Tuesday, October 25, 2011

RE-ceiving Guests: Red Toile & a Monogram Rose Arrangement

Reba's Red Toile Tablescape
Do you love toile?  My sister and co-blogger, Reba, and I definitely do.  When Reba recently hosted a bridal luncheon, she chose a romantic red and white toile setting for the tables.  As I discuss below, this setting would also work well for St. Valentine's Day or with some modifications, it could work for Christmas.  For the bridal shower table, Reba found the red toile tablecloths at Tuesday Morning. She has been collecting the complementary Spode red transferware china for awhile.  The red goblets were picked up years ago at  a Pier 1 after-Christmas sale.  She bought all the ones locally and asked me to buy the ones here in my area.  She used her wedding silver, Towle Old Master, and silver napkin rings.  The centerpieces were crystal vases filled with red and white roses.  The white roses formed the letter "S" in the middle of the red roses to represent the honoree's first initial.   For dessert, Reba ordered cakes from a local baker that were frosted white with the honoree's monogram in red and placed these in the middle of the salad plate at each setting.  Above each setting, a similar heart-shaped monogrammed cookie was placed as each guest's favor. To extend the romantic theme, Reba placed crystal bird figurines that she had around the house as "love birds" beside the rose centerpiece. 


The monogram floral arrangement

Using an edible treat as table decor combines beauty and function


Reba said she got the inspiration for the individual table setting cakes from a picture in "A Passion for Parties" by Carolyne Roehm.  I love the cover art.  I may need to pick up a copy. 



http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Parties-Carolyne-Roehm/dp/0767925238/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320211933&sr=8-1

The red toile setting reminded me of a March 2002 cover of "Romantic Homes" magazine I saved.  Red and white toile is perfect for a St. Valentine's Day celebration. Simply use the white roses to form a heart shape inside the red roses instead of the "S" above or you could use a mostly edible centerpiece like Romantic Homes did.  They placed sorbet-filled glass cups on a tiered cake plate with roses so part of the meal was used for the tablescape -a creative way to spread your celebration budget in these tight economic times.

A table setting pleasing to all the senses.
The red and white toile also lends itself to a warm and elegant Christmas table setting.  Replace the cake with one of those inexpensive mini red velvet stockings sold around Christmas time, maybe embellish the white trim with a pretty ribbon and fill with candy canes and holly or simply tie a red ribbon on a candy cane and place at every table setting.  Candy canes could be an inexpensive and  readily available material to decorate with this color scheme. 

Source: Southern Living Magazine

Written by Eldarose

P.S. If you would like to see more of our tablescapes, we did a end of the year Tablescape Round up HERE


Linking this post to Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll thru life.  See more tables  HERE





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22 comments:

  1. Beautiful job! Love the monogram floral arrangement- very nice! Love the red toile- she did a beautiful job and the individual cakes are adorable!

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  2. Just lovely! Red and white is so romantic and classic! Great job! New to your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a gorgeous table! The flowers are stunning -- what a delightful idea to create the monogram! The little cakes are amazing. I think I need to add A Passion for Parties to my Amazon wishlist!

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  4. Tricia,

    I think Reba did a great job with it, too. So glad you liked it. I am guessing she is going to do some variation on this for Valentine's day, but maybe not.

    I put A passion for parties on my wishlist too! lol.

    Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.

    Eldarose

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  5. Chandy,
    So glad you liked it. Thank you for your visit, your comment and for following our blog.

    We have reciprocated. Look forward to exchanging more ideas in blogland. :D

    Sincerely,
    Eldarose

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  6. Liz,

    thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I am glad you liked the setting. I thought Reba did a nice job, too.

    I think it would be great for Valentine's Day. So romantic.

    By the way, love your blog name. I visited your blog and we are following you now.

    Eldarose

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  7. I love toile-especially red and white!

    Carolyn

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  8. Beautiful table. I love toile! I do have a copy of Carolyne Roehm's book. It's wonderful. ~ Sarah

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  9. very nice! it will be perfect for the upcoming Valentines

    Ces of http://momdaughterstyle.blogspot.com/

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  10. Carolyn

    YAY for toile! It is so gorgeous, isn't it? I don't know how anyone resists it.

    I like red and white, blue, and white, pink and white, green and white, green and brown, brown and white, pink and blue....well, you get the picture.

    I saw some green and brown toile plates called famille a table at a store and I didn't get them thinking I could find them later. Nope. They are discontinued and it's been over a year and I cannot find them. Sometimes this toile addiction is frustrating.

    Anyway, thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.

    Sincerely,
    Eldarose

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  11. Thank you for linking this gorgeous post to Potpourri Friday!

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  12. WOW, this is fabulous!!! I've never seen a monogram in roses--it's spectacular!!! xo Cindy

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  13. Reba did a great job! :) I love every detail. I had to pick blue and white... but red and white is a near second!

    ~Liz

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  14. Red and white toile is a great idea for Valentine's Day. Love all the romantic ideas.

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  15. Here I am again, Eldarose, because the picture drew me in...lovely toile and red transferware. What a great table for either occasion! Thanks for sharing it--great inspiration for the rest of us! ~Zuni

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  16. Honey,

    No, thank you for hosting the link party and allowing us to share our posts.

    Eldarose

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  17. Cindy,

    I'm so glad you liked the floral arrangement. I think I am going to do a version for Valentine's Day with a heart in the middle.

    And thank you for visiting our blog, leaving a comment and following us. We really appreciate it. :D

    Eldarose

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  18. Wow! Your table is gorgeous.. I've always loved toile and your monogram rose arrangement is lovely! Thank you for sharing!

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  19. So beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  20. So lovely~ what a pretty table! Thanks for linking up at FNF! :)

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  21. SO SO Cute!! I might give this a try for my little girl's French themed birthday party!

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