Meissen Porcelain

For whatever reason, I’ve been interested in Meissen pieces. While on the one hand I find them fussy and in bad taste, I can see how it would work if you over did things — in the spirit of Tony Duquette. I suppose they are rather sweet; something my grandmother would have loved no doubt, and if you cluttered a table setting with them, I think it could work. Especially in a dining room with gilt, silver, gold, anything like that. Surely not for the minimalist.

Pieces belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor…

The Table Setting

My husband and I will be co-hosting a New Year’s Eve party with several other couples next week. This will be my first time hosting anything NYE related; I have in the past usually ended up at a bar, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Beach, someone’s house, had only a few friends over, or set off fireworks with punk squatters in an alley behind Hollywood Blvd. I’m sure there have been other scenarios that I just don’t recall.

So, I’ve been looking at party and table settings for inspiration. I came across some rather nice ones I thought I’d share. Makes me wish I used my good china and crystal more (I’ve yet to ever get proper flatware).

Here’s a Tony Duquette…

If I had servants, I’d do breakfast like this…

Helena Rubenstein, a rather understated setting considering her usual tastes…

Another Duquette…

Sparse, and shabby chic a bit…

Elsie de Wolfe. Hmm, dunno about this Elsie…

A cupcakes and champagne party dessert buffet…

Something a little rustic…

A very fancy TV dinner for two…

A still from one of my favorite movies,”Vatel” about an event planner to the French aristocracy who must throw together the most spectacular “low-key weekend in the country” for the king. If you’ve ever enjoyed period costume films and like entertaining, this movie is for you…