Laurie's List | A Pared Down Tabletop Edit
Having a well stocked pantry does not always mean having cupboards overflowing with options. Usually just having the right things can create just as much magic as having many many things.
Since I just moved into a much smaller place, I had the luxury of editing down my collection to my very favorites.
The plates are large and simple. All foods look pretty on these plates. I usually don't set my table with salad plates to keep things super simple.
The patterns are gorgeous, and the pieces are heavy. They're a luxury for every day and just fancy enough for entertaining.
A mix of vintage glass adds a bit of charm to the table, and gives the look of a collection that's been built over a lifetime. I think it's charming. And I like the small size of European wine glasses - I never have to go around at the end of the night emptying half finished glasses of wine. And sometimes I use a vintage glass on my cheese board for nuts, cornichons, or olives.
I like our vintage French monogrammed napkins, but any white napkin will do. I love the simplicity, and after dinner I just toss them in the washer with some hot water and some bleach alternative.
My secret weapon to making my meal special: I have a collection of vintage silver spoons and vintage wine coasters. I use the wine coasters for small cheeses, or as appetizer or dessert plates. They're a fun surprise when your guests are expecting a small ceramic plate.
I have one very large bread board and three smaller bread boards in my kitchen. I often will serve my salad directly on the large board with some large French silver servers. Another crowd pleaser.