Crystal and sterling silver table setting

Credit: Bob Hiemstra, styling by Catherine Leithold

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Striking silhouettes and fine detail make the monochrome table anything but monotonous.

Dust off those odd pieces of crystal that Aunt Ida left you for this single-color scheme. Not only does the crystal and silver approach simplify matters, says Matthew, but it also allows textural elements to take center stage. Candlelight gives a dynamic shimmer to the table as it picks up the glistening tablecloth (made from iridescent City Slicker fabric, $120 a yard, Pollack Associates) and the cut-crystal surfaces.

Sterling-silver menorah ($12,000, Asprey); Diamanti champagne flute ($105 for two), tall martini glass ($105 for two), and short martini glass ($105 for two), all Salviati; Sterling Antique flatware ($435 for a five-piece place setting, Reed & Barton); round pewter-colored plate ($59, the Conran Shop); Mille Nuits large plate ($260) and salad plate ($160), both by Mathias for Baccarat; white linen napkin with silver coral embroidery ($35) and silver gum-ball napkin ring ($18, both Bergdorf Goodman); Waterlily crystal candleholders ($275 each, Swarovski); hand-gilded place cards ($28 for 25 cards, Smythson of Bond Street); decanters ($86 each, Global Views); Beaufort silver-plated, footed compote used as vase ($94, Lauren Home, Ralph Lauren); and tortoiseshell mini-saltcellar ($135) and spoon ($95), both Steuben.