Silent Sunday 5-1-2016
1 hour ago
Design, gardening, entertaining, cooking and other amusing things. Est. 2008
|The graphic quilt used as a tablecloth was made by Keith's mother.|
|Designer Keith Carroll.|
|A plate of of Pimento Cheese sandwiches and Prosecco are ready for guests in the entry.|
Of course the southern idea of having a good time all the time is something I live and entertain by.
|The charming dinner plates are made from the artwork of Louisiana native African-American folk artist Clementine Hunter.|
|A frozen fruit salad to start the meal.|
Include something fun and whimsical on the table...it gives guests something to talk about!
Start the meal with an unexpected appetizer...not the usual green salad. A frozen salad or unique chilled soup. Keep it fun and interesting!
|A homemade Million Dollar Poundcake with strawberries was served for dessert.|
|A country fresh mix of tulips and Queen Anne's Lace were used for the center piece.|
|A vibrant and joyful tapestry of tulips in the Annual Border at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.|
|A mix of colors and types of tulips creates an unforgettable display.|
Clearly the effect is in massing and not sparseness.
|La Belle Epoque tulip.|
The creamy beige/tan and frills of La Belle Epoque put it at the top of my want list for next years garden.
|Green Star is a beauty of green and white.|
|Apricot Beauty and hyacinths|
|The style setters intimate dining room.|
|The host: designer James Andrew in front of his vast collection of design books.|
|A paisley table cloth and Aynsley dinner plates create the background for each place setting. An inspired mix of a patterned salad plate and napkin add interest to each place setting.|
I like to start with a little cocktail hour in the living room - drinks and some little nibbly things and then go into the dining room for dinner.
|A collection of patriotic red, white and blue glasses and centerpiece add sparkle to the table.|
Style icons like Deeda Blair, Valentino, Alberto Pinto, The Duchess of Windsor, The Slatkin Clan- the list is endless - these people have informed my own taste and how I set a table and aspire to entertain.
|Using an object like this melon tureen makes a great no fuss alternative to flowers as a centerpiece.|
|The garden in late spring already has a variety of lettuces and roses ready to be picked.|
|A must - the white flowers of scented tobacco fill the garden with a heavenly fragrance each summer.|
|These potaoes par boiled and tossed with butter and summer savory make a great side dish.|
|The garden mid summer: a wealth of abundance with the air of a jungle.|
|Tomatoes ripen in the sun alongside leeks, lettuce and white marigolds in the background. |
My idea of garden happiness.