I wanted everyone at one table but it soon became apparent that the table in my dining room wouldn't do. So I removed the furniture in the living room, made furniture groups in the dining room, and then placed this huge table in the living room.
PRO TIP: When created a tabletop look, consider the dominant colors in the room and create the table to compliment those. I believe a table is simply an extension of the room design whether you are doing a dinner in your home or an off-premise location.
Doing the table this way felt better for the space and was unexpected for my guests who had been here before. It added to making dinner more special. And since the dinner table was warm and inviting, it's where everyone ended up hanging most of the night, so why not the living room?
The antique gold chargers helped to define each place setting. We used Fanfair chairs by Chameleon Chair, The table, china, glassware and flatware were from Town and Country Event Rentals and the linen was by Wildflower.
Justin created a fantastic centerpiece for the large table. I asked him to make numerous pieces and then we added tons of candles to fill the table. He used an unusual combination of roses, protea, James Story orchids, liquid amber leaves. The antique mirror table top reflected the warmth of the colors and the flickering candles.
This was a true living room -- a place where friends and family could, and did, spend hours of lively conversation and memorable moments. It almost ... almost... made me want to keep the table there year-round!