Dressing for Dinner - "It’s got to be simple and comfortable because you need to see everyone’s face around the table. And it’s got to be pretty because you want them to sit there for a long time. — Liz Penn"

 Half the fun of serving The special meal you have been planning for weeks (or have pulled together at the last minute) is figuring out how to present it.
Here are three tables dressed for holiday feasts.

bby Sandweis, owner of Ivory Madisons at The Oaks mall, prepped her table for a Thanksgiving meal with the help of store manager Liz Penn. They chose an elegantly simple embossed Belgian dinnerware from Chehoma. Gold-colored chargers frame the plates, a theme that’s repeated in the gold-rimmed stemware also from Chehoma and again in the charming place card holders. The sterling silverware is from Abby’s personal collection. Autumn colors accent the centerpiece and are repeated in the linens from Saro and candles. Fresh vegetables—the artichokes and gourds—are fun additions to any table setting.

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inda Kovach recently moved her store, Seasons, from Oak Park to the new Shoppes at Westlake Village center. She carries an eclectic mix of antique and new furniture and home accessories. She dressed her holiday table with antique, handpainted Limoges china (c. 1880) from her personal collection and accented it with new red crystal stemware and pewter silverware by Arte Italica. The red chargers nicely frame her antique dinner plates. The tablecloth is a German lace with gold threads. The Santa centerpiece is by Lynn Haney.

Hanukkah tablehis charming table expresses the Hanukkah blue and silver theme with simplicity and elegance. Marlene Mamiye, who created The Jewish Hostess website, used blue placemats underneath mirrored squares and placed silver candles in blue holders on the mirrored table runner, all from IKEA. Napkins and blue and white lollypops are from West Elm. The blue stemware is part of Marlene’s personal collection; the clear glasses are from Target. Holiday-themed baked goods liven up the table. The blue dishes are from Surrey Lane in New York.

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