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Presenting February 2018

Guest Designer Table

 Foodstuffs Events & Catering

With our dreary February weather, Beth Beringer, Assistant Catering Director of Foodstuffs Events & Catering, is wishing for blue skies soon.
Her Guest Designer Table has certainly brightened our showroom with all the Turquoise Shantung napkins and Blue Sevres dinnerware!    
Beth sees the vintage trend continuing and therefore based her design on our extremely popular Aged Farm Wood Table. Instead of using rustic accents, the trend is to use upscale touches and lots of mix and match. She mixed our    Cross-Back Weathered chair with our Dark-Washed Distressed Tuscan chair, not only to show a mixed composition, but by selecting dark wood chairs, she focuses our attention totally on the top of the table (doesn't hurt that she would save a bride $3.75 per chair by mixing in the less expensive Tuscan chair). 
We love that she wanted to focus her whole table on Tablescapes products and used every type of silver candlestick from our inventory (five styles), plus candelabras, with our crystal bobeches (a bobeche is the little glass collar on the candlestick originally designed to catch wax drippings).  Our candles are dripless, so the bobeches are used here to hold additional suspended glass prisms--just another layer of texture in Beth's beautiful design.
Although Beth envisioned her table for an intimate, yet dramatic dinner in someone's home, we also wanted to show how easily the look can be transferred to a fire code safe public environment. The height comes from our faux white candles with votives positioned on top, enclosing the flames, as required in public spaces. 

Beth's philosophy in dealing with brides on tight budgets is to incorporate one expensive accent--a glass, a napkin, or a special chair cushion. Here, with an unlimited budget for her tabletop, she chose gold as an accent (in addition to blue), as you see with our Topaz stemless tumbler and Contemporary Brushed Gold Flatware.  
The real surprise that pops here is the vibrant turquoise Shantung napkin presented on top of the Mini White Pedestal Stand. Guests just know that a warm, buttery Foodstuffs signature roll is going to be served as soon as they take their napkin!

The cleverly folded napkin and the mini white pedestal stand sit atop a blue Sevres B&B plate.  Aware that Tablescapes alone in the Chicago area carries B&B's in Sevres, Beth enthusiastically used them to create her delightful, innovative presentation of the napkin, followed by that scrumptious signature Foodstuffs dinner roll --anyone else salivating?! 
A full table using both ends for seating normally is too crowded to use three stemmed glasses and a B&B plate. However, since Beth wanted to use the Blue Sevres B&B plates, she merely moved them to the center of the placesetting, rather than their traditional placement at the upper left of the dinner plate.  As such, all pieces fit nicely without crowding.

Our vintage-styled Ivory with Lace Edging runner adds another layer of texture as does mixing silver centerpieces with gold flatware.

We thank Beth and the Foodstuffs team for her table creation. She wants to pass along to all that she really enjoys and gets ideas from the Facebook networking group, Caterbuzz, and hopes to talk to many of you there!
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