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Yellow Fluttery Goodness

Flower Friday is all about a little fluttery yellow tulip goodness. Running down the middle of the dining table in little vintage bottles greeting guests all along the way. They bring lots of thoughts of Spring on these chilly days. Have a lovey week-end everyone!



 

 

A Snowy Sunday Supper

Sunday supper out on the island was extra cozy as the snow paid a visit. In the 20 years that we have had the house, only one other time we were there has it snowed. Seeing the snow fall upon our beloved Colvos Passage is quite something. After the meal we turned off all of the lights and just watched it do its magic. By morning, a good amount accumulated. See below. For the above table, a new vintage find of cobalt French working glasses were called into action to hold oversized tealights. Then it was all about layering layers of blue. The creamy tulips beginning to open ever so beautifully from all heat of the roaring fire, turning more yellow as they opened. TPS made stuffed shells, one of my all-time favorite comfort dishes he makes. Perfect for eve as the snow fell.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 187

A sweet treat at each setting is a surefire way to get the dinner party started on a festive note.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 186

Setting a creative table can be as easy as just choosing a theme and running with it. Or in this case, swimming with it. Keep in mind too, dishtowels can make swell placements in a pinch.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 185

Save bottles you have enjoyed (such as Champagne, wine, cider, sparkling water) that have cool labels and interesting shapes. Use them for vessels to hold flowers. Scatter about on your dining table. Be surrounded by the memories of your time enjoying the contents with family & friends.



 

 

Honoring The Meal

Setting the table and taking time to savor the meal, honors the ritual. If even take-out is on the menu–in this case it was pizza being delivered. The white tulips a gift from John at WK in honor of my mom, which was so kind, they became the start of the theme. A vintage Wedgwood vessel would hold them setting the creamy white tone for the rest of the table. Votive candles were lit and we were off and running.



 

 

A Boxing Day Table For 14

Our new tradition of flying to Hawthorne on Christmas Day also includes hosting a Boxing Day supper the next day. This year it was a family affair with folks coming from Montclair, Albany and Troy. Simple potted paperwhites would be the centerpiece of the table. When we bought the metal topped dining table when we first got the house, we actually bought 2. The legs fold so we keep the spare in the basement. It is quite nifty because it saddles up ever so nicely as a pair, giving us lots of extra seating to accommodate more guests. We used 2 fern laden matching tablecloths so the tables became a cohesive whole. Then it was a smattering of glassybaby vessels along with the pair of jaunty green Dunes & Duchess candelabras and we were off and running. Citrus with thyme salmon, cauliflower and broccoli purée, along with Parmesan smashed Yukon gold potatoes was the meal. Tons of chatting, lots of laughs, deep discussions and a good deal of wine. A pretty swell evening to kick-off our stay.



 

 

Table For Two

On a rainy, blustery evening the table was set for two. Take-out was on the menu. But why not set the table and elevate the experience, right? Honor the meal, as I like to say. The lilies were a screaming deal at the grocery store, filling up a glass compote dating back to my showroom days. Then a bunch of candles got lit and we were off and running. Or dining in this case. We have a new place right around the corner called Neon Taco that makes these killer ribs. Their rice & beans along with a cabbage slaw we whipped up and dinner was served.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 177

A place card at a table setting is a lovely way to greet your guests as they first arrive at the table. Think out of the box for clever ways to make a place card. Old game pieces with letters are swell as well as hydrangea leaves with the names written right on them.



 

 

NewDay Northwest with Margaret Larson

Tune in Thursday morning at 11 Seattle time on King 5 as I set a few creative & festive Thanksgiving tables on NewDay Northwest. My signature green is sure to make an appearance. Margaret Larson will be the host and I will share all sorts of tips to make your table sing. {Here is the link to the show after it aired on Thursday.}