The inspiration for the table setting came from an $8.00 green dish I found at a flea market. I turned the dish over and saw that it was made by Bordallo Pinheiro, a type of Majolica ceramics. I loved the rich green color and started buying them whenever I found them.
If you want a dramatic table when serving buffet style, vary the heights of the serving plates. The simplest way to do this is to use risers. (You can find a version of these at my Amazon Affiliate Store.) I fell in love with the table cloth fabric at a closeout sale at a fabric store. I bought a few yards and made my own tablecloth. In case you’re wondering, this is upholstery fabric which makes a great tablecloth. The planters are all in a similar brown / taupe tone. The orchids are all from Trader Joe’s.
If you like my table, it’s easy to recreate. Collect serving dishes in one color, planters in another and use metal risers to create drama.
Here is what’s on my table:
- Metal risers: American Metalcraft, available at my Amazon Affiliate Store.
- Green plates: Bordallo Pinheiro Majolica, available at my Amazon Affiliate Store.
- Small plates: Royal Doulton bone china, Chatsworth pattern (vintage).
- Footed serving platter for the Fig Pesto Torte: Mosser, available at my Amazon Affiliate Store.
- Lamb chop platter: Royal Doulton bone china, Chatsworth pattern (vintage).
- Invitations: Paperless Post.
- Ceramic Foo Dogs: Long Beach flea market.
- Rust colored pillar candles: Colonial Candle Company.
- Printed cocktail napkins: Caspari.
- Espresso cups for the chocolate pudding: Sur la Table. Also available at my Amazon Affiliate Store.
- Place cards: Caspari.
- Tablecloth: F&S Fabrics Close-Out Store, West Los Angeles.
- Clear fruit compote bowls: Libbey Glass.