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Friday Night Pizza and Martinis 

Wine & Dine Wednesday has nothing to do with wine this week but it does about dining. I have written a bunch in the past of our Friday night tradition of having guests over for pizza & martinis. The above table was from last Friday where we had the artist Mindy Carpenter and her friend Kelly over the night before she presented her floral painting workshop. Oh the laughs we had! The post today is really about starting a tradition and changing it up to fit your needs. Pizza becomes Chinese take-out and martinis become wine. It really is about getting together with friends. Tweak the tradition how best fits the eve or group of folks you are inviting. I always set the table the night before or morning of so we can come home from work, light a few candles, turn on the music, order the food and wait for our guests to arrive.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 148

While you are waiting for your produce to ripen, in this case the melon, have it be part of your kitchen tableau. That way you get to enjoy the beauty of it all the way up until the time it is ripe and ready to eat.



 

 

A Singular Sensation 

Sometimes you need just one to stop you in your tracks. As the tulip season marches along, this singular sensation and the beauty it possesses was all that was needed to spruce up this spot in the bookcase. Absolutely, I swoon over an overflowing vase of blooms. But sometimes one just does the trick. Happy Flower Friday all. A lovely May week-end awaits!



 

 

The Gift of Lilacs

We were given these lovely lilacs as a gift the other day. My mind went instantly to setting a supper table for two around them. The Barbara Eigen vase would be the perfect vessel for the blooms which set the ‘green’ theme. Then it was just pulling things and piecing them all together. Setting a table is very much like putting together a puzzle. The only difference is you get to decide whether the pieces fit or not.

I had someone ask me on Instagram after I posted one of these images if we ever just warmed up a TV dinner? Which totally made me smile, as I loved them when I was a kid. We both love to cook so we don’t, but we do order out often. Even then, I like to set a table. The world and life has become so busy, I find the ritual of it slows down time. Then we get to sit and enjoy the meal, time slows even further. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 147

Vintage glass bottles as vessels scattered together can turn an ordinary bunch of blooms into something visually appealing where the single stem of the flower becomes the star.



 

 

The Golden Hour

That bit of time when the sun stops shining and it still is not dark. When things become a little golden. Golden in both color as well as the spirit of the moment. The minutes move a tad slower during that time. When it happens in conjunction with guests arriving, it seems to signal a magical eve awaits.



 

 

Using What You Have

In a pinch, if you are not finding flowers to your liking, walk around your yard, your neighborhood or even just your own home–snip from plants, pull a few cool looking branches, cluster a bunch of ferns. Even a melon from the fridge adds to the mix. Using what you have around can be incredibly satisfying and gets your creative juices flowing to create a stylish tableau.



 

 

A Hint of Yellow

Flower Friday brings us these stupendous red streaked tulips that were a gift last week that continue each day to bring us much joy. The hint of yellow peaking out of the one bloom tickles me beyond measure. A little ray of sunshine…



 

 

The Gloriousness That Is The Camellia

Flower Friday, brings us these awesome camellia that were brought by dinner guests last Friday. The ruffly blooms still going strong a week later. The petals so white and paper thin against the super green leaves that are as hearty as all get out–loving that contrast. A simple Barbara Eigen vase their home set against the green wall. I smile every time I walk past them. A lovely, lovely week-end to you all. X, T



 

 

Make It Simple

I think what stops most folks from entertaining on a regular basis is making the process much more laborious than it has to be. Sure, if you find yourself with tons of time and you want to cook everything from scratch, have at it. But if you want to have people over often and find little extra time on your hands, order out, or pick up some prepared food on your way home. Add a quick fresh salad, pass around a plate of cookies for dessert, and you are off and running. Set the table before you head to work in the morning takes a ton of stress away right before guests arrive and gets you excited during the day in anticipation of the eve. You want to see your friends, they want to see you, so making it easy makes these gatherings so much more possible.