Monday, August 10, 2009

august article for Tastebud Magazine. photographed at my mom's lake house.
Inspired by Berries

By late summer farmer’s markets will be bursting with berries and backyard planters will be full of trailing vines and flowers. Use these as inspiration for a casual summer table. Colors come from ripe strawberries, raspberries and blueberries among others.
Start by choosing dishes in shades of blue and red with hints of silver. Here I started with traditional blue camping plates topped with pewter bowls. Layer in coordinating tea towels (these make for great napkins because they are large and usually do not need to be ironed after washing). Add in simple, sturdy glass and silverware to complete each place setting.Feature the beautiful berries in the centerpiece of this table by displaying them in simple white crocks. Place these on a large silver platter along with several simple glass vases filled with cuttings of fern, ageratum and geraniums from overflowing planters and gardens. Include recycled jelly jars in unique shapes filled with toasted almond slices and coconut to turn this centerpiece into dessert. After lunch is enjoyed al fresco, guests can scoop up the delicious berries and top with honey or fresh whipped cream and sprinkle with the almonds and coconut. Easy for the host and easily enjoyed by the guests!

About Me

my name is heather and i have three crazy, creative, funny, winey, smart, loving and sweet children (henry, charlie and lucy). we love exploring around town and playing at home. i love creating whether it is with fresh flowers, fabrics, papers or whatever inspires me on a particular day.