From the June/July 2019 Issue  

Styling a Timeless Summer Soiree

Writer Meg Fox

DESSERTWARE | A dessert tablescape to be savored includes a three-tier centerpiece ($187), 11-inch footed plate ($83.50) and 13-inch footed plate ($99).

Nature is the muse for a tablescape that balances rustic with refined

Whether you’re hosting a romantic summer wedding, chic bridal shower or any occasion summer soiree, there’s something about classic white dinnerware on white linens that feels both fresh and utterly timeless. Costa Nova’s Pearl—a glazed ceramic stoneware collection—can be dressed down for everyday use or dressed up for special occasions, as in this elegant and timeless backyard venue.

TABLEWARE | No-fail white dinnerware works anywhere, anytime. The Pearl Collection—also available in Cocoa and Rubi—is inspired by the richness of 18th- and 19th-century European ceramics. Made of fine stoneware and embossed with a beaded edge, Pearl is dishwasher-, microwave-, oven- and freezer-safe (dinner plate, $27.50; salad plate $21.50). The Espiral glassware collection resembles spiral movements and is handmade of mouth-blown glass, which ensures each one is unique (flute, $24; wine glass, $24). The table setting also includes Lumi flatware ($64 for a five-piece set) and the Porto collection of linens, made in Portugal of 100% stonewashed linen (napkins, $15 for two; runner, $49).


A weathered farm table sets the stage for the rustic scene, softened by a natural white linen runner, napkins and graceful mouth-blown glassware. While swaths of evergreens that run the length of the table blend with the beauty of the surrounding foliage, you can always swap out the textured greens for colorful branches or florals to suit your desired mood, theme or season. The centerpiece—a tiered crystal chandelier—does double duty as both decoration and as an enchanting light source at night when the candles are all aglow.

NAME CARDS | Calligraphy name cards keep things classic. To quote style icon Audrey Hepburn, “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.”

Costa Nova is available at The China Closet and Home Furnishings in Fair Haven, Garden Cottage in Fairfield and Morristown, Point Beach Interiors in Point Pleasant Beach and

PITCHER/BOWL | Pitcher ($75) and serving bowl ($63.50).