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What’s Your Hostess Style?

November 7th, 2012

Preppy Table Setting | Camille Styles

Jenn here, wondering how in the world we’re only 2 weeks away from Thanksgiving! While I still love my grandmother’s smoked turkey, helping her set the table as a child might be my favorite Thanksgiving memory. Formal entertaining is so rare for most of us these days, and the holidays provide a great excuse to break out the china and silver without feeling silly. Like a lot of folks, I grew up eating Thanksgiving dinner on good old Spode Celebration Turkey china. This year I thought it would be fun to dream up a few less-expected takes on the Thanksgiving table. What kind of hostess are you? An uptown-chic Nouveau Prep? A bold Bohemian? A down-to-earth Naturalist? Or dreamy Debutante? Let us know which style you like best in the comments section!

1. hot pink taper candles 2. allison avenue accent plate by kate spade new york 3. pooled gold highball glass from anthropologie 4. monogrammed napkin from the monogram studio 5. diane von furstenberg night flatware in gold 6. pink hand painted oyster plate from furbish 7. larabee road platinum collection china by kate spade new york 8. peony image found via pinterest *linen texture via skc photography

Bohemian Table Setting | Camille Styles

1. monique lhuillier waterford blush champagne coupes 2. blue lace china by mottahedeh 3. laguiole steak knives 4. moroccan lantern from surroundings home 5. tyrol horn bowl from jayson home 6. turquoise tealight holders from jayson home 7.  inscribed copper tray from terrain 8.  floral arrangement by sarah winward of honey of a thousand flowers

Rustic Modern Table Setting | Camille Styles

1. recycled coca cola bottle glassware 2. solaria stoneware from anthropologie 3. nevin flatware from anthropologie 4. gold candlesticks by ted muehling 5. white boats by judy jackson 6. creative women table cloth from lost & found 7. terrarium cactus garden from terrain

Southern Table Setting | Camille Styles

1. fleur-de-lys juice glass and helianthus goblet from anthropologie 2. lotus marble plate from jayson home, fleur-de-lys dinnerware from anthropologie and merletto antique dinner plate by arte italica 3. francis I by reed & barton sterling flatware 4. antique silver finger bowls (similar available here) 5. mary’s starry crown votive holder from wisteria 6. woodblock gold napkins from wisteria 7. magnolia image found via pinterest *linen texture via skc photography

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43 Comments under :: What’s Your Hostess Style?
  1. Amy says:

    Gosh I love them all!!!!

  2. danamcdowell says:

    There is so much I love from the bohemian, but also the debutante…maybe I’m a mix of both!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      I think I’m a mix of them as well. It’s hard to commit to one look! I go through phases. The great thing about entertaining is that your decor can take on a slightly different persona each time! I think I’ll always have some debutante in me, though. :)

  3. Amanda McArthur says:

    the bohemian evokes the perfect night of al fresco, outdoors dining and entertaining. i love the nouveau prep for a girly night. gold flatware gets me every time..

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Yes, totally agree that the nouveau prep would be perfect for a girl’s night! I think I need that oyster plate.

  4. These round-ups are so gorgeous and inspiring! I think I’m a mix between nouveau prep and debutante: they represent perfectly all the things I love!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  5. I’d say a little debutante and a little prep! Great post!

  6. coupes for sure, monogrammed linens, oyster plates and gold candlesticks – a little bit of everything for me!

  7. hannah says:

    i love the stoneware featured in “the naturalist”. beautiful!!

  8. Kristina says:

    Naturalist all the way! Such great collections!

  9. Marcela says:

    They are all gorgeous…I think I am a mix between the bohemian and the naturalist

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Cool. Seems like almost everyone is a “mix”! I’m having fun imagining what the different looks would be like combined…. Boho + naturalist would be really groovy.

  10. Yelle says:

    oooo I am totally a naturalist! Those organic shaped bowls are to die for!

  11. Ooh- fabulous post, Jennifer! Such beautiful collections and items that you included for each style. For T-Giving, I tend toward Noveau prep (I think the navy & gold Kate Spade plate is my new obsession) but I love each of the themes you listed here.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Thank you, Katie! I’ve never really been a polka-dot person but I really like how that first board came together… now I could totally see myself using the navy plate!

  12. Christine says:

    My style is definitely the bohemian, all the way! I adore those champagne coupes!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Nice! Yes, those were designed by Monique Lhuillier (the bridal designer) for Waterford crystal. They come as a pair for the bride and groom, but I thought they would be cool to incorporate into a regular place setting as well.

  13. Kirbi Knop says:

    I love this post Camille! I think I am a pretty good mesh of Bohemian and Debutante!

  14. Davon ("The Bubbleista") says:

    I am definitely Bohemian (champagne coupes, exotic florals, bone handled knives, jade green votive holders and copper tray–gah!) with a touch of Noveau Prep. The gold flatware (I have a full setting for 12 inherited from my mother) and oyster plates make my heart pitter patter!

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Wow! How special to have inherited that from your mom. Now is definitely the time to break out those gold place settings — you couldn’t be more en vogue!

  15. This was tough for me because I loved them all… but I have to say, the flowers, green votives and champagne coupes on “the bohemian” really called my name. Although I’m CRAVING the candlesticks in “the naturalist.” So gorgeous.

  16. diane smith says:

    Wow! A treat for the eyes!!!! I think I am mostly “the deb” & a touch “bohemian”. How
    fun to view them all. Loved the Moroccan lantern & exotic flowers, as well as the crown
    votives, magnolias & silver finger bowls, of course!!! Fabulous!
    D

  17. I am a dead even tie between the noveau prep and debutante…..sooo gorgeous! And am a sucker for ANYTHING monogrammed!

  18. I also love to mix and match. I think I am leaning towards the debutante though.

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      I would love to sit at a table that looked like the “debutant” board… And where the hostess had finger bowls! Little luxuries from a bygone time…

  19. Most definitely the debutante… well, with a mix of natural! Fantastic job, Jennifer :)

    • Jennifer Rose Smith says:

      Alright! I took a lot of inspiration for that look from my mom and all the great southern ladies I know back home in East Texas. They know how to entertain!

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  23. Naomi says:

    I am totally the nouveau prep with a dash of bohemian…I like to mix them up!

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