An Elegant, “Dress-up” Dinner Party for 10

Welcome to the 701st Tablescape Thursday!

I have a wonderful treat for you today! Recently, I received an email from Warren about a special dinner party he and his wife Kathie hosted in their home.

Warren said, “After setting too many holiday tablescapes, I felt like I had lost my mojo and was suffering from “tablescaper’s block.” (I am in all of Susan’s talent and skill to have created over 600 tablescapes.) We had planned a special fancy dress-up dinner party for ten and I had no vision for a tablescape for the event. When Kathy spotted these gorgeous candle holders in a consignment shop, I had an inspiration–an elegant silver/gray and crystal tablescape. As a foundation for the tablescape, I used a bright white tablecloth upon which I placed a beautiful sparkling silver/gray table runner I found on Etsy.”



“I added a subtle hint of color using stemware with pale pink stems, a pair of pink Akam Turkish vases adorned with silver flowers (Michaels), and four pink Turkish compotes on which I displayed macarons especially painted and color-coordinated for this tablescape by my daughter, Jenny. The vases and compotes were from Home Goods. Incidentally, the stemware was found by Jenny in a box at their town transfer station; she thought I could use them in a tablescape–you never know where good stuff will pop up!”

Elegant Table Setting


“Silver rimmed white plates were placed on brocade silver chargers, both from Home Goods. The silver-gray Waterford napkins (Home Goods) were decorated with silver butterflies, which I had found on sale at Walmart a few years ago. The heart napkin rings (Etsy) were a nod to Valentine’s Day and added a splash of brilliant color. The centerpiece of the tablescape was comprised of three globe candleholders (HomeGoods) surrounded by tea candles, all of which were placed on a mirror.”

Waterford Napkins in Elegant Table Setting


“Further illumination was provided by silver pillar candles mounted on the crystal candle holders Kathie had purchased, and by additional tea candles place at opposite ends of the table.”

Elegant Candlelight Dinner


“Dinner started with appetizers of shrimp canapes, and toasted pita bread with acorn squash/sour cream dip. The entree was Beef Wellington accompanied by sauteed carrots slices, sauteed greens, garlic mashed potatoes, and a spinach salad. For dessert, we had three kinds of Jenny’s fancy macarons accompanied by a mixed fruit dessert. Yum!”

Beautiful Silver Gray Macarons


Thanks so much to Warren and Kathie for sharing this beautiful, elegant table setting. The menu sounded amazing and dining by candlelight is so special, especially on a cold winter’s night!

Elegant Table Setting


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  1. What a beautiful table! I’m sure their guests felt like royalty! Congrats on 701 Tablescape Parties, thank you Susan!

  2. Beautiful table! Even the cookies are stunning 🙂

  3. franki parde says

    *sigh*…I remember “those dinners” when hosting in our lovely English Tudor home…crystal chandeliers, goblets..*sigh* Alas, hubs is happier in a log cabin…*sigh* franki

  4. Jackie Allen says

    So Beautiful Warren! I am sure your guests were Wowed! The tablescape looked so elegant. It really came together. The food you served sounded delicious – Beef Wellington – I only made it once and it was a job but so yummy. Would love to see pictures of the food. The macaroons are so pretty.

    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Beautiful table, but those macarons! Wow! I would love to be a guest at this wonderful dinner party. Thanks for hosting us, Susan!

  6. What a beautiful table! I love glitz and glam. It was the perfect setting for that yummy meal. Thanks for sharing. XO- MaryJo

  7. Positively exquisite, Warren!! Thank you so much for sharing this elegant evening. Bravo!

  8. Such a lovely table, and I agree with everyone – the macarons are gorgeous. I’d almost hate to eat them! 🙂 Isn’t it great how something can spark your creativity? I think the candleholders did a fabulous job! Thanks so much for sharing, Warren, Kathie, and Susan – just beautiful!

  9. Kathleen says

    What a treat to be sitting at the table. I would not want to disturb the beautiful place setting. Stunning!

  10. Linda Palmer says

    Beautiful table with gorgeous gray table runner and crystal candle holders. I know every guest felt so very special. I would like to see the food, too! I’ve never made Beef Wellington.

  11. Warren and Kathie always have beautiful tablescapes and this one is no different! I love this tablescape. It is perfect for the middle of winter, very elegant to say the least. Love the littler touch of red in the napkin ring. The gray/white/silver tones are just beautiful along with the warmth of the candles and the mirrors. So elegant, but yet cozy-hard one to pull off but Warren did beautifully. Hugs, Brenda

  12. What an elegant table scape. I love that it all started with those unusual and beautiful candle sticks. I’d love to be invited to that dinner party.

  13. Jennifer says

    Absolutely stunning! Made me wish I was there!

  14. What a lovely table Warren and thank you for sharing and hosting as always Susan! I think its fair to say that Warren has his mojo back?!!

  15. Michele M / Finch Rest says

    Oh Susan, I know you are also “in awe” of that fabulous tablescape! WOW, Warren and Kathie’s guests must’ve felt like Royalty sitting at that gorgeous and very special table. It gives such a feeling of opulence and grace.

  16. Antoinette says

    Wow, what a stunning table scape by Warren! And the dinner sounds delicious too! His dinner guests are surely spoiled. It reminded me of Downton Abbey! Thanks for sharing.

  17. So beautiful, so elegant, I just love it! Another lovely Tablescape Thursday, thank you Warren and Susan!

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