When formal doesn't have to equal fussy, even the fanciest spread can become a means of self-expression. Rich gold is the unifying theme here. Whether dusted on a plate rim for a contemporary vibe, woven into a lacy border for a vintage effect, or encircling an oversize mushroom in a note of pure whimsy, it elegantly brings these wildly different table mates together for an affair to remember. "Flora Danica Fungi" soup plates, Royal Copenhagen. "Feux d'Or" presentation plate, Royal Limoges. "Alencon Gold" bread-and-butter plate, L'Objet.
Nothing says eclectic like a mix-and-match ensemble. Plus, an eclectic table can serve as formal or informal depending on the event. We've pulled together a few of our favorite eclectic pieces. Use this group as a jumping-off point for when you pull together your eclectic registry list.
"Red Aves" salad plate, Royal Crown Derby, from Neiman Marcus.
"I love this company," says our associate editor, Britni Wood. "They make some of the most beautiful cutlery and always have the loveliest colors. I'm particularly fond of the wooden handles on this set of knives." Laguiole en Aubrac 6-piece mixed wood steak knives set, williams-sonoma.com.
Although three seemingly disparate patterns share this breakfast table, common features -- the underlying celadon shade, delicate details, and gold embellishments -- make these pieces perfect dining companions. Gold-edge eggcup and butter dish, Legle Limoges. "Constance" bread-and-butter plate (below eggcup), sugar bowl, and coffeepot, Bernardaud. "Illusion" teacup, saucer, and dessert plate in endive, Haviland. "Derby Panel Green" bread-and-butter plate (with knife), dinner plate, and vegetable dish (with flowers), Royal Crown Derby. "Olivia" tumbler, Juliska. "Fairfax" silverware, Gorham.
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