|A table setting by my mother.|
I celebrated my birthday last month at my parents’ house in Virginia and my mother was kind enough to set a beautiful—and impromptu—dinner table. I like to joke that I am missing the decorating gene but I certainly appreciate the art of the table and the work involved in bringing all the lovely pieces together in harmony. My mother asked me what I wanted the table to look like and I just said gold and glamorous. I can’t help it. By time August rolls around every year I want everything to look like a gold sequin. It must be the summer heat.
|I love these glittering gold candles...|
|...and the red and gold candle holders! Both are by MacKenzie-Childs.|
|I do adore a bit of tulle.|
|Spoon in the prosecco to keep it bubbly. I learned that from Dorie Greenspan.|
My mother set the table with her very pretty Noritake china in the Miyoshi pattern and Lenox etched crystal wine glasses, in a pattern called Navarre. I loved the colors of these Alstroemerias and of course no birthday dinner is complete without prosecco! We picked up a bottle of one of my favorites, Lamarca. I don’t know if the ol’ trick of putting a silver spoon inside the bottle actually does extend the life of the bubbles, but I learned this tip from none other than Dorie Greenspan, who noticed Paris waiters did the same with opened bottles of champagne in restaurants. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me!
I don’t own any china at all and have a limited collection of crystal wine glasses so the opportunity to share in the beauty of these wonderful pieces of tableware felt like such a treat. They add to the pleasure of sharing a meal with family!
|I am also crazy for chandeliers!|
|The back and front cover of Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table.|
My mother recently told me of a book she learned will be published in October, Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table. It looks like a stunning (and gigantic!) book, based on the pictures available for view at Amazon. It also reminds me of what Oprah once said on her show about the couturier: “Nobody lives like Valentino.” He loves a fancy table as much as my mother does (me too, for that matter). Isn’t this setting gorgeous?
|I especially love the green rims of these glasses.|
|At Valentino’s Swiss ski chalet in Gstaad!|
Valentino is also famously a fan of pugs. I believe he owns five, although it was six at one time. I love a pug myself so it was nice to have this crazy dog in attendance at my birthday dinner:
|Valentino and I both love pugs.|
His name is Stewie and he belongs to my brother and his wife and is constantly in trouble, which is why I like him so much. Also, he has the longest legs I have ever seen on a pug. I tell my brother all the time he should make Stewie a dog model!
Do you like pugs or fancy table settings? Do you own china or crystal wine glasses? Do you use them often or for special occasions only? Tell me everything!