This is a beautiful book of ideas for table settings for any occasion from the usual holidays to engagement, anniversary, and baby shower parties; casual brunches to formal dinners. The color photos are gorgeous and show dozens of ideas for decorating a table for entertaining whether it be for an intimate gathering or a large dinner party, indoors or outside. Some ideas are simple yet sophisticated with a single bouquet of flowers to show off beautiful china. Others are elaborate and sometimes surprising such as the one that features dressed manequins posed in the middle of a large table.
While this is mostly a book of pictures that shows the overall effect of tablesettings as well as the smaller details, the author does include tips and advice throughout. I especially appreciated that she writes on the topic of manners and etiquette because those things never are out of style and are appropriate for every occasion. Also included are tips on invitations, seating of guests, and the common rules of etiquette for dinner parties.
Many of the ideas in this book are more formal than I personally would use, but they still inspire me to try creative table settings that fit with my personality and entertaining style. This would be a wonderful gift for a newlywed or anyone who enjoys entertaining.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solictited nor was a positive review required.