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The Tabouret Chair, Vera Wang’s Choice of Seating!

13 Nov

Of course you recognize this famous and one of my favorite designers, Vera Wang.   This is a photo of her right before her guests arrived for a dinner party she was hosting a few years ago.

Here is Vera Wang is in her beautiful evening gown, which lets you know it’s a dinner party where she is totally in agreement with the style , simply Vera.  Planning you next dinner party, use your imagination!  Know that there is nothing etched in stone!

I just wanted to bring your attention to the background of the photo, it is very simple.  Many of you may think that dinner parties are over the top, however they are often not.  It’s about having family and friends in a setting to enjoy one another and what’s the best way to do this?  It’s over a meal!

You can do this!  Say if you are hosting a dinner party and require additional seating.  In the photo; the white leather banquette was not enough for the number of guests.  So for extra seating, white tabouret style chairs were used!

The dinnerware and place settings are white, clear crystal stemware , votive candles and simple short cut flowers in vases – placed on the table throughout (very relaxing).

Yes!  You can bring outdoor seating inside!  It’s your party….you can do anything you want!  The white tabouret chairs are stackable,  easy to move and also sturdy!

Here is the tabouret chair, pictured here in silver metal!  For those maybe wondering why the chair is called a tabouret.

Acquired a more specialized meaning in 17th century France at the court of Louis XIV in Versailles.  Sitting in the presence of the royal family was a much coveted honor and the tabouret was the way to do it.

The court tabouret was an elaborate, upholstered stool with curved wooden legs and tassels, carried by a liveried and wigged servant. The duchess was automatically granted the honor of sitting in front of the queen.

In fact, history indicates this stool became such a symbol of privilege that when Louis XIV’s mother, the Regent Anne of Austria granted the tabouret to two non-duchesses, such a storm of protest was raised that she had to revoke them!

So if you decide to use these chairs, their French and your guests will be  privileged!! 🙂






Ralph Lauren’s Dinnerware with Style: Ethan Herringbone!

1 Nov

Richard, from New York City asked,

 I’m having a small dinner party and want a change from the typical white dinner plate, you have any suggestions? And no flowers or gold patterns, so you know…I don’t like them!”

I sure do!  Ralph Lauren has dinnerware named Ethan Herringbone.  It’s a bold, yet a unique herringbone pattern.  Looking at the plate, it would appear its a plate and a charger; but it’s not!  The matching cups, salad plates and bowls compliment the design rather nicely!

What’s so wonderful about the pattern design, you can think of it as a suit, where you are looking for a shirt, cufflinks  and tie; to compliment!  However, in this case it will be napkins, stemware and a beautiful entrée!   Click this url, the dinnerware pieces are on part of a private home limited time sale:  http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3195351

And also Kohl’s has some great selections for napkins and napkin rings too!  See no floral or gold patterns!  I hope I’ve given you some ideas!   Wishing your dinner party a success and most of all have fun!  🙂

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Pictures Courtesy of Ralph Lauren Media LLC

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