Saturday, July 21, 2012

Dinner For Ten At Eight

Having a dinner party tonight. Squeezing ten people into our tiny dining room carved out of what probably once was a bedroom in our shotgun house. To me it's a glorified hallway, but hey, I've had dinner parties in smaller places in New York.

Alberto is making Barbecue Shrimp tonight so I thought I'd use these plates




I used a great over size paper runner - It comes on a roll and you just cut off what you need, and then throw it away at the end of the party - Perfect for messy barbecue shrimp

I placed the table on a diagonal so I could open up one leaf - The table actually has two, but the room isn't long enough to fully open up both - I use folding chairs instead of my regular dining chairs to save space


Flowers in a tureen on the "sideboard" 

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18 comments:

  1. Oh my, Valorie! That is so beautiful, and I love your plates. Do you have a source? Have a great dinner party! xo

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  2. Barbecue shrimp sounds good. I love those dishes...so perfect. And that table runner is fantastic...perfect for a dinner like this. I loved it the time Alberto taped you all fixing dinner...it was so entertaining.

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  3. What fun, and aren't you clever. Love your flower arrangement.

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  4. V,

    if my mother sees these LOBSTA' plates....
    she will go crazy!!!

    gorgeous setting.
    what a surprise. NOT!!!!

    xxx ;0

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  5. I love the dishes and I have to remember the Paper Runner ! Brilliant !
    Hope the party was a smash !

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  6. Can I come? :) Love that paper runner!!! Fabulous!

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  7. Love the Plates!! Do you have a source???

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  8. Such an inviting table! Love, love, love the plates & the runner.

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  9. Beautiful and stylish as always. Love the plates, flowers and ironstone container. One can tell a stylist lives in your house. All we need now is for you to share your recipe.

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  10. Love the table runner, it all looks fabulous! Hope you all had as much fun as the table looked!

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  11. Hi All,
    Thanks for all the comments!
    The plates were vintage when I bought them at an antiques shop somewhere in my travels, and they are possibly antique by now. They are French, and I got them for my beach house in East Hampton years ago, and have carried them with me since.
    The paper runner came from a local store, Little Miss Muffin on Harrison.
    xo xo

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  12. For she's a jolly good fella...
    http://youtu.be/X99Wf4zHTas

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  13. Loved the video. Now you really have to share the menu for that delectable looking table.

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  14. I just saw a photo of your living room on Velvet and Linen. Brooke was writing about the book Be Your Own Decorator, which you mentioned before. I got excited when I saw the photo. Too bad you don't live closer to me. I would love for us to "shop my house" and see what magic you could create for me.

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  15. You always are an inspiration. Love tight and cozy dinner parties.
    pve

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