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A Black and White Tabletop for a New Year Dinner

tabletop ideas for new year eve

If you prefer a clean look to glitters for your New Year celebrations, this modern black and white tabletop concept is for you. Assemble a bouquet and pick a stylish, festive tablecloth to polish the look. You could replace the flowers with four numbers on a stick that read 2013.

1. Small drop vase at CB2

2. Iittala Artik Cutlery Serving Set at Greener Grass Design

3. Contemporary Ice Bucket at William Ashley

4. Tasting plate at Uncommon Goods

5. Champagne Glass and Top Hat Silver Centerpiece at

6. Nero tableware collection at Arabia Finland

I hope this mood board gives you ideas on how to set up your New Year’s table. Have fun tonight! But first, don’t forget to check out my bubbly cocktail suggestions here and there.


A Table Design Idea for an Art or Calligraphy Party

art theme table details

art theme table details

Look closely at this table and you should find a few ideas to steal if you are hosting an adult or kids party around an art theme. For instance, use the art materials as your props to design your dinner place settings. They used Chinese calligraphy brushes.

Mixing the art supplies with your table design enables you to jump right away into the party theme. It is an important point if you wish to have enough time to do the activities and serve dinner.

+ Delicious Table details from H.D. Buttercup’s blog


Stylish Summer Burger BBQ Party

summer burger party tabletop

summer burger party tabletop

Let’s face it, the easiest way to throw a BBQ is to serve burgers. The preparation and the cooking is stress-free. Plus, it is affordable. Everyone loves a good burger. You can be creative with your recipes. Chefs elevated the burgers with new recipes. There are a lot of ways for you to make your burger feels special. My husband and I cook our version of the Parisian burgers.

wheat grass runner

Event planner Marla Brown designed last month a beautiful Burger BBQ Party tablescape for her Party of Month column on the blog of A hydroponic wheat grass runner brings a fresh look and feel to your dining table. The wheat grass delivers form and function. You can easily stick items on the wheat grass to create your centerpieces, to serve appetizers on skewers, hold the condiment containers and for dessert, to display tons of fresh fruit skewers or cake pops.

Repetition is key. To will achieve a refined look by using the same containers for all your conditions. The containers do not have to be expensive to look stylish but keep in mind the easy access to the various condiments before selecting which container will are going to use.

For more tips on how to do your own version, watch a video about the making of this burger BBQ party. Marla shared excellent tips that will make it easy for you.

+ Summer Burger Party Theme from Style Sheet, the blog of
+ Photos by Christine Kufske



Dining on a NYC Subway Car

formal dining in a subway car

stylish lunch on a subway car

This story demonstrates that you can improvise a formal dining table almost everywhere as long as you can sit people. These are pictures taken at a formal luncheon for a dozen people that was staged aboard the Brooklyn-bound L train. It must have been fun to do as an adventure.

luncheon on a subway car

As you can see, the food was fancy. They even serve a soup. The key was to use plates and bowls that limit the chance of a spill. The table trays also have a hole to keep the glass in place while the train was moving.

The set up is a concept that is worth stealing from. It would not be too hard to make your own table trays for when you invite more people that your dining table can sit. What you need are ready-made tablets cut to fit your space and to figure out how they will be held in place. The solution depends on where you will hang them or if you prefer to use legs.

+ Aboard the L-train, Luncheon is served – photos by Yana Paskova for The New York Times


Ghoul’s Night Out for a Glamorous Halloween Party

Ghoul's Night Out dinner table

Ghoul's Night Out dinner table

Who says Halloween is just for kids? This hot pink and black party theme by Hostess with the Mostess is perfect for your most stylish grown-up ghoul friends. No costumes required – just tell them to wear their favorite little black dress!

A solid black tablecloth and a few sheets of sparkly scrapbook paper create the backdrop for a glittering, spray-painted skull centerpiece and shiny black serving ware.

Ghoul's Night Out decor details

Rhinestones and a roll of ribbon are inexpensive ways to keep the decor glam yet ghoulish. Use them to decorate candles, wine bottles and to create napkin rings. I loved this clever twist on wine glass charms: just add pink rhinestones to plastic skull rings (and be sure to make extras since your ghouls will surely want to wear them too).

+ Ghoul’s Night Halloween Party at Hostess with the Mostess
+ Ghoul’s Night Evite Invitation


Tabletop and Recipes for Thanksgiving

thanksgiving table details :: copper dishes

thanksgiving table details :: copper dishes

The Canadian Thanksgiving is in less than a month away. Since the weather has just started to feel like fall, I delayed my search for fall table design. I found my first inspiration inside the October 2010 issue of Canadian House and Home.

The Food

thanksgiving truffle-scented roast chicken

I have a thing for the serving ware the stylists chose, particularly the antique copper dish where they put the Truffle-scented roast chicken. Do not be afraid to make a departure from the traditional roast turkey. If you make your chicken as pretty as this, nobody will mind that you replaced the roasted turkey with a smaller bird.

They also suggested for the main dishes a florentine-style Porterhouse steak or a lamb stew with rosemary dumplings. The steak is pan-seared and finished to pink in the oven with whole garlic cloves and fresh rosemary stems. And to cut the fats, they drizzle at the end lemon juice on the steak. It must be delicious. I put the florentine-style Porterhouse steak on my to do list.

The Table

thanksgiving table inspired by the hunting

You could imagine the set designer of a period movie to come up with a similar table for an upscale dinner party after a chic hunting weekend. The parsley tablecloth looks great against the turquoise-rimmed plates. Plus, I like the fact that the table feels neither masculine nor feminine.

You will find all the recipes in the magazine.

+ Canadian House and Home – October 2010, photography by Michael Graydon, prop styling by Sasha Seymour, food stylish by Ashley Denton


Britain Buffet Servers for an Elegant Buffet Table

britain buffet servers in pewter

britain buffet servers in pewter

Elegant buffet servers enhance the look of your table. Holders and caddies are handy to bring the plates and flatware from your kitchen to the table. The pattern of the Britain Buffet Servers is neither truly traditional nor modern. And the beauty of pewter means that this set will never go out of style. I like it to bring a formal sense to your buffet table.

britain buffet servers with glass dishes

Made of pewter, the Britain Buffet Servers are handcrafted in Italy. The baker and flatware caddies come with dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe, and oven-safe glass inserts. They are available at Horchow.

+ Pewter Flatware Caddy $340 USD
+ Pewter Dinner Plate Holder $240
+ Pewter Salad Plate Holder $200
+ Pewter Single Baker $230
+ Pewter Double Baker $230


Outstanding Mingling Plates: Puzzleboard by Oooms and Out of Work

puzzleboard by oooms let you mingle, drink and eat tapas with one free hand

puzzleboard by oooms let you mingle, drink and eat tapas with one free hand

You know my fascination with mingling plates. I am always on the lookout for more. I spotted the Puzzleboard by Oooms earlier. It was always depicted as a service tray or an interlocked cutting board. I thought it was a fun design. Now, I think that the Puzzleboard is brilliant! I discovered that each jigsaw puzzle piece  is also a mingling plate. The multi-purpose characteristic makes it a good buy. Oooms ships worldwide for a flat fee of  7.50 euro per order.

Most mingling plates are built to support a wine glass. I mentioned before the Social plates, which fit different glass types and a soda can. But the bare essential look of the Social Plates is not suitable for a hip cocktail party.

What if you prefer a glass of beer

out of work :: outside of work mingling plate for beer drinkers

I discovered on Design-Milk two Spanish designers who found a stylish solution for a beer and tapas night. Giovanna de Ávila and Joan Sunyol collaborated to create  Out of Work (also named Outside of work), a mingling plate that comes with a handmade blown glass beer glass. O.O.W.’s hand made ceramic plate is stackable.

O.O.W. was exhibited for the first time at Designboom’s Mart 2010 at Stockholm’s Furniture Fair. As far as I know, it is not available in stores, at least for the moment. I suggest that you contact Giovanna de Ávila, if you are interested by these artisan mingling plates.

+ Puzzleboard by Oooms 19.50 euro / $27.15 USD
+ Out of Work on Giovanna de Ávila‘s Web site
+ O.O.W. photos: News about Giovanna de Ávilas


Amarildine: Parisian Style Wedding Gowns


I love fashion and nice clothes. So I could not stop admiring these divine wedding dresses.

I wore a stylish ivory princess dress when I got married but if I was getting married this year, the hand-painted creations of Amarildine from Paris would be on the top of my list.

These front windows are artfully styled with crafted jewelries and accessories. To give you an idea, the hair and the bouquets were nicely done with white shredded paper.

If these gowns are not your style, Kleinfeld Bridal carries the largest selection of wedding dresses. And they carry their own exclusive collections created by designers around the world: London, Paris, Italy and Israel.

About Kleinfeld Bridal

Founded 60 years ago, Kleinfeld Bridal is an institution in Manhattan; they started in Brooklyn. Nearly 200 dedicated professionals, including on-site stylists and bridal consultants, and custom fitters, sewers, beaders, embroiderers and pressers can assist you. With the right fit, you will be the stunning bride walking down the aisle.

Wedding gowns from the Amarildine collection cost between $3000 and $5000 USD. The unusual brides should check out Ian Stuart. This London designer creates unique, stylish yet almost whimsical wedding gowns. If you are invited to a black tie party, evening gowns are available at Kleinfeld.

Learn more: Kleinfeld Bridal


Six amazing housewarming gift ideas

cookbook stand : glass domes : napkin rings : condiment set : home accessoriesI suggest housewarming gifts, but you could tag those suggestions for Valentine’s Day or any occasions of the year. In fact, I suspected you may go and buy those for yourself.

Cookbook Stand

Once you used a well-designed cookbook stand, you wonder how you lived so long without one. Besides its look, I am craving for the weighted chains to keep the pages in place. From experience I can tell you that with a thick cookbook, the bar at the bottom are not enough.

The Architectural Cookbook Stand is more suitable for a larger kitchen. If the style harmonizes well with the recipient’s kitchen, I am telling you that you cannot find a better gift for $29.

Glass Domes

Right now, any stylish entertaining scheme involves a few glass domes. We see more and more affordable options. The top right picture shows the 3 models available at Wisteria. They all come with a thin natural stone plate.

I shown you before Christmas how a glass dome keeps your miniature vignette free of dust. Glass domes are suitable for outdoor and indoor entertaining. The most common uses are for keeping cheese, canapés, pastries or cakes fresh and bug free.

Sold without a platter, the model at the bottom gives you freedom to harmonize the tray / plate to your tablescape.

Conversation Pieces

Displaying stylish decorative accessories with a one-of-a-kind look gives personality to a space. I am particularly fond of those vintage Chinese Cake Molds on iron stand. Because these are antiques, sizes and shapes will vary.

The designs on the mooncake molds symbolize longevity, prosperity, or wealth. Mooncakes are a Chinese pastry traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. But you can still bring those decorative molds to the host of a Chinese New Year party on February 7, 2008.

Table Accessories

You can never have too many sets of elegant napkin rings. For practical reasons, it is best to buy 8 to 12 rings. The Maxfield silver-plated brass napkins rings can be monogrammed.

And the Barona condiment set will announce the style of your cocktail and dinner parties. The tray and four bowls are made of a food-safe aluminum alloy. The surface is hand polished to better reflect candlelight.

Buy online: Architectural Cookbook Stand at Wisteria – price: $29 USD
Buy online: Square Glass Cloche at Wisteria – price: $79 USD
Buy online: Bell Glass Cloche at Wisteria – price: $79 USD
Buy online: Tall Glass Cloche at Wisteria – price: $99 USD
Buy online: Glass Dome at Bodie and Fou – price: £32.50
Buy online: Vintage Chinese Cake Molds at Wisteria – price: $29 USD
Buy online: Maxfield Napkin Rings Set at Pottery Barn – price: $30 USD for 6 rings
Buy online: Barona Square Condiment Set at Pottery Barn – price: $49 USD