My next decision was whether or not to use my newly acquired set of antique dishes. I had them so it would be nice to use them...but at times I felt that they were a bit limiting. As I shopped I never found a set of dishes that I thought would be a better fit for the elegant table. Gold chargers with richly colored napkins would dress up the place setting and pull it together.
I thought a series of table runners would be the best approach for the beautiful wood table that I was using. Place mats felt just too dated and one long runner would not provide enough protection for the table surface...table runners are the answer.
I think these runners are perfect...beautiful, quick, and readily available.
Very pretty and festive!
Large pear and amber glass candlesticks by Baker.
Post shopping note: dressing the plates up - not so difficult - dressing them down - very difficult.