Dining & Entertaining

  1. Interior Inspirations for the Table

    Since our founding in 1945, our team of designers has drawn inspiration from the world of fine art, fashion, and interior design for every Caspari collection. Like these inspiration-industries, the collections we produce each season reflect trending contemporary styles while maintaining an air of classicism and time-honored style. Interior design is one such house of inspiration that marries new trends with traditional design particularly well, and we love adapting home textiles, ceramics, and other interior attributes for the Caspari tabletop. From upholstery and wallpaper to vases and objet, tabletop inspiration is everywhere within showhouses and Pairs pied-à-terres.

    Inspiration: Headboard Textile | Design: Spots

    (Inspiration Source: House Beautiful)

    Inspiration: Pillow Textile | Pattern: Sakura

    (Inspiration Source: Elle Decor)

    Inspiration: Marble Surfaces | Design: Marble

    (Inspiration Source: House Beautiful)

    Inspiration: Chair Upholstery | Design: Carriacou 

    (Inspiration Source: House & Garden)

    Inspiration: Wall Panels | Design: Chinese Wallpaper

    (Inspiration Source: de Gournay)

    Inspiration: Wallpaper | Design: Heather (Coming for Spring 2019!)

    (Interior Inspiration: Pierre Frey)

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  2. Vintage Fashion to Modern Table—Winter Sports

    Winter Sports, a new design debuting in our 2018 Christmas Collection, depicts a pattern of airborne skiers carving down tree scattered mountain slopes in flurries of snow. This playful and modern pattern, which trending this season on cozy, lodge-themed holiday tables, was first created in 1937.

    Hand-painted or likely stenciled by an unknown artist, the repeating pattern of red, green, white and gold skiers and snow-laden pine trees was applied to a full-length black silk dress. A tape sewn inside the lower hem of the skirt gives the name of the dress as 'Indoor Sports.' It currently resides in the collection of the V&A.

    The dress, slimline with a straight skirt, raglan cut bodice, short sleeves, and a high round neckline, features a collar and cuffs trimmed grey-gold fur, a short peplum at the waist, and a front center slip up to the mid-calf. Its button-front bodice fastens with miniature plastic ski buttons and the soft black suede belt is faced with leather and fastened with two white plastic skis threaded through metal hoops attached by a silver chain to the belt. The attention to detail and craftsmanship are stunning and the hand-painted pattern is quite impeccably applied.

    The lucky wearer of this dress was a young woman named Leah Barnett Ross (1915-1969). She was painted wearing the dress in the same year it was made, 1937, by the society portrait painter James Penniston Barraclough (1891-1942). In this oil painting, she is seated on a fur rug against a black background, her engagement ring prominently displayed on her left hand, wearing her ski-patterned Indoor Sports dress.

    The snowy pattern of trees and skis is making its next appearance now, 81 years later, in the Caspari 2018 Christmas Tabletop & Gift Collection. Charmed by the design we now call 'Winter Sports,' we adapted the pattern to create festive and cheerful tableware, napkins, gift wrap, and more. Available in three colorways, Winter Sports brings a fresh, chic, and slightly whimsical touch to holiday occasions and decor this season. Paired with our new Plaid Check design, Winter Sports becomes a modern take on a winter lodge look that cozies up tabletops and gift presentations with a perfect wintery theme.

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  3. What Pippa Wants Features Caspari imperial Silk

    "No one sets a table like Pippa", Caspari customers have commented since this PA-based former event planner, retired formally trained Chef, mother, and blogger featured a tablescape inspired by our new Fall 2018 collection on her blog. Inspired by Imperial Silk, Pippa set a stunning table for fall full of bold primary colors, mixed patterns, and elegant chinoiserie style. Giving the table her own unique twist, she handpainted pumpkins and wine glasses to coordinate with the Imperial Silk design and even decoupaged her own charger plates with the pattern! The result is a vibrant tabletop in what Pippa calls, "FULL TILT fall color."

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  4. Magnolia Stripes Features Caspari Chinese Ceramic

    DC blogger, entertainer, and hostess, Stephanie of Magnolia Stripes, knows how to set a tabletop for Fall. Using one of our new designs for Fall 2018, Chinese Ceramic, she's created a show-stopping table in a bold blue and orange palette. Throughout, she's included Caspari acrylic drinkware, ribbon accents, and paper tableware designs. Giving this look a modern twist, she's accented Chinese Ceramic in a fun favorite design, Spots, transforming the traditionally set table with a youthful touch. See more of this early autumn tabletop look at MagnoliaStripes.com and shop Caspari's newest collection to create your own inspiring tablescape for the season.

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  5. Caspari Palette: Pink & Orange

    This timeless color combination transcends all genres of style from Chinoiserie designs, to contemporary fashion, to traditional bohemian prints. While we may think of it today as having an almost psychedelic vibe (because it reminds us most recently of the 60s), we can trace this combo back much farther through indigenous South American arts.  It’s a powerful pair that instantly conveys boldness and energy when brought together. We love orange and pink pairings for summer because these two “hot” colors perfectly convey the mood of the season—bright, warm, and vibrant. These elements translate effortlessly to a tabletop when it’s time to prepare for summer parties and gatherings! 

    Find inspiring examples of this power pair on our Pinterest, as well as beautiful boards dedicated to other favorite Caspari palettes. 

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  6. Blue & White—Travel Through Time with This Transcendent Style

    Blue and white porcelain pottery is an art form that can be traced back through many dynasties of China. The oldest dated blue and white artifact in our possession is a set of two tall vases, known as the David Vases. We know their creation date and intended purpose because within the blue designs the artist placed an inscription. The vases were made in 1351 and were an offering to be placed in a Chinese temple. This date places their origin during the Yuan Dynasty, which was proclaimed by Mongol ruler Kublai Khan in 1271, an official conquest by 1279, and ended in 1368. However, the masterful craftsmanship and artistry exhibited in the vases indicate that the blue and white technique must have originated sometime before the David Vases, likely placing the onset of blue and white porcelain arts in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).


    The David Vases


    The Chinese possessed kilns that were far superior to most kilns of the day and this allowed them to fire a particularly pure clay, Kaolin, at very high temperatures. This clay and their advanced technology are what allowed them to create beautiful glossy white porcelain products. In 1004 Emperor Zhenzog selected Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province to be the imperial porcelain production center. This center is a likely place where blue and white pottery got its start. Before we give all of the credit to Jingdezhen, however, it is important to note that while they had perfected pure white porcelain, the blue came from somewhere else. Cobalt pigment was sourced from what is modern-day Iran and is responsible for the rich blue that sits in such striking contrast against the porcelain white backdrop.

    This quintessentially Chinese style prevailed through the dynasties as it gained popularity and remained an extremely lucrative export. Eventually, potters around the world began to replicate the Chinese style and by the 1700s, even Europeans learned how to recreate the pieces. The true Chinese pieces, however, remained the most affordable and were regarded as the most authentic.

    Expanded trade with East Asia, especially China, during the 18th-century fed European's fascination with the exotic. This access to Asian design spurred the growth of the chinoiserie style in art, décor, and fashion, which kept blue and white porcelain pieces in Vogue. Sometime around the 1830s, due to disrupted trade, the ornate chinoiserie style fell from the height of popularity. Yet, we can still find this Asian-inspired style in show houses, design publications, and our own homes today. Ginger jars grace fireplace mantels, bamboo bar carts sit styled with modern spirit bottles and cocktail books, and blue and white china is placed on our tables for special occasions.

    These traditional Chinese motifs prevail Caspari's blue & white paper collections, which honor the ancient Chinese arts and make the style accessible to any home. The soft colors are perfect for brunches and celebratory showers, and they pair perfectly with your genuine porcelain pieces for an elegant style with effortless cleanup.

    Resources:
    https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/south-east-se-asia/china-art/a/chinese-porcelain-decoration
    https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/culture/porcelain-history.htm
    https://www.metmuseum.org/press/exhibitions/2012/chinese-ceramics-on-great-hall-balcony

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  7. The Caspari Valentine's Day Gift Guide

    From friend-love to true love, Caspari design makes celebrating easy! Our 2018 Valentine's Day Gift Guide features some of our best styles, including handmade items from our Gallery Collection, artist-designed pieces, and elegant acrylic accents. Each of our chosen gifts thoughtfully expresses love, like, and any sentiment in between

    Two Cheers for Love!

    A gift for every Valentine, from your significant other to your best friend or coworker. Bag up your bottle of bubbly (or celebratory beverage of choice) in our Red Lulu's Rainbow Wine Bottle Bag to create a perfect Valentine's gift presentation. Prepare for a toast to lasting love or friendship by pairing up two Acrylic Champagne Glasses and adding an Acrylic Wine Bottle Coaster to your gift set.

    Dear Diary...

    For your most notable Valentine, our Iridescent lined Writing Journals make a thoughtful gift. Hide a love note within its pages or fill the first page with love pome. Filled with 92 lined pages and sized for easy transport, these notebooks are perfect for keeping lists, taking notes on the go, brainstorming, and journaling. 

    Be My Guest, Valentine.

    Our beautiful splatterware design adds an artistic touch to any occasion, including your Valentine's day celebrations. Fill up an elegant Acrylic Guest Towel Napkin Holder with a pack of our Pink Splatterware Guest Towel Napkins to give a gift to the hostess you love the most-ess. 

    Love Games

    For a Valentine with a great poker face, Caspari playing cards are just what they needed. Our decorative Playing Card sets and Acrylic Playing Card Holders look great on display and in-play. Our Secret Garden Playing Cards are as beautiful as a bouquet of flowers, but a lot more fun. 

    Worth A Thousand Words

    As a part of the Gallery Collection, our beautiful snakeskin Picture Frames are handmade in our own Connecticut bindery. Each one is crafted with the same skills used in centuries past to create beautiful handmade objects. These special frames are perfect for holding your dearest memories. Grab a bouquet of your valentines favorite flowers, print out a picture of you and your Valentine, and place it inside a Caspari frame. They'll love your heartfelt gift and have a reminder of it anywhere they place their newly framed photo. 

    A Table for Two

    Setup a romantic table with our Die-Cut Placemats and Felt-Backed Faux Leather Coasters. Perfect for a lady that loves brunch, these festive tabletop accents can be used on Valentine's day or Gal-entine's Day and on endless occasions after.

    Shop these lovely gifts and styles for your Valentine's Day tabletop in our Valentine's Day Shop.

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  8. Pieces of the Party from Invite to End

    Since 1945 Caspari has been creating beautiful product lines for elegant entertaining. Through the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about ABCs of throwing a party or hosting an event. In the midst of the holiday season, it’s easy to find yourself in a hosting situation and even easier to feel for the job unprepared during such a busy time of the year. Not to worry, because we’ve broken down the most important steps of hosting from A to Z and a list of the pieces needed to perfectly executie each one.

    Step: Invite

    What do I Need?

    An invitation is an event’s ambassador. They go out to provide attendees with information about your event and they give them their first impression, before arriving, about what type of event it will be. Caspari invitations start celebrations off right. Printed on quality cardstock and adorned with illustrations and artwork for a variety of occasions, our beautiful invitations set the tone of your gathering for everyone on the guest list. Say exactly what you need to say from “let’s get wild” to “you should wear a tie” by selecting the perfect invitation to represent your entertaining occasion.

     

    Step: Decorate

    What do I Need?

    Once you’ve chosen the style of your event and sent out an invitation to convey it, it’s time to set the environment accordingly. Caspari tabletop accents & home décor collections add warmth and style to the atmosphere. Through-color candles, die-cut placemats, and felt-backed coasters help create a celebratory setting as well as a color palette.

     

    Step: Gift

    What do I Need?

    Wrap, bag, and tag gifts for your guests, the hostess, and more. From tissue to tags, our gift wrap collections cover giving in every shape and size. Certainly you’ve heard that you should never show up empty-handed to a get-together. Always be a gracious guest by keeping Caspari bottle bags on hand at home. They are perfect for putting together a fast and thoughtful gift for any occasion—just add wine.

     

    Step: Serve

    What do I Need?

    Place the perfect palette on your tabletop with coordinating napkins, plates, and place cards. Your tabletop is the perfect place to continue with your color scheme or event’s theme. Our beautiful and durable paper dinnerware is modeled after fine porcelain and printed with safe water-based inks. The designs and colors coordinate with other styles throughout our collections to ensure a cohesive style for your event. Plus, they make clean up a breeze.

     

    Step: Party

    What do I Need?

    Bring on the fun with Caspari favor bags and celebration crackers! These are little details you won’t want to skip when hosting a successful party or event. Create an interactive table with trinket-filled celebration crackers, and send your guests home with fun favor bags that coordinate with your gathering’s look. These will be the little extras they remember.

     

    Step: Thank

    What do I Need?

    The finishing touch is a warm thank you card or boxed note. Thank your guests for celebrating, dining, and spending time with you when you send a beautifully printed and finely designed Caspari card. Or, if you’re a guest, thank your host or hostess for opening their home up to you. Each style features an artwork, pattern, or illustration from an artist or museum around the world that is sure to make an impression.

    From start to finish, you can host an expertly coordinated holiday event effortlessly. Our full product lines are created through fine design, beautiful art, quality craftsmanship, and years of event planning experience. They ensure that you’ll find a supply to suit every moment of your event from invite to end. Happy holidays and even happier hosting from the Caspari Team!

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  9. Styling Tips for Your Thanksgiving Table

    Fall and winter holidays are the premier time of the year to practice the art of entertaining, and specifically, table setting. With more than one large feast in order during this season, perfectly placed table linens, patterned plates, and charming napkins have their time to shine. With our first entertaining event quickly approaching, we’ve pulled together some helpful tips for setting your Thanksgiving table in classic Caspari style.

    Tabletop Essentials

    A. Pick your palette and start with base pieces. Choose a dinner plate that will add color and will complement the patterns on your tabletop. These solids accent and offset bold prints to give your settings the right amount of edited style.

    B. Enhance the dimension of your table by layering in subtle but rich texture. Caspari Paper Linen Napkins offer a soft, plush texture that absorbs and performs like cloth. We love our Natural Jute pattern because it features a high-quality, fabric-like look.

    C. Our patterns and images are sourced from artist and museums from around the world. Because of this, many Caspari Paper Plates feature elegant designs that offer the formality of fine china with the ease of disposable dinnerware. Make your pattern choices bold and chic when layering in a salad or dessert plate.

    D. For a bit of unexpected fun at the table, Celebration Crackers are great additions to each pacesetting that will make more than just conversation. Have guest pair up to pull them apart with a “pop!” and split up the prizes. Each contains a paper crown, which traditionally, is worn at the dinner table.

    E. A perfectly positioned place card can tell your guests everything they need to know—from where to sit to what kind of cake or casserole you’ve baked. Use them to label place settings, cheese plates, and dishes on your tabletop.

    Tabletop Extras

    A. Guest Towel Napkins are ideal extras for any room in your home when entertaining. Leave them out next to a spread of hors d’oeuvres, leave them in a holder on the counter of your guest bath, or add them to your tabletop for a pop of pattern.

    B. Another versatile addition, Cocktail Napkins offer a great way to mix & match pattern in a setting. For example, layer in a harvest-inspired fall print next to your main thanksgiving themed pieces. Leaves, berries, or even a simple splash of gold add an element of seasonal style and complement the theme without matching too perfectly.

    C. To give your individual place settings a strong foundation with a Charger plate. We love Rattan Chargers, as they give a rich texture to the table and bring in warmth with their natural material. This woven accent is beautiful, functional, and offers more stability to the exceptionally full plates you will undoubtedly have at your Thanksgiving meal.

    D. Placemats lay the groundwork for your table's theme. Begin here with your chosen pattern and layer upwards with neutral and complementary pieces until you top your settings off with a coordinating patterned salad plate. This technique is a sure way to marry together all the individual components into a stunning overall setting.

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  10. A Guide to: Napkins Per Guest

    Whether you’re planning a small cocktail party for 20, or a large reception for 250, it can be confusing to decide how many napkins to have on hand for your guests. Never fear, we are here to help you avoid running out of guest towels in the powder room or ending up with boxes of extra dinner napkins.

    For cocktail hour, we estimate 3-4 cocktail napkins per person. Place stacks on the bar and near any finger foods, and have wait staff carry when serving passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks. If you are serving a sit down meal, plan on 1-2 luncheon napkins for a daytime event or 1-2 dinner napkins for an evening affair per guest. Err on the higher side if you are serving especially messy food, such as barbecue or lobster. Guest towels can be used as hand towels in the powder room, or as buffet napkins. Either way, plan on 2 per person.

    Napkins for Your Guests

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