Here’s a roundup our favorite tabletops from last week…
Here’s a roundup our favorite tabletops from last week…
Its officially wedding season and if you haven’t attended a wedding yet this summer, you might have one on the calendar. Or, you might just be the bride herself. If so – congrats! We have been there – through the thick of planning our nuptials, that is. Down to the fork and knife – we both planned weddings that required bringing everything into our venues. And I guess its no surprise – we are now in the business of event-related products and services.
Of course, our tables were something we gave some thought to. And if we are being honest about what’s important – we really think the tables are at the top of the list. Though some might overlook the “tablescape”, its not something that goes unnoticed. This is where guests will interact directly with your decor, and one of the places they will spend a significant amount of time during your event. We are not suggesting you spend twenty dollars per charger plate, but we are suggesting that you invest some time, energy, and a fraction of your budget here.
Now,take a look inside our own weddings, and how and why we chose our look and table settings . . .
Alison Girschick Egan, Co-Founder
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Venue: Drewmore Estate
Vibe: Classic Garden Soireé
A collection of photos from Alison’s wedding on June 14, 2014
How/why I chose my look & tablescape: “Before getting engaged, I’d never been the type to fantasize about my perfect wedding. So in the early stages of planning, I wasn’t really sure of the look and feel I wanted. I’m the kind of person who needs to land upon the perfect venue, and have the vision follow – and that is exactly what happened. Although we live close to my family in New York, we decided to have the wedding in Lancaster, where my husband grew up – as an homage to his childhood. After seeing many typical “barn wedding” venues that just didn’t wow me, we landed on Drumore – an old estate that used to be in my husband’s family, with the most perfect garden. Although most ceremonies here take place underneath a small built-in tent attached to the main house, I fell in love with the garden out back, and couldn’t shake the vision it created in my head upon first encounter. Guests would be seated between the rows of shrubbery, and the dance floor would lie at the center, facing the band. Choosing to have our entire wedding outdoors was a HUGE risk – especially because there was no “Plan B” – but well worth it. As for the decor, I wanted to let the setting speak for itself, so I kept my tables and flower arrangements minimal and neutral. I stuck with a simple palette of white and green, to play off of the abundantly green landscape. We selected white china, napkins and tablecloths, traditional silverware, and white and green floral arrangements, and filled the remainder of each table with votive candles of varying heights to keep the party going after the sun had set.”
The setting at Drumore Estate
Allison Watters Vartolo, Co-Founder
Location: Cold Spring, New York
Venue: Glynwood Farm
Vibe: Chic Country Fête
A collection of photos from Allison’s wedding on August 29, 2015
How/why I chose my look & tablescape: “The look, or “vibe” of my wedding, was one thing I had nailed down in my head long before we even found our venue. I didn’t look at all types of venues – in fact, I only looked at a few that met a very specific set of criteria. To name a few . . . 1. there had to be on-site accommodations ( for us, our parents, and our bridal party) 2. there had to be adequate space for a tent 3. it had to make us feel like we had been transported to the English countryside. (Note: we are not English, nor had we ever visited there – but I have always thought it to be one of the prettiest places ever). Once we found the perfect spot (Glynwood), the venue guided us to a lot of the decisions we made in terms of decor. Though it did take a lot, a lot of effort – we wanted a sense of effortlessness in all elements of our weekend. The one exception to that rule might have been the table settings though – because when it came to those I wanted a little something extra. We chose off-white, gold rimmed chargers and plates, paired with a collection of uniquely shaped glasses – champagne flute, wine glass, and water glass. We opted for average silverware because we felt the more special options weren’t really worth the cost. Instead we used that money to have printed tablecloths and overlays hand-made. Our flowers were neutral hues mixed with greenery – with lots of varying heights and textures. Menus were hand painted and monogrammed – and included each guest’s name. We thought it was important that each guest had a seat at our wedding, that was uniquely their own.”
The setting at Glynwood Farm
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If you’re ever unsure of what to make for dessert, taking a trip to your local farmer’s market could help guide you in the right direction. Some of the best desserts originate from fresh, in-season fruits – like this mid-July Peach and Blackberry Crumble. Perhaps a seemingly unexpected match, the combination of peaches and blackberries is a pleasant surprise.
Months ago, it was announced that 2016’s Pantone color of the year is Rose Quartz – so it’s no secret that pink is in. This blushy hue is no longer just for the girliest of girls; it has penetrated fashion runways, home decor lines, and – you guessed it – tableware, proving itself one of the chicest colors on the spectrum.
When it comes to packing a picnic – the antidote is a no fuss approach. Toss some things in a bag (or basket), and be on your way, because let’s be honest – most picnics come by way of an impulse desire to be one with the great outdoors (whilst maybe enjoying a little nosh as well). Where you are picnicking might effect your packing list – for example, while in the city, a multipurpose straw tote and thermos will do the trick. The country yields a little more room for novelty items – that transport easily from house to yard, or car to meadow. Wherever, whenever, and however you are going to picnic – make sure to grab a comfy blanket and a few outdoor friendly accessories – and then, just enjoy!
And when it comes to city vs. country – we say, both.
As career-driven women, we don’t always have time to cook and serve a fabulous meal. In fact, we love to eat out almost as much as we love to entertain, which is why we bring you our Restaurant Series – where we share up to 10 restaurants we’re lusting over for one reason or another. For this first post of the series, we’d like to catch up with our favorite current NYC restaurants.
The holiday weekend is behind us, but unfortunately the aftermath of our less than healthy food and alcohol choices didn’t quite slip away in tandem. Thankfully, we can opt to keep it light in the summer days ahead without sacrificing too much. Delicious summer salad recipes are both healthy and easy to make – and a perk to these leafy concoctions – most don’t require much cooking! Try one out next time you are hosting guests, throw one together as a quick and tasty dinner solution, or make choose one, or a few, to make in a large quantity to take with you on-the-go or for a work lunch. Also – feel free to add your choice of poultry, meat, or fish; or likewise, to subtract from any of these recipes to make them your own!
Click on the image for recipe details . . .
This weekend is the Fourth of July – in case you forgot. Which, if you are anything like us, you didn’t because you were sure to call dibs on a Summer Friday months ago. Whatever your plans – whether you’re staying home, driving out of town, or hopping on a flight – we can almost guarantee that at some point over the long weekend you will find yourself around a table of family and/or friends. After all, we all love the idea of celebrating ‘Merica with some delicious grub and cold cocktails.
To get the setting just right, you’ll of course want some red, white, and … you guessed it – blue. But, consider not being so literal with the holiday of stars and stripes. When it comes to table setting, remember you need not be solely inspired by the country flag. Instead, pair florals, solids, and a multitude of textures that are effortlessly elevated by the natural backdrop of your yard, patio, or rooftop.
Be sure to share your 4th of July tablescape with us on social media by tagging us @thetable_nyc and using the hashtag #thetablenycholidays
As we mentioned in our recent summer tabletop trends post, one of our favorite table trends of the moment is tie-dyed – or Shibori – linens. We especially love hand-dyed Shibori napkins – each one comes out a little bit different, bringing a unique, homemade aesthetic to the table. And this is exactly the look we’re going for for our next dinner party. So, the other day we broke out our old white linens, bought some dye, and made our own – Shibori style.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Shibori, this is the Japanese-originated technique of manipulating fabric by twisting, tying, binding, folding, etc. before dying it in order to make pretty patterns with the dye (or tie-dye, as we’ve named it in the west). The process simple and we encourage that you try it. Just note that hand-dying can get a bit messy, so make sure you wear gloves and have a safe place to work and dispose of the dye.
This time we were going for a more subdued pattern, so we did just a simple bind – but note that the more you fold, twist and constrain your fabric, the more interesting your pattern can become.
When it comes to your wedding, no detail should be spared. Like anything else that you dream up, plan, prepare, and reach into your wallet for – your special day is an extension of you. And of course you is different for everyone. Because while some of us wouldn’t dream of missing the chance to hop on a plane and invite guests abroad for our impending nuptials, others of us simply want a clean and beautiful palette – perhaps a bit closer to home.
Wherever your wedding is, it is your stylistic choices and personal touches that will make it truly your own. Besides your dress, venue, and music selection – your #vibe will also shine through in your tablescape. After all, its where your guests will personally interact with your decor, spend a good portion of time, and likely take photos. Believe us – your wedding tablescape is worth the time, effort, and budget.
Now, don’t panic if you aren’t quite sure who you should be on your wedding day. There are so many directions you can go and more than one option that might work – we’ve rounded up a few to help you decide. We promise there is a tablescape for every bride!