I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a huge display of tulips for sale at the grocery store the other day. It is not even the end of October and they have arrived. Bless the hothouse growers. It used to be a huge deal to see my beloved tulips in early January, but to be able to mix them on a table with dahlias had me giddy. Call me a flower nerd. These things excite me to no end.
We had guests for dinner on Friday evening, so it gave me a chance to mix the 2 flowers, ever so simply, into a table setting. White was the only color of dahlia I found in the Market, but you know that always works for me. The white tulips working perfectly in vintage bottles. They tied in nicely with the white pumpkins too.
An assortment of trays and other vintage finds would fill up the middle of the table for a little visual interest.
All set with a combo of two different flowers–ready for guests to arrive.
The dinner party we attended the other evening was in honor of Mister Sive’s 50th birthday. Friends have feted him with a host of activities since his big day in May. It has been a fun way to stretch out the milestone birthday. For this gathering, I knew the hostess was a lover of oranges & reds, so once I saw those still glorious dahlias I thought they could become part of the gift. A French towel is always a fun holder, and I tried to match up the color with the flowers. My thought with dish towels is that they are pretty and usable–my favorite combo. Utilitarian with style. Instead of wine, I like to include a good bottle of extra virgin olive oil. For the same price as a bottle of nice wine, the oil will be enjoyed while cooking and be long remembered. A bottle of liquid hand or dish soap is also a fun addition wrapped up in the towel. A color complimentary ribbon to tie it all together, and we were all set.
The dahlias are hanging on for one last push of beautifulness–a reminder of a stellar Summer and a glorious Autumn. Just a handful of flower stalls in the Market had a bucket or two of the blooms, but it still made me so happy to be able to buy a dozen.
The color just so perfect for the time of year. I put them into an orange colored display so everyone could enjoy them for the day. They would be part of a gift for a dinner party we attended last eve. More on that tomorrow.
My sister-in-law, Helen, sent me a photo yesterday of a lovely dahlia in her yard in Montclair, New Jersey. Fun to see these hearty colorful flowers still spreading joy in other parts of the country too.
A restful, restorative Sunday to you all.
I am crazy for dahlias and could just not wait to share these with you. They are huge. The color variation amazing. I am not sure if they fall into the dinner plate variety, but one in a single stem vase makes quite a statement. The Market is still abundant with the blooms, so I am taking every chance I can to have them in the shops and at home.
They were placed around the 86 Pine shop in vintage bottles. Customers commented on them much of the day, asking if they were real. Indeed they are.
A bunch travelled over on the ferry and I used them on the dining table just like I did the white variety last week-end (cut super short with the head resting on the lip of a clear drinking glass), with guests yesterday at our Sunday supper.
The dozen took up almost the entire length of the table. The colors just speaking of Autumn.
We thought we were done with outdoor dining, but this incredible weather just won’t stop. The dahlias just adding to the cheeriness & delight of being able to have our meal outside.
I am always looking for ways to stretch the visual impact of flowers. There was the sweetest bunch of a dozen white dahlias at the Market last week-end, and I really wanted to use them on the dining table for our Sunday supper with guests.
By cutting the stems really short, and resting the head of the dahlia on the lip of the glass, it created a sort of floating effect.
By marching the glasses in a random scattering down the table, the setting seems filled with blooms.
The clear votive candles would be placed randomly around the flowers to fill in a bit, and create a glow and flicker.
All set. The simple bunch of white dahlias doing the trick as single stems in clear water glasses.
The glow against the zinc top table of the votives and the scattering of the flowers made for a magical night once the sun set and everything was cleared from the table.
Our last table of the Summer season, and oh what a stunning end of season it has been. We had guests to the island for a Sunday supper, and with a nod to the season ahead, many of the farm stands had apples galore for sale. The small apples got my mind churning about how to set the table. The glorious dahlias had made the trip in from town, and the color & combo of the 2 worked swimmingly together.
The apple John Derian plates along with the flour sack apple motif dish towels that would be the napkins continued the theme. The red handled Laguiole cutlery just always makes me happy when we get to use it.
The red glassybaby and the salt and pepper lending to the red themed table. Those little red apples so sweet.
A stall in the Market had these huge bunches of rosemary that looked fantastic, so that would add a little herby goodness to the table in a simple clear drinking glass.
And those dahlias! Just a big bunch in a clear glass vase as not to compete with the flowers. They make me weepy they are so good.
As the sun danced around in the late afternoon, the table was set. Ready for the last meal of a memorable Summer.
Last week-end I wrote a post about the tiniest dahlias I have ever found. This week-end, I walked past a stall in the Market that had these giant beauties. Perfect for the Labor Day holiday. 5 stems completely filled up the clear glass vase, filling the room with a burst of color.
A very happy Labor Day to you all–whether relaxing, laboring or out & about.
How is it September already?
The variety of dahlias for sale right now at the Pike Place Market flowers stalls is mind blowing. It is just a riot of color as you walk past bucket after bucket. I spotted these tiny, tiny little dahlias yesterday, and was completely taken by the size and color variation. I actually don’t think I have ever seen any this small. They worked beautifully in a simple clear glass vase to brighten up a spot at the shop for the day. The delightful flower vendor told me the name of the flower, but it now escapes me. Anyone refresh my memory? I would love to know. Happy Sunday. T
I did my usual Saturday morning stroll through some of the Market stalls yesterday, and found these fluttery red beauties. Within moments of arriving to WestWard last evening, they had found a home on the dining table next to a pair of red glassybaby, ready to be enjoyed fully for our stay. That is what I think I like most about dahlias, is the incredible variety. Not only is there a huge color assortment, but the sizes and shapes can vary so greatly and are so beautiful in their variations.
But the red dahlias were not the only thing to bring a smile to my face yesterday. My ‘Modern Family’ moment occurred when Ty Burrell and his wife Holly, paid a visit to the shop. They were up from LA on a Seattle visit and were doing some shopping. The pair could not have been more lovely, gracious or complimentary, saying “the shop is so beautifully curated” and found a cool grouping of gifts. After a little chat, they then headed down to our First Avenue location. We are huge Modern Family fans, so it was a very fun way to start my Saturday.
A restful, restorative Sunday to all.
When we have a guest come from out of town, we love to host a dinner in their honor. There is just something about opening your home and cooking a meal that brings folks together in a relaxing & intimate way. In this case, it was to thank Jenine Ferrari from Dempsey & Carroll for coming out from New York and putting on a fantastic trunk show at the shop.
I have been wanting to use these really cool faux bois melamine plates we sell at the shop. Many times, one element is the driving force behind how the table is put together. The plates were it this time. It would be a woodsy, bird nest-y, natural table.
The prettiest orange dahlias were at a stall in the Market. This is the latest in the season I can remember dahlias still being around, so I snatched them up–the color really adding to the theme.
In the center of the table I put 2 pieces of artwork by Linda Morrison. She creates these amazing tableau pieces revolving around birds and nests, and then encases them in a cloche.
I used these vintage sterling napkin rings that were a wedding gift to Ted’s grandparents, that were given to us by his mom. They are engraved with their nicknames for each other, Regi & Ro.
Because of my love of all things bird, friends often give me nests that they find that are abandoned. I put a nest on each side of the dahlia bouquets.
The tall candlesticks with the brown tones filled with the tall cream beeswax candles added the height I like.
Mismatched chairs are my ode to “not everything needs to match” plus I like the variety visually. Truly, never let the fact that you don’t have a full set of something stop you from having guests over.
With the tapers lit, it was time to pour the bubbly and get the dinner party started.