I’m finally getting back to my last Ladies Lunch table ~ Venice table setting! My tour of Italy continued to Venice, another Italian city of art, architecture and Carnivale. Venice hosts one of the biggest pre-Lent carnivals in the world.
So of course, decorated masks had to be a big part of the table. One night with lots of wine and pizza, my sister Elaine and friend Pam, helped me decorate masks. I covered a dress form with glittery black fabric then added a voluminous skirt made from netting. The we finished dressing “her” with masks and beads.
This place setting had more layers than the other two. My motto is you can’t have too many dishes on the table even if you don’t use all of them! My Venice table setting included:
- Red charger
- Silver charger
- Dinner plate with black and silver edge/rim
- Square black salad plate
- Round dessert plate with gold design
- Red soup bowl
The finishing touch was a decorated mask party favor. On the side is a small red plate under a black mug and wine and water glasses. None of the pieces are from the same set, yet they coordinate beautifully together. I’m not against matchy-matchy, but this style is way more fun!
I did the same with the napkin. No one really needs two napkins, but they sure look pretty as a pair. I always buy 12 of anything whenever I find something unique or a great bargain. Like these spoon napkin rings. I just had to have them and they’re perfect for this table.
The hall had basic stacking chairs in grey fabric, so a simple bow of black and white tulle added a bit of glam to go with the fancy masks. This idea would be a less expensive option for decorating wedding reception chairs.
I purchased the knife rests at the big flea market in Lille. I was amazed at how many people had never seen them before or didn’t even know their purpose. What a great invention. “Rest” your knife on it’s little stand to keep the table cloth clean. Brilliant idea, especially in the days when the same table cloth was used many times before washing.