The Gracious Table: The Art of Creating a Beautiful Table

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Random House Incorporated, 1996 - Cooking - 144 pages
The Gracious Table offers an abundance of inspirational table decorating themes to be used with whatever service might be at hand, be it a set of fine china, everyday plates or mismatched items from years of collecting. The emphasis throughout is on a sense of personal style. Settings range from the formal to the everyday, from intimate dinners to large gatherings: lunches, family parties and annual festivities such as birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Harlequin, blue-and-white, modern chic for city living, and ethnic motifs to match exotic dishes are some of the themes spotlighted with imagination and in detail. Components of each setting are featured and discussed. Variations on each setting are suggested, and special step-by-step spreads focus on related subjects, such as choosing and arranging flowers and candles, place cards, and napkin folding. A chapter on international etiquette explores the variety of traditions for international table settings and how to organize a formal seating arrangement and choose the correct cutlery and wine glasses.

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These two beautifully illustrated books showcase ideas for creating successful environments for entertaining. Design editor and stylist for british Vogue and other magazines, Caselton focuses on table ... Read full review

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Margaret Caselton is a journalist and stylist.

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