When your love
for the Opera turns into a post-performance dessert party, you'll
want to create an intimate setting. Like the Opera, the look you
should be aiming for is opulent and regal. The idea is to continue
the beautiful feeling that you and your guests have experienced
your own or whether it's rented a 48" round table is a perfect
foundation for accommodating your guests. Cover the table with
a rich fabric such as mustard-coloured velvet. Try to go with
an oversized cover, so that when you drape it over your table
it puddles on the floor. An overlay of black lace allows the undercloth
to show through. Reminiscent of "Carmen", the black
lace is wonderfully dramatic. Trim down the lace by cutting into
the pattern all the way along the edge. It will give the sides
of the table a nice detail.
When you invite
your guests to "have a seat", of course you want them
to find the idea appealing. For the inviting Opera look, ballroom
chairs are perfect, especially if you add a swag to them. Thread
wreaths of green leaves through them with red ribbon and red roses
and then hang the swags on the backs of the chairs.
the focal point on a table is the flowers, and when you're doing
a small setting like this, you should set the tone with a nice
centrepiece. A wide, shallow vase is great, as it allows you to
crisscross the stems of your flowers, such as our golden yellow
roses. As well, a second floral element such as small silver vases
filled with Glorioso flowers go really nicely in front of each
the Opera theme, try to choose a china service which has a Roman/Greek-inspired
look such as Rosenthal's "Medusa", designed by the late
Gianni Versace. We actually chose our table colours based on this
beautiful china. Place the tiny plates on top of larger show plates
and just imagine how appealing the chocolate mousse will look.
Use matching cups and saucers for cappuccinos and flatware along
the lines of our bronzeware. Black linen oversized napkins tied
up with complementary ribbons work well placed across the plates.
candles scattered around the table and candelabras standing off
to the side are a necessity. Why so much candlelight? To show
off your crystal, of course! Greet your guests with crystal champagne
flutes filled with bubbly and fresh raspberries. Set down crystal
dessert wine glasses to complete the look.
enhancements that can also work as giveaways are dramatic black
and red lace fans. Place them to the side of each plate and your
guests can leave with a souvenir of the evening.
Have you started
to get a sense of how deluxe your Opera table will be? You can
rest assured that it will be at least as beautiful as the evening's