I hosted a dinner for work colleagues earlier this week. I knew I was going to be short on time, as my business partner, Gordon and I were doing an afternoon presentation and would be getting back to the house late in the day. So I needed a menu that could be prepared in advance and didn’t need much last minute fussing.

The menu came together relatively quickly. Roasted tenderloin of beef with Roasted Root Vegetables with Almonds and Parmesan Cheese as a side.  Sausage rolls for appetizers (it’s Christmas, after all!) and some two-bite brownies for dessert. All set.


Onto the table setting. I’ve had the Pottery Barn red paisley linens for several years. The rich pattern and vibrant colours sent me reaching for Wedgwood Florentine Green dinner plates. These are the only pieces I have in this pattern, and I bought them many years ago from Country Dining Room Antiques. They’re still available from Replacements.com. I used rattan placemats from Pier 1, and my bakelite handled cutlery, also from Country Dining Room Antiques.


I continued  the burnished gold theme with the napkin rings from Chintz & Co. in Victoria.


The lanterns are modern – gifts from our friends Paul and Chris for Christmas one year. They have a lovely frosted gold finish which echoed the faint gilding of the antique footed Venetian glass compote filled with pine cones.


I started out using different goblets, but then thought that the gold twisted stem Venetian would pick up the antiquey gold in the plates.


The combination really came into its own in candlelight. It was a very fun evening! 

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.