The holidays may be over, but we’re keeping the celebratory spirit alive with five festive tablescapes for you to try at home! Check out our simple tips to make your table stand out, and get the look with table settings from Fortessa — with their dinnerware and silverware lines now debuting at Williams-Sonoma!

Styling: Jesse Tombs of Alison Events.  Photography by Christina McNeill.


Nautical Tablescape

To add a touch of soft femininity to a nautical-inspired spread, pull in a potted plant. Fresh fruit is an inexpensive way to add color and seasonal flair to your table!


Nautical inspired tablescape: Fortessa’s Bone China Taura Gold Banded Plates // Fortessa’s Arezzo Brushed Gold Silverware // Schott Zwiesel Tritan Distil Grey Skye // Williams-Sonoma Washed Linen Napkin // Menu, Oar Place Card: Yonder Design // Linen: Ralph Lauren Home Collection // Potted Plant: Whole Foods


Desert Tablescape

This tablescape is both rustic and elegant. For texture, consider a unique tabletop or linen, pair it with a few potted cacti and bold napkin! Fortessa’s tableware, silverware and glassware add an element of understated elegance.



Desert inspired tablescape: Fortessa’s Coupe Plates // Fortessa’s Dragonfly Silverware // Schott Zwiesel Distil Aberdeen Barware // Schott Zwiesel Special Saucer Champagne Coupe // Printed Menu: Yonder Design // Napkin Ring: Williams-Sonoma


Napa Valley Wine Country

Try bunching up your favorite table runner instead of laying it flat…it’s a one-second way to add depth and texture! For the floral centerpiece, we purchased peonies from Whole Foods for a simple single floral centerpiece.



Napa Valley & Wine Country inspired tablescape: Bella Vita Provence Plates // Fortessa’s Bistro Flatware // Schott Zwiesel Tritan Stemware // Menu, Place Card: Yonder Design // Peonies: Whole Foods


Spring Farm Table

No vase? No Problem! Simply laying freshly cut florals on a table adds a simple, unfussy and fresh look. Pair it with a favorite table runner (or fold a linen down to size) for a polished finish.



Spring farm table inspired tablescape: Fortessa Bone China Purio Plates // Fortessa’s Lucca Faceted Flatware // Schott Zwiesel Tritan Pure Barware


Tropical Tablescape

This tropical-inspired tablescape gets an extra-special touch from a unique candle holder. Don’t be afraid to feature your most unique table accessories. Don’t have any flowers on hand? Incorporate your favorite fruits for a bold look!


Tropical inspired tablescape: Fortessa Rim Plates // Fortessa’s Forge Flatware // Schott Zwiesel Tritan Pure Stemware


DON’T FORGET.  Fortessa has an amazing sweepstakes happening right now!  Enter by Jan. 31 — you can win a delicious trip to Sonoma, California! We took the same exact trip this fall and had an absolute blast. Thanks to Alison Events for helping us with these festive table arrangements, and to Christina McNeill for all the lovely photography!


Fortessa and Schott Zwiesel products can be found at Williams-Sonoma stores and online, and at Shop Fortessa. This is a sponsored conversation written by Snippet & Ink on behalf of Fortessa. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the partnerships that we believe in and that help to keep Snippet & Ink running.

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Calling all Bay Area brides! On February 28, Gump’s is putting on San Francisco’s most elegant bridal event — Wedding Chic. Even better news? Gump’s is giving away 2 FREE TICKETS (a $60 value!) PLUS  $250 TOWARDS ANY PURCHASE AT GUMPS! It’s  a perfect opportunity to bring your mom and best girlfriends and make a day out of it in downtown San Francisco!



This is a completely curated event, showcasing the best fine china, wedding decor and more in the Bay Area. Some of our favorite Select vendors will be there, including Kathleen Deery DesignDowney Street Events and Weddings on Film! Be sure not to miss sweets from Perfect Endings — they designed the cake for Kathryn’s San Francisco wedding! Plus, you’ll also get to meet other notable vendors including Austin Cocktails, Marina Morrison Bridal Salon, Sylvie Gil Photography, Sounds Ahead and Taste Catering.



Where else can you sip sparkling cocktails, enjoy gourmet bites and browse beautifully-styled tables brimming with inspiration for the wedding of your dreams, all for under $30?! Plus, Gump’s registry consultants will be on standby to answer all of your most pressing questions, and help with curating your must-haves registry items!



Wedding Chic takes place on Sunday, February 28, 2016, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at 135 Post St., San Francisco, CA. Tickets are $30 and include complimentary valet parking, a gift bag of wedding surprises, cocktails, delicious desserts, door prizes, and the chance to meet and speak with Gump’s wedding registry experts and premier wedding vendors.



To enter to win 2 tickets to Gump’s Wedding Chic bridal event (a $60 value) + $250 toward any purchase at Gump’s,  follow THIS LINK entering your name and email, then leave a comment on our Facebook post telling us about your wedding and what you’re most looking forward to about this bridal event! Good luck!


*Note: Comments on this post DO NOT enter you in the contest. See rules above.


Contest begins Monday, January 25, 2016 at 9:30AM PST, and ends Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 11:59PM PST. Winner will be selected by Snippet & Ink and announced on this post. Please note: winner must live in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec). Official contest rules.


Photography by Sylvie Gil.


This post is sponsored by Gump’s, home of Wedding Chic, San Francisco’s most elegant bridal event.

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What kind of jewelry are you going to wear on your big day? A set of classic diamond studs? A pair of boho rose gold bangles? Bridal jewelry is a detail that’s often left until the end, but some seriously stunning sparkle can truly make or break your look. We can’t think of a better source for bridal jewelry than Shawn Warren Jewelry. They’ve got so many styles, at the right price point for any budget and any occasion…what about a pair of white gold ear jackets for your bridesmaids?

Today, we are so excited to share with you some of our favorite pieces from Shawn Warren Jewelry. Be sure to follow all the way to the bottom for an amazing giveaway!


Fiona Diamond Slice Studs // White Sapphire Leaf Cut Earrings // Orin Bar Stud Earrings // Orin Crescent Necklace // Orin Pear Jacket Earrings


Aside from their online store, Shawn Warren offers white glove service and personalized styling at their private showroom in Manhattan. Believe us, Shawn Warren is guaranteed to help you find the perfect finishing touch for you special day.


And now for the most exciting part — the giveaway! One very lucky Snippet and Ink reader has the chance to win their very own pair of Orin Diamond Bar Stud Earrings. The winner may choose from 14K Rose Gold, 14K White Gold or 14K White Gold with Black Rhodium. TO ENTER: Follow this link! Be sure to follow us on Facebook.  You must comment on our FACEBOOK POST letting us know which piece of Jewelry you love the most.  GOOD LUCK!

*Note:  Comments on this post DO NOT enter you in the contest.  See rules above. 

Contest begins Monday January 18, 2016 at 9:30AM PDT, and ends Sunday January 24, 2016 at 11:59PM PDT. The winners will be selected at random by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winner must live in the United States.

This post is sponsored by Shawn Warren Jewelry, who makes fine jewelry designed to wear from day to night in a variety of gold, diamonds and gemstones. From sparkling studs to modern bracelets, Shawn Warren is your go-to bridal jeweler. 

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In our increasingly email-centric world, we think there’s still nothing quite so nice as receiving a note in the mail — especially when it’s a beautifully designed wedding invitation or save-the-date! But sending out hundreds of invitations or holiday cards can be super intimidating…and that’s where Postable comes in.



Postable‘s site offers some seriously stylish snail mail (all 100% recycled). You pick your design and type up your message, right there on the site.



These aren’t e-cards — they’re real, beautiful paper cards created by some of the best designers around. And if you fancy the look of real handwriting, Postable has all the fonts you need to make your cards look like you wrote and addressed them yourself.



Postable‘s free address book takes only a minute to set up. Receive a personalized link to send to family and friends, too, which takes them to an easy-to-fill-out form. Then, you can mail out all your cards with the click of a button.



Postable is so easy to use (it’s mobile-friendly!) and they have cards for every occasion you’ll ever need. We can’t stop looking at their wedding suite!



Now the part I know you’ve been waiting for – the giveaway!  Postable is giving away to TWO  lucky Snippet & Ink readers $250 towards any Postable product of their choice.  TO ENTER:  Follow this link!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and comment on our Facebook post letting us know you entered. GOOD LUCK!

*Note:  Comments on this post DO NOT enter you in the contest.  See rules above. 

Contest begins Monday January 11, 2016 at 9:30AM PDT, and ends Sunday January 17, 2016 at 11:59PM PDT. The winners will be selected at random by Snippet & Ink, and notified by email. Please note: winner must live in the United States. 

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Last month we had the pleasure of enjoying a delicious trip to Sonoma (you might have seen a sneak peek on our Instagram) courtesy of Williams-Sonoma, the Fairmont Sonoma, and Fortessa, and today not only do we get to recap the trip, we get to tell you how you can win the exact same trip!



– Domestic airfare for two.

– Three-day / Two-night stay  at Fairmont Sonoma.

– VIP tour and cooking class at the flagship Williams-Sonoma store.

– Two dinners at some of Sonoma’s finest restaurants.

– VIP tour & wine tasting at Silver Oak Vineyard.


Day One: 

A limousine picked us up at SFO and whisked us off to the Sonoma wine country (with a glass of rosé in hand, of course).

The first night, we were spoiled by a 4-course candlelit welcome dinner at The Girl and the Fig’s Suite D. A cuisine filled with local ingredients including beef filet, butternut squash gratin and wild mushrooms, almond brown butter cake with strawberries, and all served on Fortessa’s warm white, restaurant quality dinnerware, available in a style for every table. One of our favorite things from the night was Fortessa’s unique champagne glasses: they are made with special etched points in the glass that keeps champagne and sparkling wine bubbling the whole time, not just when it’s first poured. Adding that to our list of registry favorites for sure!


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After dinner we settled into our gorgeous rooms at the Fairmont Sonoma. I mean, just look at this bed with its perfect painting of the vineyards:



From the complimentary bottle of wine, to the Le Labo bath products, to the turn down service, staying at the Fairmont Sonoma was a totally luxurious experience – it would be perfect for a honeymoon or mini-moon! They even have bicycles you can take out and ride around the area, although we were so busy with fun events we didn’t have a chance. Next time…


Day Two:

The next day we headed to the recently reopened Williams-Sonoma flagship store for a cooking demonstration…



Last year, when founder Chuck Williams celebrated his 99th birthday, the team at Williams-Sonoma surprised him by reopening his original store – and it is gorgeous. Checkered floors, huge kitchen, a whole house full of the best kitchen and tabletop items from Williams-Sonoma and Williams-Sonoma Home, plus a backyard garden for parties and events. If we weren’t so comfy in our Fairmont Sonoma digs, we would have wanted to spend the whole trip there!


(The pineapple logo, representing hospitality, has been part of Williams-Sonoma from the beginning, and the hand-painted sign that Chuck Williams hung when he first opened the store in 1956 is back at the reopened flagship. We love details like that!)


Chef Thomas McNaughton is the chef behind some of San Francisco’s most popular restaurants like Flour + Water and Central Kitchen, and he was there to show us how to make pasta. Total foodie fangirl moment!

After a wine tasting in Napa, we ended the day with a farewell dinner at Fairmont Sonoma, complete with a wine pairing (served in Fortessa‘s gorgeous break-resistant glasses) for each of the five courses – including dessert!



All in all it was an incredible time, and we’re so excited that our readers have the chance to win the same awesome trip to Sonoma. For more details and to enter, head on over to the sweepstakes page.

A huge thank you FortessaWilliams-Sonoma, and the Fairmont Sonoma for a wonderful experience. We can’t wait to go back!


This is a sponsored conversation written by Snippet & Ink on behalf of Fortessa. The opinions and text are all mine. Thank you for supporting the partnerships that we believe in and that help to keep Snippet & Ink running.

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