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March 14, 2015

{ROCK & ROLL TEA PARTY} Rebelling against formal dining in 4 easy steps...

For many urban dwellers, artists and eccentrics such as ourselves a formal dining room is just NOT an option. Truth be told, the dining room here at Black Baroque Luxuries ran away from home some years back and is quite likely roaming the streets committing acts epicurean villainy as we speak... Due to the situation at hand, Seraph & I have become experts on a rather dark bohemian dining style that suits our needs. Most meals find us in attendance at an odd indoor picnic in our front parlor complete with cocktails and a bit of chaos... We have befriended floor cushions and employ a vast array of trays. Our trusty sofa often acts as a sideboard and our bed has become a banquet table at times but THAT is a story for another day.  To conjure a indoor picnic of your own might I suggest:

Fine china by nature is finicky and fragile, destined only to break your heart. A basic *cough*inexpensive*cough* set plates and bowls in a favorite color will suffice. Our dishes are clad in black (much like ourselves) and dress up or down quite nicely depending on the occasion. A selection of serving dishes and platters adorned in a dark floral motif serve along side. 

When practicing the art of informal dining flamboyant flatware should be an indulgence that everyone allows themselves. Why not make a simple meal perched upon a slipper chair a noteworthy event? Hefty silver knives that one must grasp like a sword hilt are quite irresistible, as are wrought iron forks and spoons. An assortment of unusual serving utensils are also a must. Elongated ladles add an unexpected element as do salad tongs with handles twisted beyond proper proportions. 


We have become quite astute at balancing glasses upon unlikely surfaces and have the scars to prove it. Beverages poured Black Baroque style are best served in silver chalices and hefty glass goblets, ruby is our shade of choice but any jewel tone will do. Absinthe related apparatus is quite essential, as well as a sinister selection of shot glasses. Teacups (while not entirely necessary) are quite lovely adorned with thorns more befitting a of tattoo rather than high tea. 

Much mischief can be made with a variety of objects and accessories. Our cupboard comes complete with gilded brocade napkins, sequin spangled place mats and a runner encrusted with mirrors. Trays abound in staggering quantities; candelabras have a shelf all to themselves. As large tablecloths are not required for this strange style of dining other possibilities are quite endless. Velvet throws, carpet fragments and damask drapery panels have all graced our table-scapes, as have our collections of ornamental fruit. Which reminds me, it is high time once again for our Garden of Earthly Delight themed dinner party – care to join us, dear ones? ~Splendor
For more dining extravaganzas please visit our Pinterest board A Feast for the Eyes.


  1. Mealtimes at Black Baroque Luxuries sound infinitely more exciting than at the LGC, what with all that balancing of daggers and chalices going on!

    Although our Dining Room Table has yet to run away, once again its primary function is the storage of whatever accoutrements are needed for projects in progress ... currently, three completed and yet still uninstalled Copper Cobweb stained glass windows for the upper kitchen cabinets. Easter is swiftly approaching, however; the windows will need to be cleared off (likely not installed but simply relocated to the sideboard) before then, so that poor table can be utilized for its proper purpose. :)

    1. Well, perhaps we should moonlight as Cirque du Soleil performers because this balancing act is getting a bit ridiculous *removes dinner roll from chandelier* Oh, and I am swooning over using stained glass in the kitchen - that is going to look fabulous!!! ~Splendor

  2. Such visions you evoke... and some wonderful practical advice as well. I love what you said about finicky china. I love fragile things and have had a lifetime of broken hearts as they inevitably destroyed themselves, one by one.

    When I was too young to know what midcentury Venetian glass was, I was lucky enough to see a small, sparkling golden chandelier in an antique shop. It was missing one of its six daffodils, but it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen, and I brought it home. Over twenty years (and careless tall visitors, and too many moves), it proceeded to lose a bit of leaf here, a dangling bauble there, until there was nothing left except a couple of daffodils and a lethally sharp skeleton. Venetian glass is so bloodthirsty -- and when it falls to the floor, flies into so many tiny shards that lie in wait for the careless foot or finger -- that I couldn't find a way to re-use any of the fragments. I said goodbye to the last piece of it recently and my dwelling will never be the same.

    1. Fragile yet dangerous things are ever so intriguing. We have a collection of demitasse cups that Seraph inherited from his Grandmother. They are as thin as eggshells and as light as air. I have never been brave enough to actually use one and just admire them from afar. Any time something beautiful breaks, I place the fragments in a box (or perhaps a coffin?) and hide it away in a closet.... I am strange one, indeed! ~Splendor

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