Whether you are new to the world of luxury yacht charter or looking to take your first private yacht vacation this winter, there is something you will come across quite often – tablescapes and the deliciously prepared food that lies upon them by your private chef. What you may not know is the attention to detail and work that goes into preparing a table that will “wow” you and your fellow charter guests.
Follow along with some inspiration from seasoned yacht stewardesses you can expect to see when onboard your Caribbean yacht charter this winter with help from HIVE Collective.
Inspiration 1 – Trendy Techniques
Depending on where your yacht charter takes place and when, your stewardess will do their best to pull in local trends. While in the Caribbean, you may notice local greenery on the table, accented by more natural earth and wood tones.
Inspiration 2 – Light Accents
You may notice little tea lights or other lighting to set the mood for your meals. When dining under the stars in the Caribbean, there is another emerging trend with subtle battery-operated table lamps, or even lightly fragranced diffusers to help set the tone.
Inspiration 3 – Understated is Best
If using a major focal point like fresh flowers as a centerpiece, your stewardess will work with complementary pieces to pull the colors and influence of the flowers into the associated pieces. Layers of dinnerware, elegant napkins and placements will work to complete the table’s overall design.
Inspiration 4 – Polished and Ready to Go
When onboard a yacht charter, you will experience white glove service at every turn. And this includes the presentation of your table. Once they’ve worked so hard to create a themed meal setting, your stewardesses will make sure every piece of stemware is polished and ready for you.
A yacht charter ties in elements from other high-end vacations – attention to detail, personalized service from the yacht crew, luxury accommodations and personalized itineraries in some of the world’s most beautiful locations.
The tablescapes featured in this article were designed and sourced from Hive Home, Gift, & Garden. Hive’s Floral Design Studio’s stunning arrangements and delicious treats from Hive’s Bakery Cafe are also showcased. Liz Nooney of Hive for Yachts shares, “Formal dining tablescapes have evolved to be more playful and inviting. Our team created an elevated coastal look by mixing traditional pieces with casual elements—such as placing our Herend collectibles with our Tisch NY shell placemats. Layering various styles of China from Raynaud Limoge and Anna Weatherly helps evoke a whimsical dining atmosphere. Additionally, it is always important to create variations of height throughout a tablescape. This can be done through glassware, centerpieces, as well as flower arrangements. A beautiful floral is a great way to bring color into the space and tie it all together. For this tablescape, our in-house Floral Design Team pulled color from the dinnerware to create a show-stopping arrangement—with pops of the new 2024 color of the year, Peach Fuzz.”