4 romantic tables that will inspire at your next special occasion.
Rose petals and stiff white linen are not the necessary accents to create romantic tables. In fact, show your personality by using favorite pieces with a bit of the unexpected. Channel an Elizabethan novel or go exotic with an Arabian night theme. No matter what the occasion or style, make it memorable.
For designer Noel Solomon a table can be the platform for a show-stopping spectacle. “I love creating an unforgettable place for guests to gather around. Dress your romantic tables with art while keeping it functional,” says Noel. She adds different textures, shapely forms and a bit of the unexpected with chairs to add levels and decorative elements. The true scene-stealer is her handmade flowers, which appear to be a marriage between Coco Chanel and Walt Disney. “You can use them for any occasion by changing out the accents. Your tabletop will transform as it’s layered with intrigue and subtle romance.”
Granny rose-printed china loses its fussy formality when displayed on a bare table. The whimsy carries over to serving pieces used as flower vessels and pink donuts served in silver. A centerpiece of carnations, a romantic but not-so-serious bloom with its cool kitsch, plays along with the theme. Find uses for all your pieces and layer dish over dish for added impact.
Marrakesh collides with an elegant high tea in this outdoor setting. Pull out your favorite pieces, which include a mismatch of items including teacups from Anthropolgie used as serving bowls, vintage finds and multi-colored glasses. The pink lantern overhead throws in ethnic-inspired style, color and fun.
Liven up an outdoor setting by using your good dining pieces. A romantic quilt breathes new life to a table when used as a tablecloth. Wine glasses big enough to stow mini apples and napkins tied with bows and flowers are the attention to details guests will appreciate.
By Jacqueline deMontravel