Lauded as an icon of fashion in her day, the last queen of France still holds court in the hearts of those who admire her extravagant style. Amid the priceless luxuries of amity and repartee, toast guests with an array of desserts at a celebration fit for royalty.
Festive occasions provide the perfect opportunity to use beloved china, and setting the scene for an elegant soirée is easier than one might imagine. Above: Layering pieces from Royal Crown Derby, Haviland, and Wawel adds interest to this grouping. Rose petals draw the eye to sparkling Glastonbury-Lotus stemware, while blooms from palest blush to vibrant magenta add a lavish touch.
At this feminine gathering, an antique vanity set, pictured above left, becomes a delightful conversation piece. Thoughtful attention to detail renders a delectable variety of bakery offerings even more appetizing. Above right, a chocolate-dipped strawberry and single blossom add the finishing touches to a plate of pâtisserie favorites.
With its encrusted borders and delicate buds, the Chas Field Haviland vintage pattern Marie Antoinette is ideal for showcasing confections. The masterful designs of New York pastry chef Amber Spiegel highlight this assortment. Her frosted cookies—flavored with orange zest, vanilla bean, and cardamom—reach their pinnacle with hand-piped icing bouquets, cameos shaped from gum paste, and accents painted with a mixture of gold luster dust and vodka.
Text Melissa Lester
Photography Stephanie Welbourne Steele
Styling Melissa Sturdivant Smith
For behind-the-scenes glimpses and tips on cookie preparation from pastry chef Amber Spiegel, see “Marie Antoinette Cookies: A How-To From SweetAmbs.” For more beautiful entertaining inspirations, see “The Joie de Vivre of Marie Antoinette” on page 83 in the January/February 2017 issue of Victoria.