Monday, May 18, 2009

A little supper

This past Thursday I had some friends over for a little supper. Nothing fancy, just a little pasta and salad after work. I set the table the night before.I know you're not supposed to put flowers with a lot of fragrance on the dinner table, but I couldn't resist these pretty peonies!Easy as 1, 2,3 -I think it turned out ok. Beats pizza at the coffee table!

21 comments:

the sweet life with olives said...

A really lovely table. After all, it's the small things that count. As they say good friends, good food... and pretty peonies!

Purple Flowers said...

Simple and elegant is the way to be. You executed it well.

Paris Atelier said...

What a pretty setting. Lucky friends to have you as their host! I love the flatware and I don't blame you for the Peonies! My favorite! :)
xoxo
Judith~

Scott Fazzini said...

I'm wild about the bamboo flatware!!

Blue said...

Great to come home to and very welcoming for guests to arrive and see this - they knew immediately it was gonna be a good evening.

YSLGuy said...

Gorgeous place setting. I love your china!

home before dark said...

Peonies trump any scentless rule.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Thanks, everyone!

Sadly the peonies lasted about 4 days before just wilting and loosing all of their petals -i used the flower food and changed the water daily -any tips from anyone?

Scott, I bought the flatware as my 'everyday' years ago at crate and barrel -they still carry it! Made by Hamilton I think...really heavy and still looks new after 7 years (and numerous roomates!).

YSL, thanks! I've posted it before, the salad plate is from my set of 'cuckoo' by Wedgwood and the entree plate is vintage by Minton.

Style Redux 2 said...

Stefan-Truly lovely. You should own A Passion for Flowers by Caroylne Roehm. When you are cutting them from the garden you scrape and split the stem and plunge them in hot water. In Thomas Circle, I don't think you cut them from the garden. The ones you bought were probably held too long and/or not conditioned properly. Not your fault. I'm sure it was a lovely 4 days though!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Beth, I briefly read the book, at the library! your favorite place!! I had bought them at whole foods, I'm sure they had sat there for a week before I bought them. Hot water, good to know -i used cold! I did split and scrape the stems at least.

Cote de Texas said...

So pretty - i love it reflected.
you should enter it in Tablescapes Thursday - this would be perfect for it!!!

allie in g'town said...

Okay, I just referenced my flower bible, "The Flowers of La Grenouille" which says "rush water to blossoms by putting in a little bit of hot water, then in one pint water w/3T sugar. Keep in a cool place at all times; peonies wilt quickly in heat." Hope this helps for future arrangements of my fav flower!

ps...they still looked beautiful on Saturday!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Allie, thanks so much! sugar -would never have thought of that! Somehow it was immediate on Sunday -they just wilted within an hour -so odd. I guess they knew to survive through Saturdays events!

ALL THE BEST said...

Beautiful! Your table always looks amazing!

pve design said...

You design everything with style and grace.

thomas said...

i love how you set a table! beautiful!

Habitually Chic said...

I love your china! When I finally get married, I'm going to take you with me when I register! Heck, maybe I should take you with me now and forget the husband ;-)

Janet said...

You are a consummate host! Everything is beautiful.

Style Court said...

I love your china, too! Such a pretty table with the peonies. Great taste!

Beth said...

man, I gotta get an invite to YOUR house!

Jonathan said...

The Wedgewood Cuckoo salad plate looks electric on top of the vintage Minton; better - I think - that it would on top of another Cuckoo! Great taste!