Sparkly Dinner Setting

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm | 6 Comments


I just realized that none of the four Venetian wine glasses made it into this frame. The following photos will prove that the proper wine goblets are there. What you’re seeing here are the water tumblers.

I had real guests over last night for my first dinner party in my newly redesigned dining room. The best part about the preparations was that one of the guests was doing all the cooking, allowing me to go all “Martha Stewart” with the ambience and table setting. The key to the look was the wonderful domed putz castle purchased through Anthropologie, which I then placed on an antique glass cake stand. By setting this whole arrangement onto a silver charger, I was able to maximize illumination by placing glass votives on the charger’s level rim.

Since I have already written about the porcelain,Venetian goblets, linen, and sterling flatware, I will instead explain the reason for the crazy water glasses. They’re vintage highballs featuring turquoise and gold Persian horsemen waving mallets in a lively game of polo. Over the past twelve years, I have managed to break most of my larger Venetian goblets and lacked two to make four complete place settings of one water and one wine goblet each. And I keep forgetting to order more from the original Murano source, Vetreria Colonna Fornace. Hence the crazy fun tumblers. To see the complete table setting, click the link below.


(above) I photographed this five hours before the guests were to arrive, taking advantage of what little natural outdoor light there was.


(above) Of course it was even more sparkly at night with no outdoor light, but I just can’t multi task anymore with being a hostess while wielding a camera.


  1. Catherine Bearce
    December 23, 2013

    You are brilliant!

  2. Patsy Ann
    December 23, 2013

    Aw-shucks… Thanks, Catherine.

  3. Margaret Downs-Gamble
    December 23, 2015

    Lovely, PA,

    I always delight in your arrangements!

  4. Patsy Ann
    December 23, 2015

    Thank you, Margaret!

  5. Jane Gibbons Smith
    December 23, 2015

    Beyond luxurious, perfectly chosen everything and brilliantly arranged.

  6. Patsy Ann
    December 23, 2015

    Thank you so much, Jane!

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