Setting the Tone

Entertaining at home is no small task. Presentation is everything, and before your guests take their first sips of your cocktails or indulge in their first bite of your thoughtfully crafted meals, they will first see your table setting. Make your mark with seasonal color by mixing tried-and-true designs with whimsical accents.
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The Kitchenary, 456 Heymann Blvd., building C, Lafayette
Pieces of Eight, 902 Coolidge St., Lafayette

Glam Meets Traditional

While there will be no “dashing through the snow,” in Louisiana, a traditional table setting is a dashing choice for Christmas. Luxuriant greens and reds pair beautifully with gold accents and will never go out of style. A charger plate like this one adds more texture — and glam!

Table Christmas


Taking traditional Christmas décor up a notch this year? It is easily — yet opulently — achievable with gold accents. The warm metallic exudes comfort and luxury at once.

Table setting, Pieces of Eight; Linens, Pieces of Eight; Utensils, Pieces of Eight; Decorative spheres, The Kitchenary

Run, Run Rudolph

by Philippe Calais at Pamplona

Table Christmas Drink

  • 1 ounce gin of choice
  • 1.5 ounces mulled wine
  • .75 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 0.5 teaspoon Steen’s cane syrup

Shake in a cocktail shaker, strain over ice in a Collins glass and top with Prosecco.

Roaring ’20s

We have officially entered our modern roaring ‘20s! A New Year’s Eve setting with geometric designs in black and white is an artful way to incorporate art deco style without going into Halloween territory. Cocktail glasses with added sparkle and gold ornaments nod to the lavish lifestyles depicted in “The Great Gatsby,” and the tiny daisy plate is a nod to the novel’s own Daisy Buchanan.

Table Newyears


Playful and cool, mixing prints with geometric shapes is a modern move reigned in by a sharp and understated black and white palette.

Table setting, The Kitchenary (top two plates) and Pieces of Eight (bottom plates and charger); Linens, Pieces of Eight; Utensils, Pieces of Eight; Decorative spheres, The Kitchenary

Sparkling Gardens

by AJ Gribble at Tap Room

Table Newyears Drink

  • 1 ounce Hendrick’s Orbium
  • 0.5 ounce lemon juice
  • 0.5 ounce rosewater simple syrup
  • 0.25 ounce St. Germaine

Shake with ice then strain into champagne flute, top with Prosecco. Garnish with expressed lemon peel.

Colors on Parade

Mardi Gras colors are high contrast, offering royal purples, lush greens and happy yellows to play with in your table setting. Playful yet elegantly dyed linens are a delight, as is the addition of the fleur-de-lis and mask ornaments to the table. Complete the setting with utensils with touches of gold for a regal touch.

Table Mardigras


Mardi Gras’ royal roots are evident in the holiday’s prevalence of purple. Play with color. Forget go-cups and go for sparkling crystal.

Table setting, Pieces of Eight; Linens, Pieces of Eight; Utensils, Pieces of Eight; Ornaments, Pieces of Eight

The Aviation

by Erica Espinoza at Spoonbill

Table Mardigras Drink

  • 2 ounces Bombay Sapphire
  • 1 ounce Luxardo
  • 1 ounce creme de violette
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

Shaken and served up into a coupe glass and garnished with a lemon twist.


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