Team Bethenny?

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Generally speaking, when it comes to Real Housewives of New York, our loyalties lie with Team Bethenny.  She seems to be the most sincere of the bunch, and she's funny.  Bethenny has done a good job building her brand- she obviously has business sense, and we respect that.  But when I received the February 2011 House Beautiful the other day and saw the "Baby Shower Tablescape" that she designed, I was really taken aback.

Truly it is one of the most depressing tables I've ever seen.  From the black tablecloth to the jet black stemware to the matte silver vases, all this black and chrome seems befitting of a NASCAR party at the Jiffy Lube, certainly not a baby shower.  I can understand that baby booties and diaper cakes might not be Bethenny's thing, but it is possible to set a pretty table without pastels and petit fours (although personally, I love both). 

Between this tablescape and Jill Zarin's Apartment in Traditional Home, we REALLY want to know what Real Housewives of NYC exec has such an "in" with the fancy shelter magazine world! 

Not wanting to offer criticism without some constructive suggestions, here are some baby shower table settings we think are both beautiful and appropriate, yet void of baby pinks and blues.  From orange to kelly green to deep yellow to purple, these tables are cheerful and vibrant.  After all, the point of a baby shower is to celebrate new life!

Martha Stewart

Eddie Ross

The Celebration Shoppe

Martha Stewart

So what do you think about a black-and-chrome baby shower?

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