An Exclusive Look at Isabelle de Borchgrave’s Design Process

Acclaimed artist Isabelle de Borchgrave partnered with Villeroy & Boch for the Artesano Provencal dinnerware collection. The design is full of color and beauty, which are true to Borchgrave’s unique style.

Here’s an exclusive look at Borchgrave’s design process:

Quick DIY Seating Card Ideas for Your Next Dinner Party

When hosting a dinner, whether casual or formal, seating cards are always a fantastic touch. Not only do seating cards help to avoid delay when guests arrive, they also give each place setting a wonderfully personalized greeting. If you are hosting a dinner party but forgot to purchase seating cards, worry not! You can create quick, beautiful seating cards in just a few moments. Here are four quick ideas for seating cards at your next party, no matter the theme.

Seating Cards for Elegant Dinner Parties

Ribbon seating cards on Modern Grace dinnerware

Everyone has ribbon in their homes in a craft of gift-wrap closet. Grab a spool of ribbon in a color that matches your theme and cut pieces that are long enough to wrap around your salad plates. Wrap each salad plate in the ribbon and tie it off with a dramatic bow. Take a marker or a gel pen and write each name across the ribbon. Complete the look by layering the salad plate atop the dinner plate and sliding a napkin under the ribbon for a simple, elegant addition to your dinner party.


Seating Cards for Outdoor Garden Parties

Nature inspired seating cards on Althea Nova dinnerware

If you are hosting a dinner party in an outdoor garden or your dinner party features a nature theme, be sure to have name cards that match. One quick and easy way to incorporate your nature theme is to grab a few unused garden stakes from your gardening tools. Write each guest’s name across the front and set it at each place setting. The earthy tones and feel will fit your nature theme beautifully.


Seating Cards for Country-Themed Dinner Parties

Country inspired name cards on French Garden dinnerware

For a dinner party with a casually welcoming country feel, there’s no better way to set the mood than with vibrant produce. Take apples, pears or any other fruit you have on hand and remove the leaves if they are on the fruits still. Cut out leaves from construction paper, write a guest’s name on each and then pin one leaf onto each fruit. Place one fruit at each setting to welcome guests as they arrive.


Seating Cards for Casual Dinner Parties

Unique Name Card Ideas

Forego the traditional rules of table arrangements and gather your guests’ flatware and napkin into a mason jar for a unique way to decorate each place setting. Simply tie a tag with each guests’ name around the neck of the mason jars and- Viola!- you have instant, stylish seating cards for your casual dinner party!


Be sure to share your DIY seating cards with us on Instagram @VilleroyBochUSA!

BBQ Recipes for 4th of July Celebrations

4th of July Entertaining

As you get ready for 4th of July entertaining, we dug into our archives and found an exquisite recipe for you to try at this weekend’s barbecues. Your guests will be impressed by this wonderful dish that delightfully blends sweet and savory. Versatile too, this dish can be served as an appetizer or a dessert.


Dessert served in Ultimate BBQServes 4 people

Basil ice cream:

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 200 g cream
  • 200 ml milk
  • 50 g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Bunch basil

In addition:

  • 2 figs
  • 1/4 sugar melon
  • 2 tbsps. liquid honey
  • 1 small sprig rosemary
  • 75 g Roquefort


  1. For the ice cream, cut the vanilla pod in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Mix both with cream, milk, sugar, egg and egg yolk in a metal bowl. Beat until foamy on the top; allow to cool, remove the pod.
  2. Rinse the basil, pat it dry and chop finely. Stir it into the vanilla milk and freeze in an ice-cream maker for 1-4 hours (continual stirring).
  3. Prepare the fruits. Cut the figs in half, divide the melon into two wedges. Grill the figs on the rack for 1–2 minutes and the melons on each side for 2–3 minutes.
  4. Put the fruits into each of the bowls. Drizzle honey over the figs. Rinse the rosemary, pluck off the needles and crumble with the Roquefort cheese over the top. Scoop the basil ice cream into small balls and serve with the melon (serve the rest of the ice cream as an accompaniment). Garnish with rosemary or basil as desired.


You can find more Villeroy & Boch BBQ recipes here.