I’ve been thinking about the upcoming holidays and the traditional color schemes for entertaining this time of year: black and orange for Halloween; gold, cooper, brown for Thanksgiving; and red and forest green for Christmas. This year I want to incorporate something new, something more trendy so I looked at the 2012 fall fashion colors. The Pantone Fall 2012 Colors include a bright shade of purple (the fashion trade refers to it as rhapsody, sugar plum, and gothic grape). I like a little darker shade — more plum and mulberry is more my style. I’m going to mix up the color wheel by combining olympian blue with ultramarine green (really the shade of billiard tables) together in what I hope turns out to be a smoky teal green. I’ll add a touch of rose smoke and flashy pink flambe’ for fun, and I’ve found my color scheme for entertaining this season.
As I dream of fall parties, the perfect holiday table for me will be set with a tablecloth in an almost rose smoke color called Acorn Contour (from BBJ Linens) around $33.00. Next I’ll add pink flambe’ handmade fabric runners. Each mat will drape across the table and serve as individual placements (so you’ll only need one runner for every two guests.) Pick up fabric at a discount online, at Hobby Lobby or any fabric store and make these simple runners yourself.
For an over-the-top tablescape, I’ve chosen Biltmore Inspirations’ Lotus Leaf Platters to serve as the charger plates for each place setting. Because these platters are so big, bold and beautiful, I won’t be removing them before serving dinner, even though etiquette books dictate otherwise. Each gorgeous platter measures 12″L x 18″W x 2.5″H and retails for $69.98/each. With six to eight of these on the table, this will make a dramatic statement.
On top of each charger, guests will find a brightly colored braided fuchsia placemat with wavy design. Each mat measures 15″ in diameter. Found online at Gifted Solution (4 for $16.00).
For serving dishes, I’ve incorporated Biltmore Inspiration’s Pisgah Baking Dishes. The color of these dishes resemble the soft smoky teal-green Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina, the corporate home to both the Biltmore Estate and it’s newest division, Biltmore Inspirations. The single large baking dish measures 11.25″Dia. x 2.75″H and serves as the dinner plate ($35.98). The smaller baking dish 10″ Dia x. 2.25″ will be used for any first courses ($45.98 set of two that includes a 8.5″Dia x 2″H dish). Perfect for serving soup or salad.
Each of the Pisgah Baking Dishes are separated by an eggplant colored linen napkin that measures 21″ x 21″ at $10.00/each. This one’s called malbec from Linoto. A great color for dabbing those Cabernet wine stains off your lips between courses.
I envision the table to be decorated with similar colored fresh farmer’s market produce. Purple cabbage, purple potatoes, dark kale, Chinese eggplant, asparagus, and leafy green Brussels sprouts should be ideal.
Other decorative centerpiece details include Biltmore’s new Pisgah Canisters ($59.98 for set of two). Same beautiful blue-green color as the baking dishes. The large measures 4.5″Dia x 13.125″H, and medium 5″Dia x 8.625″H).
Centered on the table are Biltmore’s French Market Flower Buckets $99.98 set of two (large 8″Dia. at top x 6″ Dia. at bottom x 18″ H. and medium 7″Dia. at top x 4.5″ Dia at bottom x 14″H) filled with silk hydrangeas, chrysanthemums, and other favorite flowers and greenery.
A pair of Biltmore’s Courtyard Lanterns (large 5.75″W x 5.75″D x 13″H $42.98 and small 4″W x 3.5″D x 8″H set of two for $32.98) holding mulberry colored pillar candles completes the tablescape.
Ideally, guests this season will include precious little friends wearing matching velvet dresses and jackets and deep eggplant colored bows in their hair like this one.
The finished table setting should bring lots of ooh’s and ah’s to this year’s festivities. What do you think?
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