These historically accurate place settings from 1855 to 2005, along with their accompanying stories and menus, were created by me & theme event designer, Eda Bierman. The nine "Great Historic Places to See" were shown at the 2006 "Designs for Dining" fundraiser, held yearly in Palos Verdes Estates. You can click on any photo to zoom in to get a better look at the menus and cards.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
|Mexican Flavored Cinco de Mayo table setting details by Candace Mayeron|
|Candace Mayeron (above) re-created her table in 2010 for a photo shoot|
|Valentine place setting details in setting by Candace Mayeron|
|A Valentine themed table from Candace Mayeron (shown standing), set for the 2010 Designs for Dining Estates St. Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund event in Palos Verdes|
Saturday, November 13, 2010
|Candace Mayeron makes a gorgeous setting for a Thanksgiving table!|
|Another Asian inspired setting by Eda Bierman|
Figuring I would not run into any of the people who had set tables (they would be taking them down at 11:00 that night, & this was still early in the afternoon) I felt I was safely avoiding running into anyone who wanted to take me to task on the judging of the tables. A woman approached and asked me if I was a reporter. I explained that I was not, and told her who I was with regard to the tables. I was busted! She immediately said she had entered one of the Thanksgiving tables and that her friend had done an Asian table.
|Candace Mayeron at the table she recreated for me|
|Eda Bierman's Chanukkah table|
|Candace Mayeron' created this table for the fair. This was done without the first course in stemware, as shown in the earlier photos, so no stemware would be required on the plate, nor would the spoon to the right of the knife be necessary.|
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
|I loved this particular table because of the rich colors. The theme was "Storybook" and the book chosen was "Arabian Nights". Below is another view of the table.|
|Here is another look at the "Chicago" table, made to look like a speakeasy booth.The following photos are all of the little details that made this dining-table-as-art exceptional. It took the "Best of Show" that particular year.|
|Normally a tablescaping design should not require a hand gun, but this & the purse, along with the lipstick and "to do" list, was a wonderful and humorous touch!|
More storybook themed tables from years prior...
|"The Secret Garden" tea table. One interpretation is the purple and green floral table above and another interpretation is below.|
Tea tables were always very pretty, but themed tables for "Rock 'n Roll" or the Harley Davidson 50th Anniversary always brought out some fantastic work, such as those tables shown below.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Here are more photos of some very memorable tables. Most of these won top awards at the L.A. County Fair Tablescaping Competition, or were tables I found truly unique. The first is a setting that shows correct placement of flatware for a formal meal. This table was a bit busy, but all of the elements worked well to create a beautiful table. The first photo is of the setting, the second photo is of the stemware.
Below is the setting from another of the Safari tables. This is a simple setting, yet the foliage and flowers and the stuffed primate "focal point" in the back, made this a memorable table for me.
Check back as I will be posting more photos in the next few days....