Liz Curtis, CEO

THE CONCEPT

Entertaining in your home should be effortless, chic, and convenient. Whether you’re planning a dinner party, client event, bridal shower, holidays with your family, or just a night in with the girls, Table + Teaspoon has you covered.  The best part is that you don’t have to buy or wash anything.  Instead, you rent the table.  If you’ve never thrown a party and have no idea where to begin, or simply want to add the latest design to your already polished aesthetic, Table + Teaspoon makes elegant entertaining easy.

THE PROCESS

The online service gives you the ability to select one of six exclusive packages, all containing an oversized luxury textile runner, dual-sided napkins, dinner plate, salad plate, gold, rose gold or silver flatware, stemless wine glass, water glass, menu card, place card, paper straw, taper candles, and candlesticks. Input your guest count and party date, then the order is delivered to your doorstep.  After the party, repack dirty dishware and linens in the box the settings arrived in, and returned to Table + Teaspoon for cleaning.

THE STORY

Table + Teaspoon is an on-demand tabletop design service with the goal of making entertaining accessible for everyone. The company is the brainchild of Liz Curtis, a former successful corporate litigator who left the law to pursue her passion for entertaining and design.  Born as a cooking blog in 2009, Table + Teaspoon quickly established itself as a premier event planning, interior design, and private catering firm. In August, Table + Teaspoon re-entered the market with on-demand tabletop rentals. From textiles to flatware, each part of the six packages was designed by Liz. The San Francisco based company offers service throughout California and will expand into key markets in the coming months.

THE FOUNDER

Liz is a native of the Bay Area and graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. After earning her JD and passing the California State Bar Exam, Liz found herself on the fast track in corporate litigation. She gained years of hands-on experience as a clerk to a Northern California Federal District Judge and at various firms in focuses including mobile patent and complex commercial litigation. While stimulating, Liz knew deep down that the law did not have her heart. And so, in her spare time, she began dabbling in her true love: entertaining.

Liz founded Table + Teaspoon in 2009 as a cooking blog focused on simplifying recipes so that everyone would feel comfortable in the kitchen. After realizing that this was her passion, she was faced with a fork in the road: stick with her career in law or continue to follow her heart down the path of entertaining. She chose the latter. Liz committed herself to Table + Teaspoon full-time, and year after year she found herself busier than ever planning events of all sizes. With recipe development down to a T, Liz knew that there was so much more to learn. She dove headfirst into the entertaining world, getting her hands dirty in event décor, weddings, interior design and catering through planning countless events for private, non-profit, and corporate clients.

While many would be satisfied in finding such success in their passion project, Liz couldn’t help but look ahead. It was one fateful day in the summer of 2015 when the next phase of Table + Teaspoon came to her. While picking up yet another order from an enormous party rental warehouse in South San Francisco she asked herself, “in a city where we can literally order anything on-demand, why not tablescapes?” Liz knew firsthand that pulling everything together to serve a meal can be more daunting than preparing the meal itself. So right then and there it became her mission to make elegant entertaining accessible to everyone. After a year of thoughtful research, planning and design, Table + Teaspoon reentered the market as the first “rent the table” service.

Liz isn’t one to stay idle. When she’s not at the Table + Teaspoon showroom, she does pro bono legal and mentor work with foster youth. In May of 2016 she led an effort that raised $500,000 for SFCASA (San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates), the nationwide organization that empowers everyday citizens to advocate for foster children. Liz also serves as Vice President of the ArtPoint Board of Directors for the San Francisco Fine Art Museums, including the de Young Museum and Legion of Honor.