I love setting the table, and mix-matching cool linens with unique stone and flatware for a customized look. Patterned or graphic table linens have become a little scarce in recent years, but let's take a dive into some of my favorite clean, modern and updated uses of pattern and print on contemporary tablescapes.
Wide-set monochromatic stripes are homey and charming--they can go farmhouse or beachy. Great combos are natural finished wood, honey wood, mixed metals, olive green glass, matte flatware and natural stoneware.
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Geometric, repetitive patterns have a laid-back, casual feel and add a really playful modern addition to the table. This option could go eclectic mid-century, tropical or farmhouse depending on your style. I'd match this pattern with raw ceramic, maybe terra cotta, brass accents and, emerald glass, matte black accents, and of course, lots of greenery.
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These are some of my favorite pairings fit for a holiday party, wedding day apps, bachelorette party, date night, dinner tonight... Pairings are ordered from light to heavy.
Viogner is one of my favorite, if not absolute favorite, white wine varietals. This is also a varietal you can bet will be a crowd pleaser for entertaining. Viogner is delicious solo, but if you find it in a blend with sweeter grapes like Grenache Blanc or Chard, you're likely in for a treat. Viogner also blends happily with red varieties.
Why it works: Viognier is often floral, bright, somewhat nutty, a little "green" and full of subtle secondary flavors. Triple cream is delicate, texturally wonderful, and cuts into the acidity of the wine without adding too much salt or pungent flavor.
Chardonnay has had it's hard days in the eyes of the average consumer. When I offer Chard to guests, or even patrons in previous restaurants, I often get the typical "I don't like Chard, it's too buttery, it's too sweet, etc." as my eyes are rolling out of my head in other imaginary dimension. Chardonnay is beautiful, unfortunately, it's been under siege by mass-market options that have stripped away it's acid and made it an oily, buttery, candy-like sad wine. *rant over*
Why it works: I learned this pairing at a winery where I used to work, and it has stuck with me because it is magic. Tete De Moine is a hard, strong, nutty, buttery, rich cheese. It is best served shaved on a girol, but if you don't have a girol, use a peeler--as thin as possible. Chardonnay with a balanced amount of malolactic will blow you socks off with this cheese.
A sweet little elopement with close family & friends on a chilly Spring day in a breathtaking landscape. I need not say much else—these photos sing for themselves. This is Marisa & Andrew (and their pup!).
Photography: Natalie Puls
Location: Smith Rock State Park
Planning, Styling: Yours, Always
Floral: Bella Bloom Florals
Furniture Rentals: Set in Your Way Rentals
HMUA: Makeup by Whit
Kara is a wedding planner, coordinator and event stylist in Portland, OR, Proprietor of Yours, Always.