What all of the best tables are wearing now

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The most stylish tables of today — like the perfect guest list — should be a magnificent mix. Who’s coming to dinner now? Bracelets as napkin rings, tablecloths that nod to travels, even chic soup bowls that stir up the most traditional tables. (And just wait till you see the seashells.)

produced and styled by BRADLEY AGATHER and CHRISTINA GEYER | photographs by CHRIS PLAVIDAL | additional styling by MARI HIDALGO

Charger: Anna Weatherly, $98, Madison; dinner plate: Sacred Bird and Butterfly by Mottahedeh, $60, Madison; salad plate: Colette by Haviland, $105, Madison; bowl: vintage, $410, Ceylon et Cie; napkin: Kim Seybert, $120 the set of four, Neiman Marcus Downtown; placemat: $68 each, Madison

“I choose my guests as carefully as I choose the menu, so that everyone goes well together.” — Joan Crawford

Hermès, $310, Neiman Marcus Downtown; dessert plate: Bleus d’Ailleurs by Hermès, $115, Neiman Marcus Downtown; bread-and-butter plate: Bleus d’Ailleurs by Hermès, $95, Neiman Marcus Downtown; flatware: Bamboo d’Oro by Ricci Silversmiths, $125 the five-piece place setting, Madison; brass tumbler: Michelle Nussbaumer, $190, Ceylon et Cie; clear tumbler: Moroccan Prestige, $75 the set of six, Stanley Korshak; napkin rings: Bleus d’Ailleurs by Hermès, from $85, Neiman Marcus Downtown; placemat: Sferra napkin, $50 the set of four, Stanley Korshak

“I invite extra men when I can, and I welcome women friends singly when that is impossible. After all, as George Kaufman and Edna Ferber put it in Dinner at Eight, ‘They’re invited for dining, not mating.’ ” — Dorothy Rodgers

Charger: Anna Weatherly, $98, Neiman Marcus Downtown; dinner plate: Tresor by Raynaud, $170, Neiman Marcus Downtown; bowl: Chesnut by Terrafirma, $45, Stanley Korshak; flatware: Herdmar, $78 the five-piece place setting, Forty Five Ten; glass tumbler: $9, Forty Five Ten; brass cup: Michelle Nussbaumer, $190, Ceylon et Cie; napkin ring: wood-and-brass bangle, $25, Ceylon et Cie; napkin: Gaia, $16, Madison; placemat: Chilewich, $13, Neiman Marcus Downtown

“[I like] the challenge and excitement of throwing all kinds of people together, even bitter enemies. They might end up the evening being friends again.” — Betty Lou Margulis

Charger: Syracuse by Haviland, $390, Madison; dessert plate: Tresor by Raynaud, $158, Neiman Marcus Downtown; flatware: The Midas Cutlery by Seletti, $238, Nest Dallas; tumbler: vintage, $85 the set of six, Nest Dallas; red-wineglass: Royal by Moser, $125, Madison; salt-and-pepper shakers: Waylande Gregory, $132, Forty Five Ten; napkin ring: Elsa Peretti 18k gold Bone cuff, $10,800, Tiffany & Co.; placemat: Mydrap, $55 the roll of 12, Nest Dallas; custom-monogrammed napkin: $540 the set of 12, Madison

“…what she chiefly mourned was ‘the sinking of conversation from the brilliance of former days to the present dull level of conventional chatter.” — The New York Times, on Lady Dorothy Nevill, March 1913

 

Charger: Mulholland by Kelly Wearstler for Pickard, $195, Forty Five Ten; dinner plate: Adriatico by Marc Blackwell New York, $90, Stanley Korshak; soup plate: Tracery by Kelly Wearstler for Pickard, $51, Forty Five Ten; flatware: The Midas Cutlery by Seletti, $238, Nest Dallas; wineglass: Mosers Czech Republic, $1,595 the set of six, Stanley Korshak; tumbler: G Pot, $20, Nest Dallas; salt-and-pepper dishes: Galateo & Friends by Jacqueline Morabito, $25 each, Nest Dallas; salt-and-pepper spoons: Canvas Home Store, $48 the set of four, Forty Five Ten; napkin ring: Jody Candrian hammered-brass oval cuff, $875, Forty Five Ten; placemat: Sferra napkin, $50 the set of four, Stanley Korshak; napkin: Sferra, $50 the set of four, Stanley Korshak

“Brillat-Savarin once remarked that a woman who couldn’t make soup should not be allowed to marry … I would add that unless it is very good soup she shouldn’t be allowed to entertain either.” — Elsa Maxwell

 

Charger: Alison Evans, $87, Nest Dallas; dinner plate: Alison Evans, $55, Nest Dallas; flatware: Austin Creations, $330, austincreations.com/home.htm; water glass: Memento Circus Scarlet Onix, $33, Nest Dallas; napkin ring: Gaia, $52 the set of four, Madison; placemat: Sybaritic Industries Boama, $57, Stanley Korshak; napkin: Kim Seybert, $124 the set of four, Neiman Marcus Downtown

“Every eminent person, every famous name, everyone whose achievements had attracted attention or whose position inspired awe, sooner or later, was inveigled to her oval dining-table. Resistance was futile.” — Brian Masters, on Sibyl Colefax, in Great Hostesses

 

Blackwell New York, $190, Stanley Korshak; dinner plate: Sauvage by Bernardaud, $80, Stanley Korshak; flatware: Ascot by Ricci Argentieri, $75 the five-piece place setting, Madison; champagne coupe: Corinne by William Yeoward American Bar, $45, Madison; tumbler: Mosaique by Baccarat, $215, Madison; sherry glass: Roost, $65 the set of six, Nest Dallas; napkin ring: Philippi, $55 the set of four, Nest Dallas; place-card holder: Veritas, $140 the set of four, Neiman Marcus Downtown; place card: Mrs. John L. Strong, $45 the set of 12, Forty Five Ten; runner: hand-loomed silk ikat fabric, $58 per yard, Ceylon et Cie; napkin: Kim Seybert, $120 the set of four, Neiman Marcus Downtown

“Like the people you invite.” — Perle Mesta Charger: Palazzo by Marc 

 

 

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