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Table settings for relaxed entertaining
Perfect table settings : hundreds of easy and elegant ideas for napkin folds and table arrangements
Denise Vivaldo.
Toronto : Robert Rose, c2010.
An easy guide to the art of napkin folding and creating beautiful table settings from a seasoned professional.This comprehensive do-it-yourself guide is fun and demonstrates in great detail the art of easy and elegant napkin folding. The author also provides festive, imaginative and inexpensive table decor ideas, featuring everything from favors and linens to centerpieces -- she even shows readers how to create the perfect buffet setting.From the casual to the elegant, more than 250 full-color photographs illustrate napkin folding how-tos and place-setting ideas. All the projects are graded for beginners, intermediates or advanced, providing a myriad of ways for all readers to express their creativity.The book is divided into four parts: Part one features 100 napkin folding ideas and dozens of suggestions for incorporating napkins into place settings and decor. Part two includes table-setting ideas that enhance various menus -- everything from a garden brunch to location parties such as a beach or mountaintop. Diagrams and photos clearly illustrate table settings in detail. Part three provides ideas for centerpieces and favors. There are dozens of classic centerpiece designs as well as both non-floral and edible centerpieces. The author also includes party favor ideas for all occasions, from fun to romantic to kid's parties. Part four shows readers how to incorporate decor ideas (props, linens, flowers) into an event. Whether planning a buffet, an hors d'oeuvre station or a barbecue, it's all covered in easy-to-follow detail.
     
Table style : 101 creative ideas for elegant and affordable entertaining
Liz Belton & Rebecca Tanqueray ; photography by Debi Treloar.
London ; New York : Ryland Peters & Small, 2010.
Sharing a meal with family or friends is one of life’s great pleasures and a thoughtfully decorated table will heighten your guests’ sense of occasion. However, modern entertaining doesn’t require you to polish the silver spoons, starch the napkins, or roll out the red carpet. In Table Style, Liz Belton and Rebecca Tanqueray will inspire you to rummage through your closets and creatively combine vintage pieces with high street finds to create an achievable, stylish, and inviting table. The first section looks at the essential elements: flatware, china, place cards napkins, flowers, and candles. The second section contains suggestions for a variety of different occasions, ranging from an impromptu weekday dinner with friends to the classic celebratory dinner. And the final section contains a useful visual dictionary of international place settings.
     
David Stark design
written with John Morse ; principal photography by Susan Montagna.
New York : Monacelli Press, c2010.
David Stark is one of New Yorkrsquo;s most creative and sought-after event designers. This book explores forty of Starkrsquo;s elaborate yet eco-friendly events-corporate, non-profit, and private-with 200 exquisite photographs and descriptive text. Organized according to the designerrsquo;s quirky phraseology-ldquo;Animate the Inanimaterdquo; ldquo;Don't Take It So Seriously . . . At the End of the Day, It's a Partyrdquo; ldquo;From Many Little Things Make One Big Thingrdquo; "It's Not What You Use, But How You Use It" and "Make Packaging the Prize"-this book is unique in both its presentation and its content. Stark considers his events ldquo;art installationsrdquo; and when guests enter his spaces, that is exactly how they feel-surrounded by the kind of creative input and passion that can only be described as art. Clients include Condeacute; Nast Publications, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Hearst Corporation, Michael Graves, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Museum of Arts and Design, Rachael Ray, Tory Burch, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, Sundance Institute, and Target.
     
The vintage table : personal treasures and standout settings
Jacqueline DeMontravel and the editors of Romantic Homes magazine ; principal photography by Jaimee Itagaki.
New York : Clarkson Potter, c2009.
From creating a party that plays on nostalgia to planning a more opulent affair, the possibilities in these pages show how setting the table can be a festive and imaginative process. Photographs throughout.
     

At any gathering guests enjoy the party all the more when the table is decorated using elements that complement one another. It can be creative fun for the hostess to choose household items to form a festive display that carries out the theme of any gathering.

Pretty table tops shouldn't be limited to formal gatherings. Casual meals can be made special with quick and unpretentious arrangements. Uncomplicated--that's the key for relaxed yet handsome table settings. Natural looking flowers in season are good choices for informal gatherings. If your garden can provide them--all the better! Put them in a pottery container with a simple shape. Pair the arrangement with linens in an open weave, and add two groups of votive candles to the table and voila!

Outdoor picnics in beautiful settings are made even more charming by adding a large bouquet of fragrant flowers in a silver vase to the table. A hint of formality to this casual meal makes a picnic seem extra special. The "slightly formal" theme can be carried out using silver cutlery, simple china, and a white linen cloth.

Folded Napkins

Learn how to fold napkins in various ways to add to your elegant table. You will see how to make the rosebud design for formal luncheons, the clown's hat for children's parties, and bird of paradise for almost anytime.

Napkin folding

Table designs should not necessitate the purchase of new items. Most households have numerous containers of varied size, shape, and color that can be used for creative flower arrangements, candle holders, or table decorations. Tap your imagination and gather items that coordinate in color or style to decorate for you next simple gathering.

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Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff