Monday, June 7, 2010

Tabletops

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.

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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.

5 comments:

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 Amazon.com.

I finally have the Savannah trip posted!

Katherine

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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