If you’ve got to know us a bit at Timothy Oulton, then you’ll know that we’re passionate about reviving the lost art of hosting. So with the party season – aka the festival of feasting – coming up, here are six sensational ways to dress your dining table, brought to life at our recent At Home Show.
The annual At Home Show is the highlight of the Timothy Oulton calendar, when we go all out to entertain our guests in jaw-dropping, show-stopping fashion. This year, we hosted 150 guests from around the world at our showroom, for a three day extravaganza to preview the new 2017 collection. In between the exciting unveiling of the new designs, our spectacular meal times had been creatively choreographed to offer a visual feast as well as a culinary one.
Whet your appetite for the season of celebration with our six entertaining themes below, each one packed with ideas you can adapt and recreate at home. Of course it’s the people and atmosphere that make an event really special, but a table dressed with drama and surprise sets the scene for a memorable experience that your guests will be talking about for weeks to come.
Our first At Home Show dining experience kicked off with a celebration of all things studious. The tabletop was adorned with old books, collected trophies filled with flowers, pheasant feathers and vintage canes. The table was flanked by sculpted boxwoods, as if gazing through a window out onto a pristine English garden. Servers sported tweed waistcoats and caps with black horn rimmed glasses, as guests chatted convivially over courses.
Winston Loves Clementine Dinner
Our opening dinner was a tribute to the love that Winston and Clementine Churchill shared for 56 years together. The table was filled with 5,000 clementines and vintage Winston busts, leading to a heart made of red roses hung above a roaring fire. Guests were intrigued to find a love letter on the table, written to Clementine in Winston’s handwriting on his personal stationery.
Sherwood Forest Lunch
Transformed yet again, our table seemed to have come alive – inspired by the famous Royal Forest of Nottinghamshire, England. We celebrated the lush floor of Sherwood Forest with locally cultivated moss and ferns under green lighting from overhead chandeliers. Wild mushrooms sprouted from white birch, while a trail of brass ants travelled the terrain – and snails from our lychee garden brought the whole scene to life.
Lady Rose Garth Dinner
We imagined a garden so rich with roses that they grow over everything they encounter – champagne bottles, chandeliers and candelabras, even the skirts of our serving staff were covered in roses. This night represented the pinnacle of the show – welcoming our guests with feast and theatre, with no detail left unturned.
Royal Lunch in Honour of The Queen
Pink slipcovers, silver teapots, vintage tea tins, and masses of roses and English wildflowers dressed the table in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II. We reimagined her royal rose garden and the elegance of her afternoon tea, with many eras of vintage coronation china.
“I See Things in Black and White” Dinner
A dinner of simple, chic sophistication – an offering of beauty in simplicity. Subtle extravagance, refined glamour and juxtaposition in colour, with plumes of black feathers, smoked glassware and an abundance of white flowers. A quiet yet dramatic scene unfolded for our last dinner; the closing curtain of another memorable At Home Show.
Are you ready to join us in reviving the lost art of hosting? We’ve got plenty more inspiration here to help you create a unique dining experience for your guests, from playlists to menus to expert tips – and of course the furniture that you need to create that captivating environment.
Check out our latest dining collections, like the Iceberg dining table for ‘Fun Formal’ dinners, the Side Saddle chair for ‘Casual & Hearty’ get-togethers or the Mimi dining chair in Faded & Degraded velvet to really add some drama to the dinner conversation.
The new 2017 collection previewed at the At Home Show will be launched in Timothy Oulton galleries worldwide early next year. Stay tuned for details…