I have always loved cute bowls, pots, china cups and pretty crockery. When I had my first flat near Paris, whenever someone was coming for a visit, I would give my table setting some thought, get all my favourite plates, pretty cutlery and fancy glasses out. My friends would always say I was playing tea parties. You tend to grow out of a lot of things as you become an adult.
Playing with dolls: no thanks!
Cuddling teddies: nope, thank you very much, I’m allergic to dust!
Messy play: no way, Jose!
Playing tea parties: Yes please, every time!
In fact, my children have an impressive amount of tea sets, from china ones to cute retro metal ones, to wooden ones. Friends and family who know me really well know that nothing would make me happier as a little surprise than a pretty new bowl or a few mismatched bits of cutlery. I simply stopped playing tea parties and moved on to food photography, which is basically playing tea parties for grown ups. The difference is the food is real and I get to eat it after taking lots and lots of photos of it! Boom!
For my first sponsored piece of content as a Wayfair Home Expert, I couldn’t have dreamt of a better assignment: styling a black and gold table setting, using their Viners gold cutlery together with Seltmann Weiden black and white plates.
Black and gold is such a timeless, glamorous combination. It never fails to impress. The sleek combination works beautifully for celebrations throughout the year, like special anniversaries, birthdays, an autumnal dinner party, Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
The cutlery, by Viners, is made of titanium coated stainless steel, which makes it ten times more resistant to scratching regular stainless steel. Thanks to the coating, tarnishing, corrosion and rust should not be an issue. I absolutely love the 16-piece set, with its shiny ends and matte handles.
The porcelain china plates by Seltmann Weiden, with their uneven black rim, are unique and of high quality. I will definitely be using them as props for my food photography soon. Watch this space!
Right, what comes to my mind when setting a table?
It has to be quick, simple, effective and elegant.
Because of the feel of the grandeur the gold and black tones bring to mind, I wanted my table to look dramatic, without making my table setting feel claustrophobic. I never go over the top. The food is always the star of the show for me, but a few pretty bits and bobs always help give the right impression, don’t they?
I started by getting Ivy from my garden and drying it thoroughly. I went for a crisp white tablecloth, spotless and freshly ironed. I folded the black napkins so they could hold the cutlery into place in the centre of the plates. Wine is my start ingredient here, with a lovely Côte du Rhône which beautifully complements the cheddar, strong goat’s cheese and Reblochon cheese. The champagne is ready to be served with desert.
I hope you like the table I created!
If you are after more black and gold inspiration for table settings, check these:
Adelle’s autumnal table setting at ‘H is for Home Harbinger’ looks warm and inviting.
Olivia at ‘Lust Living’ created a modern, vibrant yet cosy table setting that doesn’t require too much faff or spending a fortune.
Lotte at ‘Yes Please’ not only created a step-by-step table setting tutorial with stunning results but she also gathered a ton of fab ideas for using black and gold when setting your table.
The table setting Kate at ‘Veggie Desserts’ created immediately stood out for me. I absolutely adore everything about it: the 1920s French polishing table, the piano in the background, the crisp white napkins.
Sarah at ‘Whimsical Mumblings’ has brought the outdoors in and used pine cones to decorate her table.
I love the fab tips Annie from ‘Gold Vibes Only’ shares for styling a dinner table.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Wayfair. As always, all photos and opinions are my own.
With regards to the black and gold tabletop campaign, the only thing to note is can you please link here: instead of to the specific cutlery? The set you got sent is brand new and was meant to be up onsite by the time the campaign launched but there has been a delay from the suppliers end so it isn’t.