Raised by restauranteurs, I was taught dining etiquette earlier than most kids learn to ride a bike. It was, and still is, an unspoken religion at home. In my mind, however, table setting, unlike dining etiquette, can have many different (and still appropriate) interpretations.
I recently set a table for a fancy dinner party and I realized I didn’t know all the “rules.” Don’t get me wrong, I knew where the forks and knives went, but the oodles of glasses were terribly confusing. So, I came home, searched the internet and found a number of different visuals. In the end, they are all basically the same with a few minor changes.
A classic table setting from Mrs. Lillien.
Emily Post: Basic Table Setting
Emily Post: Informal Place Setting
Emily Post: Formal Table Setting
Dining do's and don'ts.
Elle Decoration lays the table.
My friend Sarah was recently featured in this great video illustrating a few modern table setting interpretations.
But at the end of the day, it’s all about the food, not the table setting. Right? Most of us just don’t live in a reality where we need four glasses or a seafood fork. In our modern era, dining is an adventure and table setting is part of that experience.
‘Tis the season for campfires! As you all know, I’m not a huge sweets-eater, but you can’t go wrong with a S’more. Everyone loves the slightly burnt marshmallow, crunchy graham crackers and Hershey’s milk chocolate. Yum!
Here are some of my favorite takes to the traditional recipe/idea:
Easy S'mores Cookies from Dear Lillie
Peanut butter S'mores turnovers from Recipe Girl
S'mores Kit from Fancy That
S'mores cake in a jar from How Sweet It Is
Peanut butter and chocolate cookie S'mores from Thoughtfully Simple
Here is a peek at the things that get my heart racing on Pinterest right now…
As you all know, I am the proud renter of a fabulous new apartment in Greenwich. I have a lovely little patio overlooking the water, which excites me beyond belief.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect deck chair. I don’t have that much space, so it’s essential that the chairs I selected were small, comfy and practical, but stylish at the same time (I wouldn’t have it any other way!). I also didn’t want to pay a small fortune, which made things difficult. As you’ll see, I found LOTS of amazing EXPENSIVE options and a few great, affordable options. Here were my favorite finds…
Janus et Cie Forest Chair, UNGODLY expensive
Beach Chair by Gallant & Jones, $215
Applaro Chair from IKEA, $59
Can you guess which one I chose?
Hopefully all of you have fun plans for the holiday weekend. I thought I would share some of my favorite Easter ideas in celebration – enjoy!
Hop and Peck
Birds Nest Cookies
Paper Mache Eggs
The blog world is OVERFLOWING with fabulous Valentine’s Day ideas this year. Here are some of my fave’s…
Smooch Stamp from Eat, Drink, Chic
Hearts from Martha Stewart
Cupid Kit from Hip, Hip, Hooray
Lipstick and Moustache Lollipops from Blonde Designs
M&M's from Under the Table and Dreaming
This dining set-up for a birthday party in the Hampton’s is jaw-dropping. Seriously, isn’t it fabulous?!
Originally found via COCOCOZY.
I’m a sucker for all things classic-Christmas, but I think this modern decor is absolutely fab. Don’t you?
Images from Sitting in a Tree Blog. Also featured on 100 Layer Cake.
Join Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Lonny Magazine for an event to support the United Way next Wednesday night in Greenwich!! Sign up early to get your portrait painted by the amazing Caitlin McGauley.
I’m completely and madly obsessed with Pinterest. Have you heard of it? It’s an amazing site where you can “pin” images to your own online “bulletin boards”. It’s so easy and so much fun! Here’s my site – check it out!