Look! Table Setting Artwork from Start to Finish

Look! Table Setting Artwork from Start to Finish

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 31, 2009

This past weekend we had dinner at my mother's house, and we cooked for her and two of her old friends. It was a lovely summer evening. My first job was to set the table, something I love doing. For this table I kept it simple and went with three runners that Sara Kate's mother had made on her last visit and some grasses from nearby...

I consider table-top making an art form and these little experiments, so I thought I'd photograph a bit of the progress.

1. This first pic is the after pic with the runners, plates and glasses, four small votives with Ikea candles, a vase of grass and lavender from her garden and the wine (wine bottles are great decorations!).

2. Before - this is the table with nothing on it. It was also very dirty and had to be washed.

3. For the first arrangement I used only two runners and realized that - as pretty as it was- it wasn't going to work for five people.

4. I then switched to three runners which made six places, but used one for the vase and lavender so that it didn't seem awkward. Note, as well, that I seated everyone so that they could see the water as the sun set!

5. After - For a finishing touch, I placed a sprig of lavender across each plate (note: these are my mother's old Wedgewood blue plates that she got from her mother. They're lovely, but not white. I prefer white when table setting as it sets everything off so much better). Oh, and there's Ursula.

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posted originally from: AT:New York

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