I really enjoy hosting small, rustic chic luncheons at the shop on the weekends for my clients, both those from the city and nearby. It’s usually 2 to 6 people at a time and we greatly enjoy each other’s company. I am planning another small gathering on Saturday and set the shop’s long Swedish dining table for this midwinter’s luncheon.
I like to keep the table settings simple but elegant. I have a real weakness for heavy and gaudy silver cutlery and I use it freely. But I temper it by keeping everything else very, very simple. An excellent guideline is “plain china, fancy silver” or “plain silver, fancy china”, but never “fancy silver, fancy china.” As I generally prefer the former, I folded the simple, hemstitched linen napkins, tied them using strands of rafia and then laid them on top of the plain hexagonal china. I finished the place settings by using silver julep cups alongside antique French stemwear that’s light as a feather. As an aside, a little wine at a rustic chic luncheon is a great aid to a satisfying gustatory (and shopping) experience.
Keeping with the mostly white, silver and grey theme, I filled the antique urns with bare birch branches and pine cones to add height and texture. There’s no need to spend a truckload of cash on ephemeral flowers when readily available and seasonal items can be gathered and used with just a bit of imagination. A couple of lush, brimming pots of baby’s tears (also named, appropriately, “mind-your-own-business”) in humble terra cotta brings a touch of understated color to this rustic chic table setting.
All photos by Joel Woodard