Crystal goblets catching the glimmer of candlelight, polished-to-perfection sterling silver placed precisely beside delicately patterned English bone china, a snow-white linen cloth edged in the finest Bruges lace—together these elements form the foundation for an elegant table setting. Add monogrammed napkins, place cards penned in graceful calligraphy, and an extravagant arrangement of silk-petaled roses in vibrant jewel tones, and the tableau takes on an air of regal grandeur that both beguiles guests and reflects most favorably upon the hostess.
Victoria magazine has long served as a treasury of gracious living, offering endless inspiration for curating welcoming interiors and entertaining for every occasion. In our latest volume, The Art of Beautiful Tables, we showcase settings that span the spectrum from casual to formal affairs. The leadoff chapter, “Elements of Style,” delves into the components that are the essence of any tablescape and then spotlights those little extras, such as menus and favors, that lend grace notes to the scene. “Alfresco Gatherings” paints the prettiest images for outdoor meals, while “Lovely Settings” brims with milieus for every season or reason.
Highlighting a favorite subject throughout Victoria’s history, “Teatime Occasions” demonstrates that this beloved ritual can be enjoyed in a mélange of surroundings, from a springtime garden to a cozy fireside. In “Holiday Celebrations,” we journey through the calendar, offering a bevy of inspiration for commemorating each special day with all the exuberance it deserves, whether it’s honoring a dear mother or sharing harvest abundance. Throughout the years, we’ve crossed paths with many women who possess the talents and desire for creating the most memorable settings; we showcase each one’s signature style in “Tastemaker Tables.” Finally, we open the doors to “The China Cabinet,” where suggestions abound for the storage and display of cherished heirlooms.
From the entire staff of Victoria, we warmly invite you to peruse each captivating page to gather an inspiring cache of ideas for creating your own unforgettable tableaux.