Toast: Bond - Part 2

Friday, November 9, 2012
Daniel Craig has made a great addition to the 007 family, but it's the Bond girls that strike our fancy. No, we're not talking about the girlfriends, we're talking the powerful ladies behind the latest installment of Skyfall - the regal Judi Dench as M ("Behind every man there is a great woman...") and Adelle as the singer behind the best Bond song, probably ever. To toast these fabulous ladies of the modern Bond, we mixed a little of Diamonds Are Forever with a little On Her Majesty's Secret Service. In other words, a union of royal luxury with classic British style.

Top: Judi Dench as M and Daniel Craig as 007, James Bond in Skyfall.
Tabletop: Cut Glass Charger, Vera Wang Lace Bouquet Dinner Plate, Sophie Soup Bowl, Floral Elegance Flatware, Nu Silk Napkin with Rhinestone Treatment.
POSH Picks: (Clockwise from top left) White Organza with Double Rhinestone Trim, Chiavari Chair; Silver Lace Goblet, Silver Rimmed Water Goblet; Adelle on the cover of the soundtrack for Skyfall; Floral Elegance spoon, Loren Teacup and Saucer.
All rentals POSH Couture Rentals. Linens, chair treatments from Resource One, exclusively at POSH Couture Rentals.

Toast: Bond - Part 1

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Today we toast 50 years of Bond, James Bond. The man who prefers his drinks shaken, not stirred (up until this year, that is), and has managed to maintain to stay at the top of pop culture longer than most starlets. In honor of the latest installment, Skyfall, we're sharing tabletops inspired by the our favorite Bond films - From Russia With Love and Goldfinger. Get you'll first dose of Bond today and check back for even more 007. 

From Russia With Love featuring Sean Connery:
Think grandiose tabletops and wintry elements. Our POSH picks? Silver Goblet and Light Pink Chloe Goblet / Faux Fur Napkin Treatment / Purple Metallic Charger / Vera Wang Lace Bouquet Dinner Plate / Barcelona Gold Salad Plate / Silver Bead B&B Charger / Silver Radiance B&B / Michelangelo Flatware // Umber Taffeta with Chocolate Velvet Applique linen from Resource One, exclusively at POSH Couture Rentals.

Golden opulence worthy of 007. Our POSH picks? Barcelona Gold Dinner Plate / Black and Gold China / Royal Gold Glassware / Onyx Glassware / Gold Radiance Brushed B&B Charger / Dynasty 24K Gold Flatware // Gold Sequin Mesh linen from Resource One, exclusively at POSH Couture Rentals.


POSH 101: Tea Party

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
We're excited about sponsoring the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show's High Noon Texas Tea this Friday. So excited, in fact, that we thought we would share a few tea party pointers just for fun. It will be the beginning of a great weekend at Dallas Market Hall. The best part? We have several complimentary one day tickets for two for Fall show, this Friday through Monday (November 9-12th). Stop by the showroom to get yours today! Go here for an overview of the 80+ international exhibitors.

Top image via Pinterest / Loren silver tea cup, saucer, and plate / Gold Florentine charger, Gold Scroll Dinner plate and B&B, Gold Leaf salad plate and tea cup, Gold Bead B&B charger, Gold Lyons flatware // All POSH Couture Rentals
 Tea Time Etiquette 

  • Greeting/handshake
  • After sitting down — put purse on lap or behind you against chair back
  • Napkin placement — unfold napkin on your lap, if you must leave temporarily place napkin on chair.
  • Sugar/lemon — sugar is placed in cup first, then thinly sliced lemon and never milk and lemon together. Milk goes in after tea — much debate over it, but according to Washington School of Protocol, milk goes in last. The habit of putting milk in tea came from the French. “To put milk in your tea before sugar is to cross the path of love, perhaps never to marry.” (Tea superstition)
  • The correct order when eating on a tea tray is to eat savories first, scones next and sweets last. We have changed our order somewhat. We like guests to eat the scones first while they are hot, then move to savories, then sweets.
  • Scones — split horizontally with knife, curd and cream is placed on plate. Use the knife to put cream/curd on each bite. Eat with fingers neatly.
  • Proper placement of spoon — the spoon always goes behind cup, also don’t leave the spoon in the cup.
  • Proper holding of cup — do not put your pinky “up”, this is not correct. A guest should look into the teacup when drinking — never over it. Since ancient Rome, a cultured person ate with 3 fingers, a commoner with five. Thus, the birth of the raised pinkie as a sign of elitism. This 3 fingers etiquette rule is still correct when picking up food with the fingers and handling various pieces of flatware. This pinky “up” descended from a misinterpretation of the 3 fingers vs 5 fingers dining etiquette in the 11th century.

Tabletop Tuesday: Autumn Inspired

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Could this look be any more Autumn-inspired? The floral Copper Embossed Chiffon overlay is reminiscent of Fall leaves cascading over the Cocoa Bark Linen. We love Resource One for the seasonal texture and elements they evoke from their tabletops. Wouldn't this be perfect for a harvest feast come Thanksgiving? We agree. 

Image courtesy Resource One, Inc.

Image courtesy Resource One, Inc.

 Rentals: Copper Embossed Chiffon Linen over the Cocoa Bark Linen, both from Resource One, exclusively at POSH Couture Rentals. Chair treatments, Resource One, exclusively at POSH Couture Rentals. Get the look with Gold Chiavari Chairs, Copper GEO Charger, Modern Flatware; all at POSH Couture Rentals.

This or That: Holiday Tabletop

Monday, November 5, 2012
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We're torn between a few of our favorite looks for a fabulous feast, but both feature an element from the Mottahedeh Collections. How will you set your holiday table?

Rustic Elegance (Left)
1. Bring in wintry elements like the white Chloe goblet with the classic Schott Zwiesel stemware.
2. Nothing says cozy evenings to remember better than the Mottahedeh Tree Collection.
3. Start with the classic chargers: Jan Barboglio Hammered charger or the Maple Leaf charger. (Both on holiday special!)
4. Add a touch of luxe with Christofle flatware.
(Image above also contains the Amber Martini Compote and Resource One's Mahogany Swirl Velvet Linen, exclusively at POSH.)

Traditional Elegance (Right)
5. Resource One's Gold Leather Embossed Velvet, exclusively at POSH. A favorite from the embossed velvet linens, a picture does not do this linen justice.
6. A holiday staple: The Exotic Birds Collection.
7.  Make your tabletop shimmer with Elise Cut Crystal stemware - perfect for holiday toasts.
8. The uber-luxe Dynasty 24K flatware will make guests feel like royalty.
9. You can never go wrong with the Mottahedeh Lace charger. 

Now, what's for dinner? Check back to hear from Dallas' top chefs and caterers for scrumptious holiday menus.