"A Book Give-Away . . . "
I had the great privilege of receiving an advance copy of an amazing new book from Kathryn Crisp Greeley entitled "The Collected Tabletop, Inspirations for Creative Entertaining." A vast array of images of Kathryn's amazing table settings and inspirations for great parties and entertaining. I've pulled a few images to highlight - but, seriously, the entire book is a treasure trove of beautiful images and menu ideas - the perfect thing to get all of your creative juices flowing.
The good news - I have an extra copy to give-away to one of my lucky readers - so, just leave a comment here about one of your favourite parties - and I'll announce the winner (from a random drawing) on Monday October 17th.
(Kathryn was kind enough to send me a free copy of her book to use as the give-away)
I'd love to have my name thrown in the hat for this extra copy. I need some inspiration this Holiday Season - this sounds like just the ticket! :)
Would love to have a copy of this book. Looks fabulous!
My tennis team parties have always been my favorite. I serve heavy hors d'oeuvres and different wines.
The other memorable party was not long after that, when I was, again young and ambitious, and I double stuffed a turkey for Thanksgiving squeezing multiple family members into the living and dining room of our tiny house.
My favourite party was a small dinner party I hosted for my parents, the first time they visited our NYC apartment (my first 'proper' home). I served butternut squash chowder inside hollowed-out acorn squash 'bowls,' followed by pork loin with roasted root veggies. Simple and hearty, but a proud entertaining moment for me at the time.
Great post Scot! Cheers,
Whitney from Consider Yourself At Home
Would love this book. Loving your blog.
I am a proud reader of your fantastic blog. Need a daily dose of "Tartanscot" to feel good.
I'm about to start an interior decorating shop, and also do some home styling assignments.
So as you see, I really need some inspiration - the book longs to Sweden! The pictures make me excited already.
/ / Christopher
Oh gosh, my favorite - must it be one? I love to set the table for Christmas, the grands birthdays, a special meal, company, no company..
thanks again and good luck to all..
My favorite dinner party was hosted by my mom and aunts the night before I married my husband, a Scot. I wanted a dinner held at home, not at a restaurant. The food was absolutely fabulous. An event that set the stage for our tartan inspired wedding the next day.
PS. I so enjoy your blog!!!
Thanks for the giveaway, love love love your blog!
Would love to win!
Thanks for the give-away.
As you can see from these pics I am crazy about tabletop decorating. Love your blog!!
My favorite parties have been around family.
Just had my nieces wedding shower and yes, we had to run out for more champagne!!
Art by Karena
I love entertaining and had noticed this book on display at Rogers Gardens...love the images you've posted. I'd love to win!
My favorite party (as far as table setting) was a time when I used my (newly inherited) Grandmother's china which is cream colored with violets, I was able to make a table runner with a subtle violet pattern and had Rogers Gardens plant a cream colored planter with violets, ivy and maiden hair fern. It was lovely (if I do say so myself) and very memorable to me due to the china my Grandma left me.
P.S. Have you ever considered publishing a book of the rooms you've designed...they are usually some of my favorite rooms!
Also, I am wondering if you are on Pinterest; I'd love to follow you. I have a tartan board there:
I always think the best parties are in the company of family and friends!
Mr. Goodwill Hunting
I'm LOVING hearing about everyone's favourite parties! Keep 'em coming . . .
I'm a TABLESETTING NUT...yes, N*U*T!!! I could set a different type of table everyday, & never stop having FUN & never run thru all the pieces I have collected thru the years we lived in Europe, and in many different states here in America! My ONLY PROBLEM IS, our guests D*O need to be fed!!! Yikes!!! (THAT'S SOOOO "not important" to moi... I just like making everything beautiful & everyone happy but yes, I DO present a great meal (or so I'm told!)...
ONE of my FAVE tables was while we were living in KS. We hosted a formal dinner for four men (& their wives) w/ whom my husband hunted, & we were, & still ARE, reeeeally good friends for many years! I played w/ several settings, & finally decided upon my Spode hunting dishes as the dinner dish...then I played w/ other, NON-matchy pieces to complete the dish part... I then mixed it all w/ WONDERFUL antique antler knives from Austria, old silver, non-matching napkin ring holders, a "hunter-like" plaid for my tablecloth, Grama's monogrammed napkins (as well as several OTHER "rustic" items that looked like they belonged "in an old castle")~~~ Mixing porcelain birds, pheasant feathers, fruits n' veggies, tons of candles & a few "verrrry interesting items" on the large dinner table, using fried grasses as a foundation, really hyped everyone up, & made for SUCH a glorious, fun, relaxing evening!!! The smallish table I set up for brandy w/ coffee by the fire afterwards, had a sentimental taxidermied pheasant... the last one our beloved hunting dog had retrieved before he later died (5 years earlier, & two of the men present were there then on that hunt.
We A*L*L enjoyed it, if the Thank You notes are any indication... and, I LOVED doing it for my husband and his/our dear friends... (NOT "business" related!!!)...
Linda in AZ *
The first time I hosted a dinner party and used my ex's grandmother's hand-etched pink and clear crystal glasses coupled with the ivory, gold leaf and black patterned bone china, I saw a ghost.
It was the departed grandmother. She liked that I was enjoying and using her china via a fancy dinner party.
It was kinda scary but kinda cool. Boo!
A favorite party...years ago a dear friend's birthday party at Le Club (NYC). I was seated between two "It Boy" novelists. Great conversation, good food, divine atmosphere, delicious champagne, and music to dance to all night long.
My favorite parties (there isn't a most favorite, to be honest) were (and still are) always at my home in the country in upstate NY with good friends, great food (I cooked), and talking about horses, riding. I have accumulated a healthy collection of hunting and horse-themed items, accented with classic country linens (usually with a rich red or dark blue fabric) and associated accoutrements. The dinner menus are/were most always typical "hunt breakfast" fare - a formula I learned after attending many such occasions - a main dish entree (usually a great, hearty stew of some sort), a "starch" (rice or pasta, occasionally potatoes) and a leafy green salad. Of course, some easy to prepare tasty starters to begin and something simple but sweet for dessert, lots of good wine, and coffee or tea to finish complete the menu. It's a tried-but-true formula and always leaves guests well stuffed and happy.