Monday, June 7, 2010


This is the latest addition to my library.  A lovely book by Barbara Milo Ohrbach author of The Scented Room.  I like her advice to “Keep things manageable.  It’s important that you be able to cope with the planning and enjoy the meal.  Setting the table should be a pleasure and fun if you approach it sensibly.”

P6071621 It is a very beautiful book and also very practical, with many tips and how to projects.  It is packed with tablescapes using a wonderful variety of china, glassware, silver, candles, table linens and centerpieces.

P6071611 You can learn how to make a petal candle shade, leaf vase, topiary or how to frost fruits & flowers.



The flowers are not just for centerpieces.  There is a chapter on using flowers in food with a list of edible flowers and a couple of recipes.

P6071619Doesn’t that pate look lovely?  So does the punch with its circle of flowers.

P6071618I’d love to be a guest at this elegant afternoon tea.

The book includes chapters on creating centerpieces, setting tables inside and outdoors, celebrating Christmas, special occasions and more. 

It was published in 1997 and a used copy can still be found at Amazon for as little as $2.69.   This is also one of the books on that site that has the “look inside” feature, so you will be able to see many more of its gorgeous pages.


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I have wanted that book for a long time, but wouldn't pay the full price for it! Beautiful tabletops!
I'll have to check out

I finally have the Savannah trip posted!


Angela McRae said...

Oh, oh, oh! This book is just my cup of you-know-what! Thanks for the lovely review!

Disney Mummy said...

I bought this book way back in 1997 after looking through a co-workers copy. It is just as lovely to me now as it was 13 years ago.

Marilyn said...

The beautiful pictures are timeless. I would love sitting at a tea table there. A very beautiful book, one I would love.

Marlena said...

What fun - such great picutres. It's amazing the stuff one can find if one looks. Alibris is another source for cheap tea books.

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