Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

How to Create the Amazing $30,000 Met Gala Table Setting

What’s THE party of the year?

Probably the Met Gala, held the first Monday in May at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to raise money for their Costume Institute.  It’s like the Oscars, but with more panache, since it’s all about fashion.

Each year the event has a theme.  Guests are encouraged to dress accordingly, so stars and their stylists go into overdrive planning their looks.  For many celebs, being photographed at the Met Gala is almost as important as appearing in Vogue.  That’s why stars like Gisele and Tom, Beyonce, and Rihanna really, really dress up:

 

Rihanna in Comme des Garcons - Met Gala 2017 (Eonline)

Rihanna in Comme des Garcons – Met Gala 2017: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons”  (Eonline)

Emma Watson 2016 (Elle magazine)

Emma Watson in a dress made from recycled plastic bottles by Calvin Klein/Green Carpet Challenge – Met Gala 2016: “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology” (Elle)

 

Rihanna wearing Guo Pei - Met Gala 2015: "China: Through the Looking Glass" (Vanity Fair)

Rihanna in Guo Pei – Met Gala 2015: “China: Through the Looking Glass” (Vanity Fair)

 

Beyonce and Jay-Z: Met Gala 2015 (Bustle)

Beyonce in Givenchy and Jay-Z – Met Gala 2015: “China: Through the Looking Glass”(Bustle)

This is also THE most exclusive social event in New York City.  Tickets to the black-tie affair are $30,000 each (yes, you read that right), and a table goes for $275,000 — more than the average American house.  But even if you had your platinum card ready, you have to get invited first.  Attendance is strictly by invitation only, with the guest list personally vetted by Anna Wintour and Vogue.  Only 550 guests were invited in 2017, so consider yourself very lucky if you were one of them!

For the 2017 Met Gala, which honored Rei Kawakubo/Commes des Garcons, event designer Raul Avila drew inspiration from the appliqued violets in one of her Fall 2007 looks:

Commes des Garcons Fall 2007/Met Gala 2017 (Vogue)

Commes des Garcons Fall 2007/Met Gala 2017 (Vogue)

 

If you were on the guest list, this is what you would’ve been treated to once you walked in:

Met Gala 2017 Floral Decor (Vogue)

Met Gala 2017 Floral Decor (Vogue)

Met Gala 2017 Decor (Vogue)

Met Gala 2017 Decor (Vogue)

 

After cocktails and the exhibit, you would have gone on to the formal dinner:

Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

The rooms were flooded with light and detailed with green hedges – Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

 

Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

Another view of the room: note how the alternating use of pink and red linens makes the room come alive – Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

Playing off Raul’s whimsical floral theme, the gala featured gorgeous table settings by Eaddy Kiernan, who used pink and red linen tablecloths, Caskata peony blue-and-white china, Cutipol Goa gold and black flatware, and Vietri’s optical gold wine glasses.  And in a nod to Ms. Kawakubo’s Japanese heritage, each guest was presented with a sake cup and a pair of chopsticks.

Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

The edges of the stemware echoed the gold ballroom chairs – Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

 

Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

The contemporary black flatware paired perfectly with the sake cups and the gold shakers – Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

Here’s a close-up of your table setting when you sat down.  You can see that every detail is perfectly thought out:

Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

Ms. Anna Wintour’s place setting – Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

 

Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

A closeup of the plates from Caskata, which featured oversized peonies and were color-matched to the programs – Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

 

Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

It’s party time! – Met Gala 2017 (courtesy Vogue)

For the rest of us who, eh, couldn’t make it that night, it’s not hard to put together a party like this at home.

Just start with a couple of gorgeously colored tablecloths (and remember to think like a stylist, and pick colors that photograph well) …

Festival Table Linens - available in 101 colors

Festival Table Linens – available in 101 colors

Add in dinnerware with graphic, oversized flowers (this is fashion, don’t be subtle) …

Caskata Peonies Blue Dinnerware

Caskata Peonies Blue Dinnerware

And then layer in your gold and black accents.  For stemware, stick with something classic and elegant …

Vietri Optical Gold Stemware

Vietri Optical Gold Stemware

And then introduce something a bit edgier for your flatware.

Herdmar Oslo Black Flatware

Herdmar Oslo Black Flatware

And finally, bring in a touch of the exotic.  Easy, with chopsticks …

L'Objet Chopsticks - Gold

L’Objet Chopsticks – Gold

 

… paired with Pagoda shakers detailed with pearls …

L'Objet Pagoda Gold Salt & Pepper Shakers

L’Objet Pagoda Gold Salt & Pepper Shakers

And sake cups!

Jaune de Chrome Bora Bora Sake Cup

Jaune de Chrome Bora Bora Sake Cup

Toasts all around!  What a gorgeous table you’ve created!

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