Before "table talk" I want to tell you about my friend Sherry's fabulous linky party OPEN HOUSE PARTY. She so kindly featured StoneGable  home and blog this week at Open HOUSE PARTY. What a wonderful "welcome back"!!!! Please go visit Sherry at NO MINIMALIST HERE and tell her I sent you. You just might want to join in the fun!!!!! Thank you so much, Sherry!

Now let's talk about the China Orchid Tablescape...




Simple styling, fine accouterments and exotic orchids make up this classically formal table.

It just whispers elegance. Nothing flashy or frilly... understated and  refined pieces are invited 
to the China Orchid Table...



                       
The inspiration for this tablescape are these stunning Phalaenopsis Orchids. They are also known as moth orchids.

Two plants were repotted in a footed silver serving dish to become a centerpiece.




My Royal Doulton White Nile wedding china was put into service for this table.  A white tablecloth provides an achromatic background for the china.




White Nile's geometric border in quiet colors and stylized flower made me love this very unusual porcelain oh-so-many years ago. It still makes my heart flutter every time I use it.







Waterford Lizmore crystal, another wedding pattern, brings its lovely design and sparkle to the dinner party.




Snowy starched dinner napkins are fanned and held in place by an orchid napkin ring.  


                                             


I made the napkin ring from faux orchids glued to Lucite clear shower curtain rings.





Even though the silverplate flatware came from a flea market, its lovely detail is welcomed at the table.





White candles in hammered silver and glass pillars illuminate the table.  Their simple round design adds weight to the table without being fussy.


The subdued color palate of the table lets the orchid centerpiece be the star! Orchids make such a statement! They are like peals or diamonds... they go with everything!



Thanks to Loretta, Rick, Laleh and Seth for making our dinner together a wonderful and memorable time... let's do it again... soon!




THE MENU
Arugula, Shaved Parmesan And Pine Nuts In A Lemon Vinaigrette
Braised Short Ribs
Herbed Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Carrots
Key Lime Mini Desserts
look for upcoming post
Coffee
Wine



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I am participating in:
CENTERPIECE WEDNESDAY at The Style Sisters
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps On The Porch
 
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