Perfect Tables showcases 26 stunning ideas for tables that will inspire you to entertain both on a grand scale and informally.
A highly respected designer of fine tableware, William Yeoward is not only a force in international design, but a larger-than-life bon vivant who loves food, entertaining, style and chat – and who has turned table-setting into an art form. Here, he offers ideas and inspiration for a variety of table settings. In ‘Special Occasions’ and ‘Family & Friends’ are beautiful tables for Thanksgiving, Christmas, a midsummer wedding and Valentine’s Day, plus informal settings for a buffet supper, a children’s tea party and the perfect breakfast. The ‘Essentials’ chapter reveals the secrets William uses to transform any occasion from plain to perfect and there’s a chapter on designing your tables with colour to enhance mood and theme, too – dining with blue-and-white china, using tartans, playing with red, violet and pink glassware and introducing gold that sets shimmering crystal alight. With tips on table etiquette and clever and inspiring ideas for everything from laying cutlery, china and glassware with precision to tying napkins and choosing flowers, William shows how attention to the tiniest detail adds to the ambience of any table.
William Yeoward has a worldwide reputation for designing collections for the home. He is particularly known for his furniture and imaginative table settings where he puts to good use his collections of tableware, including crystal, lighting, linens and accessories. He has a store on Kings Road, London, and William Yeoward Crystal has a showroom on Madison Avenue, New York. William Yeoward Crystal has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment as Supplier of Crystal Glass to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. William lectures on design throughout the United States, and his work is featured in magazines such as ‘Southern Accents’, ‘Town and Country’, and ‘Elle Décor’ (for whom he is a contributing editor). Globally, he is regularly featured in British ‘House and Garden’ and ‘World of Interiors’, together with ‘Vogue Living’ and ‘Vogue Entertaining’ in Australia and Russian ‘AD’. William has written several lifestyle books on entertaining and interior design, including 'William Yeoward at Home', ‘William Yeoward’s American Bar’ and ‘Perfect Tables’. He lives in London and Gloucestershire, UK.