Item description for Perfect Tables: Tabletop Secrets, Settings And Centerpieces for Delicious Dining by Ray Main William Yeoward...
"Perfect Tables" showcases the artistry of acclaimed tabletop designer William Yeoward in setting a beautiful table. He begins with an essential section on Getting Started, so you have all the linen, china, and glass you need. Next, themed chapters from Celebrations to Informality showcase twenty-four stunning creations, covering occasions including Thanksgiving, a Summer Wedding, Halloween, and Valentine's Day, and informal settings such as a buffet supper, a girl's lunch, a child's birthday, or the perfect breakfast tray. Inspired by William's love of entertaining friends, "Perfect Tables" reveals the secrets behind his eye for detail and colour, and shows how you can find inspiration in a fabric or item you may already own. William's invaluable hints and tips include reassurance for the nervous hostess and even dealing with dining disasters! The book concludes with myriad ideas for tying napkins, arranging glasses, and laying cutlery.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Perfect Tables: Tabletop Secrets, Settings And Centerpieces for Delicious Dining?
Identifying Mar 17, 2008
I like it lots. Some interesting views on dos and don'ts in table settings, and beautiful photos. My only problem with these lovely books is that they consistently don't identify flatware, and also most china, linens, and glassware. For a serious purchaser -- and I am -- I would like to know antique sources, provenance and contemporary patterns and such.
Good job, Mr. Yeoward. As I write, I am pre-ordering your newest publication.
Gorgeous Tabletops....... Apr 12, 2007
I purchased this book for myself with an this site gift certificate. We give a lot of dinner parties and I am always fussing with the table. This beautiful book is filled with enough ideas to last the rest of my life. Even if I don't use the entire lay-out of a featured tabletop, there's at least one or two ideas that can be taken from each page and incorporated into my own design. If you love to "dress up your table," then this is the only book you might ever have to buy.
Perfect Tables Mar 29, 2007
The photographs are lavish and the styling of the book is excellent, but what I find it lacks somewhat is the practical ideas. The focus is a lot on the china and table service.
Tabletops Mar 17, 2007
This book is not what I expected. The settings were mostly the same, crystal and china. I was looking for new ideas with fabrics, flowers and other items to decorate the table for holidays and special occasions.