plates were the two in Aves patterns from Royal Crown Derby!
And I really like the Richard Ginori pattern, “Oriente Italino Albus!
Silk Ribbon, Chinese Bouquet, and Palmetto are all very elegant patterns to combine with the more patterned Aves and Oriente Italino patterns.
Fortunately, Quintessentials had three of Tommy Mitchell’s exquisite botanicals in gold and white in black containers. These were a lovely addition to the “Black Tie” table!
I added a pair of William Yeoward candlesticks, which were a good scale for the table. A collection of six patterns of flatware were in stock at Quintessentials and finished off this fun Valentine’s table.
So there you have it… the perfect “Black Tie” Valentines Day collected tabletop!