I’m a big fan of using contrasts on the table for the interest and individuality it adds. Whether it’s old and new, dark and light, heavy and lightweight, this contrast is one of the aspects that makes a setting look different than everyone else’s. Today I’m mixing casual and formal in a seasonal tablescape, as it goes perfectly with the reason for this dinner.
My table is set for a very special meal in my religious tradition. Yom Kippur is the day of atonement that follows a week after the Jewish New Year. It’s a very important holiday and those who observe, fast for a full day to atone for their sins. The meal that comes at the end of this fast is called “Break Fast” and it’s typically comprised of very light foods that are gentlest on stomachs that haven’t eaten for this time. As such, the meal tends to be quite casual (such as bagels and seafood spreads), yet the holiness of the day calls for reverence and, in my interpretation, elegance. This was my inspiration in setting this table.
The plate stack embodies the mix I’m referring to, with vintage Limoges china lending pedigree, while more casual dinner plates have a farmhouse feel. The chargers are a pretty underpinning, yet they’re actually made from a durable plastic. For me the key to having them work well together is selecting a pattern on the simpler side and ensuring a color palette that is impeccably restrained.
If there’s one element that ties this tablescape together it’s the floral centerpiece of mixed hydrangeas. The woodsy tones are a nod to the fall season and the casual blooms provide another contrast with the more formal vintage repousse pitcher. (See below for the resource list.)
Sharing center stage with the floral arrangement is a moss planter topped with a glimmery mosaic pumpkin, probably not the mix you’d expect to see, as one is outdoorsy while the other decidedly glam.
The white embroidered country style napkins are dressed up by the sheer organza overlays and the crystal bracelet napkin rings.
Even the foundation of this casual formal tablescape shows the mix I’m enjoying playing with here. A white linen embroidered tablecloth lends a sense of elegant flair, yet it’s smaller than the table and tossed askew, leaving the rustic wood table peeking out beneath.
I’ve used my favorite smoky grey crystal bobeches, but put away the polished silver candlesticks and instead paired them with a more relaxed modern set.
Tossed on the table are some craft artichokes and acorns to give a pleasing hint at the season outside.
Another favorite that appears on many of my tables, these glen plaid crystal goblets are both chunky enough to work with casual, yet the cut crystal pattern can read formal, as well.
I wanted a table that would please my guests and honor this holiday, but not be too fussy for a bagel and whitefish salad. I hope the mix satisfies that goal!
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- Green chargers
- Cream dinner plate
- Crystal goblets
- White embroidered napkins
- Green sheer napkins
- Crystal napkin rings (discontinued from Pottery Barn, sometimes available on ebay)
- First Love Silver Flatware
- Silver vintage pitcher
- Metallic silver candles
- Mosaic pumpkin
- Moss planter
- Craft Artichokes
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