Eat in Style

Produced and Written by Belle Du Chene
Photos by Duane Tinkey

Traditional and Timeless
Perhaps like their parents or even grandparents, some couples prefer a traditional table setting, with fine china and crystal. Ornate place settings with dainty scrolls and motifs in silver, gold or saturated tones reflect the refined lines and graceful curves of this classically elegant look. Brand names like Waterford and Noritake are considered investments for entertaining family and friends in style.

Waterford Persage ribboned five-piece setting ($159).
Vera Wang platinum lace five-piece setting ($149).
Wedgwood baguette five-piece setting ($129).
Bernardaud Etoiles five-piece setting with red burst ($450).
Waterford Lismore glassware ($85 and up per glass).
Mary Jurek Helyx Knot napkin ring
($86 for four).
All products courtesy of Josephs Jewelers.
Floral arrangement courtesy of Boesen the Florist.

 

Classics Made Cool 
Not ready to commit to one look for the rest of your life? With a decorative punch of color, bold and graphic prints and a lower price
point, these sleek, modern looks add a twist to an otherwise conservative and classic style. Fashion-conscious couples look for lines from Wedgwood, Vera Wang, Kate Spade New York and Donna Karan Lenox to create a color palette with more excitement. And the best part? Most of these sets are dishwasher-safe and durable enough for everyday use.

Wedgwood Renaissance Gold five-piece setting ($149.99).
Wedgwood Renaissance Gold accent salad plate ($49.99).
Marchesa by Lenox Imperial Caviar Gold five-piece flatware ($89.99).
Lenox Eternal Gold lead crystal glasses ($24.99-$27.99).
Wamsutta stain-resistant napkins in white ($12.99 per pair).
Beaded gold napkin ring ($2.99).
All products courtesy of Bed Bath
& Beyond.
Floral arrangement courtesy of Boesen the Florist.

 

New and Nostalgic
For some couples, treasured family heirlooms dictate dinner table style choices. Often, though, inherited place settings are damaged or missing a tea cup or two. The answer for an incomplete set is to mix in additional, more modern pieces to create an aesthetic all your own. A cohesive color palette and creative pattern blending tie together each look.

Anna Weatherley fine china ($99-$300 per piece).
Sabre five-piece flatware set ($99).
All new and vintage china courtesy of Teresa Adams-Tomka, co-owner of Kitchen Collage.

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