Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dining By Design - A Fantasy

After yesterday's mention of the Dining by Design event, an anonymous reader asked, "What WOULD you have tossed together for a table setting, given the time?" Oh, yes. This is great fun. What, indeed? Let's assume no budget as that will make it loads more appealing. First the basics. Round table for ten, white under cloth, bamboo chairs, black. I'd have to start with Le Lac, square overlay, two-inch black grosgrain ribbon at the hem. An additional 3/4 inch ribbon, 3/4 inches in from the larger one. The corners would just break on the floor so the white of the bottom cloth would just cut the pattern a bit. I might have four black tassels at the ready just in case; I fear it would be too much.

Large, outdoor lantern suspended magically from the ceiling. (You might be over these, but I've adored them since way before they were the rage.)

A mass of white peonies in

a giant Oscar de la Renta bowl from Lunt. Just a hint of that turquoise peeking through. Yum.

I'd love to use the Muehling candlesticks, but am afraid they don't have a spot at the table.

Baccarat crystal. There's a lot going on here, we need to give our eyes a little rest. To top it off, big, oversized white linen napkins from Sharyn Blonde with my monogram in white, also oversized.

And, no evening is complete without Mr. Blandings across the table. He's what makes any night a party.

23 comments:

Suzy said...

It would have been gorgeous Mrs Blandings! And too sweet with you two on either side of the table ;)

Linderhof said...

In the new barn that Ina Garten built to film her cooking show, I think those candlesticks are on the mantle -- several of them. They look wonderful.

Martha

Anonymous said...

Reservations please!

Oh, and yes, to the Muehling sticks - they would certainly have a spot, they're ethereal enough to not obstruct and are the perfect extension, like a silhouette of the Le Lac.

Smashing.

Anon (that asked for this!)

pve design said...

You are hired. What a lovely table!
May I ask what is on the menu, take-out?

Mrs. Blandings said...

Suzy - thanks, Mr. B is a charming guest!

Mrs. Blandings said...

linderhof - you're right! She has them "in town" too - which fills me with envy.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Anon. - Thanks, and my pleasure. Reality would have been a bit different, but this was very fun.

Mrs. Blandings said...

pve - oh, yes, no menu planning for me. Mr. Blandings is the real cook here; I just "fix" things.

Anonymous said...

What a pleasure to see your great sense of style. Absolutely love it!
You are a Kansas City treasure...
Karena

Style Court said...

Just LOVE it! Kansas City really missed out this year -- how great your contribution would've been. Maybe next year?

Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - Fingers crossed for next year - I do think it would be a blast.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful that you live with your most important guest! I'm sure he's charming and witty and that you both would have looked divine. BTW, what would you have worn?

Mrs. Blandings said...

Anon - hmm, likely a lbd so as not to compete with the table. I'm much better dressing a table than dressing myself.

CC said...

Mrs. Blandings~

What a wonderful table you have set! It sounds magical!!!

So, what would you wear???? Cocktail dress, nice pants suit, heels, flats, a handbag??? Do tell..... :)

PS...I LOVED that you included Mr. Blandings as a special addition to your table setting! You are such a sweet wife!!!

CC said...

OOPS! Sorry, looks like I asked the same question as someone else regarding what you would be stylin' in...:)

Nell E said...

Just lovely...maybe PVE could be persuaded by popular demand to produce a watercolor of said setting. Would be a great help to those (such as I) who have a hard time envisioning scene in its entirety. The combination of your inspired concept and PVE's artistry would yield a memorable image!

Anonymous said...

you inspire wedded bliss. each time I read a comment about your adoration for mr. b, it inspires me to prize my beau a bit more when I see him next. good for the soul, I think.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Nel e - that would be fun to see, wouldn't it?

Mrs. Blandings said...

Anon - I don't mean to oversell it - he bugs me and how! But, mostly, I still dig him.

*L said...

i heart that floral print fabric

katiedid said...

Ha! My husband will periodically ask me: "so...do ya dig still dig me?"

Impeccable table, as I would have expected. I have it pictured perfectly in my mind. I love the silver bowl especially!

Pigtown-Design said...

This table would have rocked!

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Blandings~

I have a question for you. (Sorry, it's off topic) But, a few blogs ago you featured a store called George's. Can you tell us a little bit more about this store? Also, can you tell me about the fabulous leather handbags that were featured in that blog?

Thank you.