This past weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting a Dinner Series event at Hi-Rise Bread Company. Their team cleared out the bakery, and we had a lovely entertaining space at our disposal. Rene, the owner and chef at Hi-Rise, planned and prepared the menu, and guests were invited to enjoy an evening of delicious good, plentiful wine, and general merriment. Weeks before the event was held, the team at Didriks got to work planning this stunning table setting, a spring-based theme that incorporated a several new products, loads of color, and an air of rustic whimsy that suited the space and the meal so perfectly.
We left the table mostly bare, to let the lovely rustic wood look come through. To dress it up just slightly, we placed two Chilewich Lattice Table Runners in Mica down the center of the table, which added just enough color and texture to the long, narrow table.
Each of the 14 place settings was comprised of three Heath Ceramics Coupe collection pieces - shown here, the Coupe Dinner Plate in Redwood, and the Coupe Salad Plate in Fawn/Cocoa. We also featured the Coupe Pasta Bowl in Mist/Linen, which we held in the kitchen for serving the first course (menu images coming in the second recap post!). The napkins we chose - new Libeco Home Lisbon Napkins - brought a lot of color and life to the table as well. You can't help but feel cheerful when you look at them!
We also featured an assortment of Heath Ceramics vases in new 2013 colors, including Lemongrass, Tangerine and Indigo. Above you can see the Heath Ceramics Bud Vase in Aqua, and the Heath Ceramics Bulb Vase in Indigo. Below, a Heath Ceramics Bud Vase in tangerine. We also had two Heath Ceramics Single-Stem Vases, in Tangerine and Indigo, set along the center of the table.
Hallie from Hallie's Flower Garden, another great Observatory Hill business, arranged the flowers for this event. We gave her little direction - just asked her to do something fresh and springy utilizing white flowers, and what she came up with was positively stunning! The perfect accoutrements for this table setting.
For the flatware, we chose another new collection, the Alessi Nuovo Milano Flatware, with a table fork, dessert fork, table knife and table spoon. This collection also includes a teaspoon, which we chose to omit since it wasn't necessary for the evening's menu.
The Didriks store manager Melissa came up with this crafty idea to use iittala Vitriini Boxes as place card holders. We used an assortment of different colored boxes, including a new salmon pink that was introduced this year, and also a new cork box.
As mentioned earlier, we used two Heath Ceramics Single-Stem Vases, one of which you can see below in Indigo.
Since we knew that the dinner had multiple courses, each with different wine pairings, we chose a wine glass that would be suitable to take us through each course without having to change it out. That wine glass was the Simon Pearce Hampton Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio Glass, which has a real classic look, and feels wonderful in your hands. Simon Pearce glassware tends to be heavier than traditional, more delicate stemware, which fit this setting perfectly.
The water glass we chose was the Schott Zwiesel Basic Bar Softdrink Glass, another simple classic, with thin, straight sides.
Along the center of the table, we placed a couple of water pitchers with lemon, so guests could stay hydrated - in style of course! Pictured here is the Simon Pearce Ascutney Straight Glass Cocktail Pitcher, a visually stunning yet practical pitcher, perfect for both indoor and outdoor dining alike.
To add some light to the table, we chose to feature the Orrefors Lightstone Votive set of 3, which you can see in the picture below. None two of the votives are the same shape, giving the collection a fun mismatched feel. They paired wonderfully with all of the rest of the glassware and dinnerware we chose.
Overall, the table setting set the perfect tone for the evening. The wide variety of different brands, product lines, shapes sizes and colors worked together to create a picture perfect springtime dinner setting. The meal we served on this table was even more impressive, so be sure to check back for the menu recap sometime next week!