For the Gü Puds chocolate extravaganza at my London apartment last week, we wanted the table to look as if it would for one of the supper parties I throw at home for my friends. That meant breaking out my canteens of vintage silver-plated cutlery, the piles of huge starched linen napkins, my Rosenthal bone china side plates, cut glass salts (for the Maldon), inherited silver candlesticks, as well as my glass ones, and a variety of vintage glass that I was given from my grandmother’s house when she died.
I needed place cards, as there were nine of us in total, so when I was in Paris the week before I went to Merci to look for something different to use. I found these great tagged envelopes, which I thought would work perfectly, along with neat tags to tie on to the going home present bags.
I whipped out my fountain pen, and wrote the names on the front of each tag, along with hand writing a menu on grey card for each place setting.
I thought it would be prettier to have individual flower arrangements for each place setting, that guests could take home with them afterwards, rather than one big one in the centre of the table. So, in keeping with the evening’s theme, I used Gü glass ramekins to hold each posy. (I criss-crossed each ramekin with waterproof sellotape to create a mesh to poke the flowers — ranunculus, anemones, rosemary, pink spray roses — through.) I chose pink & orange & cream flowers to match the colours of the meal — predominantly brown (the chocolate), pink (pudding) and cream (eggs, pasta, meringue).
If you’ve enjoyed the posts I’ve done on the LibertyLondonGirl for Gü Puds dinner, Gü is giving YOU the chance to win a luxury chocolate banquet for you and 5 friends, cooked and served in your own home by Gü’s lovely Head Chef Fred. He’s put together a truly decadent 10-course dinner party menu — with chocolate in every course. Just enter the draw on Gü’s Facebook page from today (27th March) for a chance to win. Do go to http://www.gupuds.com/