Under less adept direction the largely pink and green collection featuring botanical and trellis prints might have been saccharine, but Irving successfully modernized the classic motifs (doesn’t the peony plate remind you of a Irving Penn photograph?) and interspersed pieces with a more global flair (love these linens!)
With all the talk about Kimye’s weekend nuptials in Florence, I was reminded of an equally publicized (albeit arguably more chic) event, Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball.
Still enjoying his meteoric rise to fame after the success of In Cold Blood, Capote decided to throw a lavish masquerade fête to be held in honor of Katharine Graham (then owner ofThe Washington Post) in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel.
Invitations were coveted and if you weren’t invited you simply left town. Attended by his famed swans–Lee Radziwell, Gloria Guinness, Babe Paley, and C.Z Guest to name a few–on November 28th, 1966 everyone who was anyone was at the Plaza.
Halston and Kenneth Jay Lane crafted fanciful masks for the attendees and the media fueled the frenzy by covering every last detail leading up to the event. Sound familiar?
Spending a ton of money on table linens is something I’ve never been able to wrap my head around. Maybe it’s because I have the grace of a toddler, but while I love the idea of beautifully monogrammed linens, I also know that odds are they’ll end up with a big old dollop of ketchup spilled on them.
World Market is one of my not-so-secret sources for inexpensive table linens. I’ve always been impressed with their selection of solids, but they’re really killing it this season with a collection of blue and white napkins (shown above) and coordinating reversible placemats.
You can never go wrong with a blue and white tablescape, and the boho options above would provide the perfect juxtaposition to a more traditional pattern like Blue Willow. I just spotted these Isnik plates and if I weren’t already in trouble for hoarding one too many sets of dinnerware, I think they’d be the perfect thing for an Easter brunch.
Check out a few of my other blue and white favorites below…
When my sister and I were growing up, two of our chores were to set and clear the table. Unsurprisingly, setting the table was always my preferred task (andI still hate loading the dish washer). Well, it’s November, so that means it’s almost time for the ultimate day of table setting: Thanksgiving.
This year I’m all about warm, woodsy accents glammed up with gold flatware and a healthy dose of blue and white for tradition’s sake. I got so excited when I recently unearthed these feather napkins I bought last year (last seen here). The pattern is just too good. I think they’d be especially great with these faux bois plates.
I’ll let you in on another secret as you’re getting prepped for the feast: World Market. I had never been to one prior to moving to DC, but they are fantastic for stocking up on entertaining basics like these hemstitch linens, or these extra large serving platters (I served our turkey on this exact one a few years ago).
I’m headed home to the Cape for the holiday so I won’t be in charge this year, but I’d love to know what your planning for your table if you’re hosting!
I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting to share this invitation with you! Next week, September 5th, I’ll be in Charlottesville, VA hosting an event with kate spade new york and InStyle. This is a pinch me moment for sure, so I hope you’ll join me for sips, snacks, and some shopping (with 20% off!) I’d really love to meet you, so if you can make it please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, September 4th.
P.S I’m planning to drive up early so if you have any recommendations for things I can’t miss while in the Charlottesville area I’d love to hear them.