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How to Create a Laduree Inspired Table at Home Part II
12 / 05

 

HOW TO RECREATE THE LADUREE TABLE

 

This is Part II of our blog on how to create a Ladurée inspired table at home. Great for your next girl’s get together, Holiday Tea, French inspired brunch, etc. Below is the table we created. See our source list at the end of this post.

 

 

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It seems that every “Ladurée” table setting includes the following fundamentals 1) their Iconic Ladurée China/Porcelain 2) plenty of silver 3) a tiered silver stand on which to display their macarons, pastries, and other fabulous french Ladurée treats, and 4) don’t ignore the linens.

 

Pictured above: 1) pastel blue, gold rimmed porcelain salad plates, and two-tiered tray, both from Fitz & Foyd, Versailles, Bleu, at Replacements.com. 2) Gold Rimmed, dinner plates by Fabergé, Chaine d’Or, personal collection. 3) Mother of Pearl Dessert Set of 12, available for purchase, Sugar et Cie. 4) Limoges Teapot Set, sugar bowl, and creamer with gold greek accents, Athena, by Jean Pouyat (vintage), available for purchase, Sugar et Cie.

 

1 – LADUREE’S ICONIC CHINA

 

I’ve heard more than a few people wonder about whose china Ladurée uses in their salons and where to get it. If you are familiar with Bernardaud (which also had an amazing Tea Salon in Paris, no longer open), you will not be surprised to find out that they are the creators of Ladurée’s signature pastel plates, cups, saucers, etc. Side Note: I suspect that the china used in Ladurée’s Tea Rooms is not as fine or as delicate as Bernardaud’s typical line for the home, as it has to survive a commercial environment.

 

You can see the gold edges wearing off of some of their pieces, which is a reminder not to put your china edged, in silver and gold, through the dishwasher. Hand wash only, if you want to keep the metal details looking nice.

 

Perhaps Ladurée or Bernardaud will someday make this pattern available, but in the meantime there are a number of great alternatives out there and in a range of price points. Any of which can help you create your own Ladurée inspired look. The key is to choose pastels that are sophisticated and not sickly sweet, with a touch of bling in the form of a metallic edge. Stick to clean, modern lines and shapes.

 

Choose one pattern in one color, or choose a pattern that offers multiple shades and mix the colors as Ladurée does. If you want to see more Ladurée and Ladurée inspired tablescape’s visit our Pinterest Board or check out Ladurée’s Instagram feed.

 

For example, within Fitz & Foyd’s Versailles pattern, there are three colors which are a good fit, light blue (Versailles Bleu – very fitting name no?), a very pale green (Versailles Mint Sherbet), and a cream (Versailes Crème). The blue and green are featured in the image above. Raynaud’s Serenite also has three that work well: Light Blue, Light Green, and Rose. And of course Bernardaud. They have a striped version, Gallerie Royale (in pale green “Armande” and in light blue “Wallis Blue”).

 

There are a number of other patterns that have single colors that could work: Haviland’s Arc Ciel in Rose Opale, Pickard’s Color Sheen in Blue (with a gold trim or platinum trim).

 

LADUREE INSPIRED PASTEL CHINA PATTERNS: PALE BLUE

 

 

Images courtesy of Replacements.com and William Sonoma, compilation Sugar et Cie

 

Sources:

1 – Fitz & Foyd, Versailles, Bleu, found on Replacements.com (the least expensive option).

2 – Raynaud, Serenite, Blue, found on Replacements.com.

3 – Pickard, Color Sheen, Blue, found on William Sonoma. You can have it monogrammed!

4 – Also from Pickard Color Sheen, Blue.

 

My two favorites in this group are the Fitz & Foyd. The blue is a a sophisticated shade of pale blue with a thick gold band. I also like Bernardaud’s Gallerie Royale (in Wallis Blue) with its platinum trim (not pictured here).

 

LADUREE INSPIRED PASTEL CHINA PATTERNS: PALE GREEN

 

 

Images courtesy of Replacements.com, Bernardaud, and Smith’s China & Gifts, compilation by Sugar et Cie

 

Sources:

1 – Raynaud, Serenite, Light Green

2 – Bernardaud, Gallerie Royale, Armande

3 – Fitz & Floyd, Versailles, Mint Sherbet

4 – Bernardaud, Cronos, Armande

 

LADUREE INSPIRED PASTEL CHINA PATTERNS: PALE PINK

 

Images courtesy of Replacements.com, Bernardaud, compilation Sugar et Cie

 

Sources:

1 – Bernardaud, Cronos, Rose

2 – Haviland Arc Ciel, Soft Pink/Rose Opal

 

LADUREE INSPIRED CHINA PATTERN: METALLICS

 

If pastels aren’t your thing, you can still get the look by using a pattern with gold and\or silver. Stick to stripes and geometric patterned trim.

 

2 – LOTS AND LOTS OF SILVER

 

Silver seems to be another key element to the Ladurée Table. Lots and lots of silver. Silver tea pots, silver creamers, silver sugar bowls, silver trays…Since sterling silver isn’t conducive to commercial, high-volume use, I suspect that theirs are base metal or silverplate. You can go either way or mix and match.

 

I’m a big fan of mixing. For the “workhorse” silverware, I like to use a stainless steel made to look like a set of Sterling Silver, (so I don’t spend hours hand-washing my silver) and then add a few special sterling silver touches (a dessert set, dessert spoons, ice tea spoons, a silver tray, or Art Deco silver tea pot).

 

The Victorians had specialized silverware for everything from ice cream spoons (part fork and part spoon) to special tongs and servers for Bon Bons. Below is a mother of pearl dessert set (also known as cake forks, “fruit eaters”, a fruit service) that we recently acquired for the boutique. The fruit course, which came at the end of the meal, had a dedicated set of silverware. I am in love with these mother of pearl dessert sets. This one came to us from England, with each individual piece wrapped inside in tissue, as if it had never been used. The set is in pristine condition with small stars engraved on the edge of the blade and horizontal striped collars around the handles.

 

They are luminous and will up the game of your entire place setting. Perfect for tea or placed above the top of the plate, as part of a traditional setting, for the dessert course. The set of 12, pictured below is available in our boutique, in its original velvet lined wood box (circa late 19th c. early 20th c.)

 

 

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3 – THE TIERED TRAY

 

If you are going to serve afternoon tea, it is nice to have a tiered tray. The one below is Fitz & Foyd, Versailles Bleu, from Replacements. They have this really fun service that converts some of the china patterns on their site to two or three tiered trays. Look for a particular pattern you like and see if it is offered.

 

 

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If you are looking for an all silver version, the two below are great options. The two tier stand, the Cambridge Collection, is silver plate over steel from Sur La Table on sale at the moment ($90.96). The three-tiered is also silver plate and it is from Christofle (Three-Tier Dessert Stand ALBI, $1,280).

 

 

Images courtesy of Christofle and Sur La Table, compilation by Sugar et Cie

 

4 – THE LINEN

 

How does Ladurée create its look of continuity and elegance? The backdrop is is simple: bare wood, bare marble and/or fine white linens. Monogrammed linens, especially white on white, add elegance and a touch of custom luxury to your table setting. It’s not too hard to find Antique linens with monograms that are in great shape and high in quality, but a little bit of knowledge is helpful. We’ll dedicate another post to this topic.

 

We have some amazing antique linen coming to our site shortly from Italy, purchased on a recent buying trip (Italy & England): a set of 6 white linen napkins, hand stitched with the initials “C” or “G” and “L”. They are 100% linen, of excellent quality, circa 1900. A pair of white linen pillow cases (100% linen) also circa 1900, monogrammed with the initials “W.S.”. And set of vintage Irish Double Damask (100%) Linen tablecloth and napkins, original with labels, never used, white on white – stunning!

 

A FEW OF LADUREE’S SOURCES:

 

Baccarat – Crystal

Cristofle – Silver

Madeleine Castaing (distributed by Edmond Petit distributed by Codimat) – Fabric

Royale – Limoges

Saint Louis – Crystal

Sèvres – Porcelain

Wedgewood – Bone China

 

A FEW OF OUR SOURCES (INSPIRED BY MADELEINE CASTAING’S PHILOSOPHY):

 

Tableware – Replacements.com, Bernardaud, eBay, Ruby Lane, Etsy, Tabula Tua

Silver – Gryphon Estate Silver, eBay, auctions, antique markets

Macarons – Ladurée (opening a U.S. eCommerce site soon, call a U.S. store in the meantime and place a phone order. Or Chantal Guillon, pictured above and can be purchased online.

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