By Kim Wadsworth
Photography by Harry Gerwien
Serving Up Style
Registry decisions can be daunting when it comes to choosing what goes on your table and what tucks into your bed. Relying on the basics–white plates, white sheets– and building up a color palate of plates, serving pieces, linens and throws offers gratifying results that never look old.
A seasonal approach to tabletop is always fun. Serve this look for breakfast or lunch, indoors or outdoors, for a refreshing pop of summer. From top: Linen tablecloth $58. Sea Turtle wooden tray $66. Carved blue whale $27. Mug $12. Starfish glass $15. Cloth napkin $9. Fish napkin ring $8. Casafina dinner plate $18. Vietri starfish plate $28. Salad plate $14. Reed & Barton “Gloucester Shell” 5-pc flatware $60. All available at 18th Century Merchant Chesapeake.
It’s the rage– a curated bar as the entertainment center for newlyweds who love to mix it up. Vintage serving tray $44. “Cocktails on Tap” $24.95. Ana candle $28. Mint julep bourbon balls $11. Vintage shaker $28. Jack Ruby Tonic $19. BitterMilk No2 $20. BitterMilk No4 $20. Wine/bottle opener (monograming available)$60. Bourbon cherries $18. Plate $10. Absinthe sugar $10. Absinthe spoon $10. Pitcher $36. Anchor stirrers $6. Sommelier wine tasting cup $16. O’Connor IPA + Sourdough Brew bread mix $12. All available at Table Seven, Norfolk.
Let the lure of pretty sheets, comfy pillows and cozy covers make your bedroom the place to luxuriate. Bone zigzag frame $36. Mongolian lamb pillow $90. Queen cotton duvet $169. Queen organic cotton bed sheets $119. Channel stitch coverlet $149. All available at West Elm, Town Center.
Breakfast in Bed
Pamper him with pretty and delicious. Rattan tray $44. Linen napkin $9. Cup $8. White plate $10. Red accent plate $10. White bowl $8. Small red accent bowl $6. Egg cup $6. Gold flatware (priced by the set). All available at West Elm, Town Center.
Please and Thank You Tea
What’s old feels new serving afternoon tea. Silver plate serving tray $96. Glass cake stand $135. “Entertaining” from Lauduree $39.95. Antique two-tiered server $225. Vintage linen cocktail napkins/4 $48. Paragon china tea set $325. Demi-tasse sterling spoons/6 $98. Sugar cup $3. Table Seven, Norfolk.
Wined and Dined
Formal dinnerware and crystal choices represent one of the first times your tastes will merge. Make your choice timeless and elegant. Thiebaut runner $84. Simon Pierce bowl $130. Brass candlestick $44. Candle $6. Kate Spade “Abingdon” 5-pc flatware $70. Lacquer charger $6.50. Raynaud “Verdures” dinner plate $159. Hosta bowl 9” $70. + 5” $35. Napkin $8. Napkin ring $6. Vietri gold wine $24. + water $24. All available at 18th Century Merchant, Chesapeake.