Worldly Table Linens and Stylish Tables in General…
The other day, I might have been shopping, and I might have seen this tablecloth and matching napkins, and I might have bought them in preparation for a stylish dinner that I haven’t had… yet.
In all honesty, most table linens tend to be, well… boring. Or at least boring to me. A white one, a red one, a green one, a tan one — ooh, there’s a wild one in purple!
One of my dearest friends has a very beautiful tablecloth — one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen — and it isn’t even a tablecloth at all! It’s a blanket that he bought in South America that he uses for a tablecloth and it’s perfect. Soft, welcoming, and full of color. Each time we visit, I just love looking at it while he puts the finishing touches on another delicious meal.
So when I saw this elephant-print tablecloth and napkins by Tradewinds Designer Collection … made in India, by the way … I had to buy it. It wasn’t even a compulsion, it was my nature. I love elephants. They are one of my favorite animals, and I think they are very majestic. Plus, this tablecloth is full of color, which I plan to use to my full advantage this weekend as I plan a birthday supper.
I am all ready to use the darling elephant salt and pepper shakers that I wrote about in Collecting: An Essay.
As a hostess, I think the best table designs reflect personality: who are you? Who are your guests (who is your audience)? What is the feeling you are trying to evoke? What is the meal being served?
Don’t just settle for a plain tablecloth or dreary napkins, but if that is all you have, find a way to dress them up into something special with contrasting glassware, funky dessert dishes or bread plates, a mix of salad and dinner plates, personalized napkin rings, or clever place cards.
Food should make us feel grateful, not routine, and eating dinner with friends is a blessing indeed.
- Madame Verte’s Entertaining Essentials (mapetitemaisonverte.com)