Every three months I try to gather a group of friends for Supper Club – remember when I posted about it back in March? This past weekend we had our second installment at the fabulous Chez Grant Gibson’s house. Friends, he is the ultimate chef! We sat down weeks in advance to discuss the menu, talked about a coursed meal that all of you would want to replicate and then started designing the table (our favorite part). Of course, Grant didn’t disappoint – the entire night was flawless. The candles were lit, we were surrounded by inspiring creative’s, oyster sliders were made and it was as if we were all transported back to Charleston and were sitting at the bar of The Ordinary (our favorite restaurant).
Let’s discuss the beautiful table. Grant wanted to mix in natural elements into the setting. The quartz candle holders and place card holders (which will both be for sale very soon in his soon to be new shop!!). Then he decided to mix in the succulents and fresh lavender from the farmers market where we bought most of the food for the meal. He also wanted to show off his stunning dining room table that he bought at a flea market in Paris a few years ago. Instead of covering it up with a tablecloth he opted for wicker place mats from Hudson Grace, added simple white plates with black and white napkins, diptique candle holders as water glasses (genius!) and vintage Greek key wine glasses, which are one of his prized possessions.
The menu was out of this world! We began the night with oyster sliders – I could’ve had ten more. We then had a chilled peach gazpacho topped with cucumber and cilantro. Hungry yet? The main course was a beautiful wild mushroom and chard risotto that melted in your mouth. And to top it off we ended the night with a fig cheesecake. It was perfection!
If you’re wondering how to make any of these don’t worry. We’ll be sharing all four recipes with you over the next few weeks. Each are simple and quite scrumptious.
Stay tuned next week for the first recipe – Oyster Slider with Sriracha Mayo.
I hope all of you get inspired to start your own Supper Club with inspiring friends.
Styling and Food by Grant Gibson | Photos by Caitlin Flemming
I am Christina Loucks Ahumada from anora grey. Caitlin, first and foremost, thank you so much for asking me to guest post on your lovely blog. I am so honored!
There is nothing lovelier that a perfectly decorated table and it can truly be done with little effort and cost. Simplicity says it best, and the repetition of shapes and color is what helps to create a consistent design. Choosing one or two style flowers, you can create impact in multiples. To add some more style, choose vases that speak towards your personal aesthetic. In this example, I chose more modern style vases, which repeats the roundness of the baubles and the color of the white amaryllis flowers. Using things you have around the house, you can create a mood or seasonal impact. Here I chose gold baubles to spread on the table to create a sparkle that is most definitely a holiday necessity in my home. This gold and circular pattern was repeated wrapping the inside of a clear vase with a vintage-find gold garland, and weaving it casually through the candles and vases. The clear vases were paired on this scape again repeating the round shapes and the sparkle of the baubles. To create height and dimension, clear glass candleholders were placed as yet another great reflective element, that I find so important in a design. To match that height, the soft natural color feathers soften all the linear lines of the candles and add a bit of interest and movement into table scape.
To find some of the items you see in this tablescape has a look here:
* candle holders – CB2
* white vases – west elm
* gold baubles – Target
* gold garland – vintage find but you can find something similar here.
* feathers - save on crafts
Thanks again for having me as a guest. I hope this helps to inspire your table design this holiday.
Sitting down to write this post, I can’t begin to think of what to write – my mind is completely blank. When the final version of my 7×7 Magazine feature landed in my inbox, I gasped for air, my jaw dropped to the ground and I may have been bouncing up and down at my desk. Coming up with the overall tabletop design and every single detail was so much fun. I enjoyed every minute of it – from finding family heirlooms, to bringing the chartreuse green branches and lotus ponds on the plane with me (flight attendant couldn’t believe it), to waking up before the sunrise to go to the flower market. This table was a labor of love.
A big thank you goes out to Leilani Marie Labong for selecting me to be to featured for this 7×7 Magazine piece. Seeing our ideas come alive was so much fun and your writing captured every detail. I’m truly honored to be part of the December 2010 Holiday issue.