Four Tabletop Ideas to Try from Lela Rose
The fashion designer's new entertaining book is all about the art of the party—and we're totally inspired.
When it comes to entertaining, no two parties are ever the same. From playlists to themes, cocktails to costumes, the sky is the limit in terms of creativity. Fashion designer Lela Rose proves this sentiment true in her new book, Prêt-a-Party: Great Ideas for Good Times and Creative Entertaining, in which the maker of ladylike dresses showcases her next-level hostessing flair. Rose's epic fêtes run the gamut from a casual gingham-clad chicken fry to a spectacular silver-and-white holiday feast. The common denominator? Simple, yet impactful styling ideas that make all the difference. If you're looking for ways to step-up your game, this book needs to find its way onto your coffee table stat. We feverishly paged through and flagged four beautiful tabletops we can't wait to try ourselves.
GET CREATIVE WITH FLOWERS
We love when hosts get clever with floral arrangements—especially when they think outside the box and select a unique vessel to showcase their blooms. At Rose's rooftop Tea-Quila party (did we mention we're also suckers for punny party names?), hosted on Celerie Kemble's rooftop overlooking Central Park, silver teapots hold magenta flowers in lieu of plain glass vases.
GET CREATIVE WITH PLACE SETTINGS
At a cozy, at-home Sunday supper, Rose-shaped pieces of yarn into the initials of each invited diner. Yes, including a handwritten name card to assign seats is always a nice little detail that goes a long way, but as with everything in entertaining, going above and beyond expectations is what makes an event memorable for party-goers.
GET CREATIVE WITH LIGHTING
You know by now that the easiest and most impactful way to set the tone of a party is with strategic lighting. And we don't have to tell you that nothing is as romantic and whimsical as a candlelit dinner. But who really has a china cabinet full of candlesticks to make that happen? For Rose's Christmas party, the designer ingeniously used empty wine bottles to arrange white candles of varying heights up and down a formally set table. Bonus: the glass bottles reflect the twinkling flames, further adding to the ambiance.
GET CREATIVE WITH A THEME
When putting together a rooftop pig roast, Rose kept the tabletop exactly as it should be: rustic and simple. From the tacked-down place settings and the exposed wooden farm table to the earthy vegetables that adorn the simple white plates, every single detail feels appropriate to the established theme at hand.