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SETTING THE TABLE WITH STYLE

LEARN HOW TO SET THE STAGE FOR SPECIAL-OCCASION MEALS BY CREATING BEAUTIFUL TABLE SETTINGS WITH FLAIR AND PANACHE. BY CHOOSING A THEME AND FEATURING EXQUISITE OR UNUSUAL CHINA, SILVER, AND CRYSTAL, YOU CAN SET THE PERFECT TABLE FOR ANY OCCASION, WHETHER IT IS A SIT-DOWN DINNER FOR A FEW GUESTS OR A BUFFET FOR MANY, A BRIDAL OR BABY SHOWER, HOLIDAY DINNER WITH FAMILY, OR AN AL FRESCO PARTY AT THE BEACH.

DOZENS OF IDEAS FOR PERSONALIZED TABLE COVERINGS, MENUS, PLACE CARDS, SILVERWARE, NAPKINS, NAPKIN RINGS, AND CENTERPIECES ARE JUST SOME OF THE INSPIRATION YOU WILL FIND IN THIS LIVELY, BEAUTIFULLY PHOTOGRAPHED COLLECTION. THE BOOK ALSO INCLUDES TIPS AND HINTS ON INVITATIONS, SEATING OF GUESTS, AND UP-TO-DATE RULES OF ETIQUETTE, AS WELL AS A LIST OF RESOURCES FOR FINDING THE PERFECT ITEMS TO CREATE YOUR TABLE SETTING, WHETHER YOU WANT TO RENT OR BUY AND WHETHER YOU'RE DESIGNING AN INTIMATE SETTING WITH A FEW CLOSE FRIENDS OR A TABLE FOR MORE THAN A HUNDRED GUESTS.

TABLESCAPES: SETTING THE TABLE WITH STYLE WILL INSPIRE HOSTESSES OF ALL AGES, FROM EXPERIENCED PARTY-GIVERS TO STYLE SETTERS OF A NEW GENERATION. "

EARN HOW TO SET THE STAGE FOR SPECIAL-OCCASION MEALS BY CREATING BEAUTIFUL TABLE SETTINGS WITH FLAIR AND PANACHE. BY CHOOSING A THEME AND FEATURING EXQUISITE OR UNUSUAL CHINA, SILVER, AND CRYSTAL, YOU CAN SET THE PERFECT TABLE FOR ANY OCCASION, WHETHER IT IS A SIT-DOWN DINNER FOR A FEW GUESTS OR A BUFFET FOR MANY, A BRIDAL OR BABY SHOWER, HOLIDAY DINNER WITH FAMILY, OR AN AL FRESCO PARTY AT THE BEACH.

DOZENS OF IDEAS FOR PERSONALIZED TABLE COVERINGS, MENUS, PLACE CARDS, SILVERWARE, NAPKINS, NAPKIN RINGS, AND CENTERPIECES ARE JUST SOME OF THE INSPIRATION YOU WILL FIND IN THIS LIVELY, BEAUTIFULLY PHOTOGRAPHED COLLECTION. THE BOOK ALSO INCLUDES TIPS AND HINTS ON INVITATIONS, SEATING OF GUESTS, AND UP-TO-DATE RULES OF ETIQUETTE, AS WELL AS A LIST OF RESOURCES FOR FINDING THE PERFECT ITEMS TO CREATE YOUR TABLE SETTING, WHETHER YOU WANT TO RENT OR BUY AND WHETHER YOU'RE DESIGNING AN INTIMATE SETTING WITH A FEW CLOSE FRIENDS OR A TABLE FOR MORE THAN A HUNDRED GUESTS.

TABLESCAPES: SETTING THE TABLE WITH STYLE WILL INSPIRE HOSTESSES OF ALL AGES, FROM EXPERIENCED PARTY-GIVERS TO STYLE SETTERS OF A NEW GENERATION. "

About the Author

Kimberly Schlegel is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an Honors degree in Art History. In 1999, Kimberly started a company, RSVP - Soiree Party Rentals, that advises others when planning the most important events in their young adult lives. Kimberly has traveled extensively, visiting such exotic locales as Turkey, Bali, Hong Kong, Italy, and Greece often providing her with inspiration for her events. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (August 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423603656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423603658
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a talent for making the ordinary extraordinary Kimberly Schlegel Whitman has taken her original and clever take on parties and created an entrepreneurial empire. While planning her own Idlewild Debutante Ball in Dallas, Texas, Kimberly found an undiscovered opportunity--a lack of quality goods for party rentals. In 1998, a quick thinking Kimberly launched her own event company, RSVP Soiree Luxury Event Rentals, and, after building up a wonderful business, she sold it in 2006. She also took the century old RSVP Social Calendar online in 1999 and continues to maintain this comprehensive list of Dallas' finest charitable events at www.RSVPcalendar.com. Her success in this field led to the publication of four books on entertaining, countless television appearances and a daily radio segment on Dallas' number one morning show, The Gene & Julie Show on 103.7 LITE FM. She smiles every weekday morning as co-host of Texas Living, a live lifestyle show on KTXD.
Kimberly's latest project, Tablescapes: Setting the Table with Style (Gibbs-Smith, $39.95), is a book that brings focus to adding beauty to time spent with family and friends. This book brings Kimberly's passion for setting the table to life with over thirty tablescapes that are meant to inspire. The book includes tips and hints on invitations, seating of guests, and up-to-date rules of etiquette, as well as a list of resources for finding the perfect items to create your table setting, whether you want to rent or buy and whether you're designing an intimate setting with a few close friends or a table for more than a hundred guests.
The project closest to Kimberly's heart is The Wedding Workbook: A Time Saving Guide for the Busy Bride (Gibbs-Smith, $24.95). The Wedding Workbook offers every bride-to-be a tool for staying organized while planning her big day. The workbook is designed to hold contracts and other official documents but it is also filled with beautiful places to fill out all of the information about the bride's gown, wedding party, reception site décor, ceremony flowers and much more. It is a great keepsake that can be pulled out on a future anniversary to reminisce.
Kimberly's passion for pets is evident in her entertaining book exclusively for dog lovers, Dog Parties: Entertaining Your Party Animal (Gibbs-Smith, $19.95). Dog Parties is the essential new party planning guide that offers entertaining ideas for throwing any posh pup a fabulous soiree. From a birthday party to a "Howl-o-ween" party to an afternoon art gallery opening, Dog Parties offers great tips for planning and executing every detail of a party for your pooch.
Kimberly's first book, The Pleasure of Your Company: Entertaining in High Style (Gibbs-Smith, $34.95) remains high on every hostess's list of party resources. It is filled with tips and photographs from over thirty events from across the country. Kimberly shares not only her own ideas for entertaining but also features tips from her favorite hosting mentors. From a gala evening to an intimate seated dinner, the book is a never-ending source of inspiration.
Kimberly and her flourishing business have been featured in national publications such as Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, Town & Country, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Businessweek, Traditional Home, Canadian House and Home, Animal Fair, Southern Lady, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, Martha Stewart's Blueprint, Doggie Aficionado, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many more. She has been featured in the books, "Texas Women" and "Texans and Their Pets." Kimberly has been coroneted and "Entertaining Expert," a "Style Expert," an "Etiquette Expert," and an "Arbiter of Taste and Style" on the following television programs: The Early Show, The Tyra Banks Show, Fine Living and HGTV, WB in the Morning, Designing American, Designing Texas, Good Morning Texas, Good Day Dallas, NBC's iVillage Live and was a featured event planner on the Style Network's hit show "Whose Wedding is it Anyway?"
Kimberly is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an Honors degree in Art History. Her community involvements are numerous and include: Christie's Education Program in New York City, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Debutante, Idlewild Debutante and The National Debutante Cotillion. Kimberly donates her time to many charitable organizations including the Alzheimer's Association, The Salvation Army, The Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross, The President's Council of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, The Advisory Board of the Brinker International Forum, Best Buddies, and was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award by the American Heart Association. Kimberly resides in Dallas, Texas with her real estate developer husband, Justin, their son, JR, and their Chihuahua, Lola.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Bethany Malouf on January 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have many many books on similar topics and recieved this one as a gift for Christmas this past year and after cracking it open, I REFUSED to put it down! The text is lovely and draws you into the moments in each party or luncheon featured, but more than that, I found the photographs and the ideas for each party were divine. I have already begun planning my next few parties and plan to do a version of her family tree dinner from her parents anniversary dinner. This book is beautifully written and even just beautiful to allow your mind to wander through the pages. A MUST HAVE!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 1, 2011
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This is a beautiful book of ideas for table settings for any occasion from the usual holidays to engagement, anniversary, and baby shower parties; casual brunches to formal dinners. The color photos are gorgeous and show dozens of ideas for decorating a table for entertaining whether it be for an intimate gathering or a large dinner party, indoors or outside. Some ideas are simple yet sophisticated with a single bouquet of flowers to show off beautiful china. Others are elaborate and sometimes surprising such as the one that features dressed manequins posed in the middle of a large table.

While this is mostly a book of pictures that shows the overall effect of tablesettings as well as the smaller details, the author does include tips and advice throughout. I especially appreciated that she writes on the topic of manners and etiquette because those things never are out of style and are appropriate for every occasion. Also included are tips on invitations, seating of guests, and the common rules of etiquette for dinner parties.

Many of the ideas in this book are more formal than I personally would use, but they still inspire me to try creative table settings that fit with my personality and entertaining style. This would be a wonderful gift for a newlywed or anyone who enjoys entertaining.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solictited nor was a positive review required.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict on September 1, 2010
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Whereas the author's previous book "The Pleasure of Your Company' may be over the top and seem a bit impossible for the average hostess, this book is more realistic. It's chocked full of ideas for tablesettings for a wide variety of occassions, settings and budgets. It also has the personal touch in that many of the tablesettings were planned for family events or parties honoring close friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Sanfilippo on September 9, 2012
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This is a great book with innovative ideas for a beautiful table and entertaining with flair. It was given as a gift to my niece and she loved it, it inspired her to make a table with holiday themes and go the extra mile when she entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Plowman on August 25, 2011
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This is a lovely book, arrived a bit dog eared which was a shame, luckily it was not a gift, it was for me!
The table settings in here are beautiful, but none for most of us who only have white china, I think I was looking for more centerpiece ideas as I don't have all the different plates and cutlery shown in here. To be honest, I have not read all the text yet, so that might give me some more ideas. I'll update the review later.
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Book was supposed to be in new condition but cover was discolored and looked like it had a splash or spill on it. There was a note included that said if I was not satisfied I could retuen the book but it was ordered for a gift and i would not have had the time to get another to replace it so I just kept it. I would not use this seller again. I should have been notified of the imperfection before shipping. Email is quick and easy, no excuse for not letting me know.
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