Sweet Persimmons and Black Licorice were the inspiration for this intimate and dramatic holiday dinner served at dusk. I’m ready for three of the coolest people I know to arrive. Read how simply it all came together. A bird’s eye view of the sweetest of tables.
A lit pom pom and jute garland lay down the middle of the table and cascaded over the sides and onto the floor to lead the guests to the table.
Candles upon candles upon candles in brass and mercury glass candlesticks were set in and out of the pom pom garland. Grey stoneware shallow bowls from Crate and Barrel were topped with a linen napkin from Fog Linen and flatware from Juliska. A persimmon at each place setting was a sly nod to the dessert that evening.
Seats were covered in wrapping paper to give a nod to the holidays!
All is right with the world when I can wear this plaid maxi skirt from Shabby Apple. I topped it with a bird emblazoned sweater from J.Crew outlet and my favorite black ski hat from Moncler. The fab faux fur jacket in the image prior is from French Connection and is TO DIE FOR!
I’m setting a turnip-inspired holiday lunch table for a lunch with one of my most favorite people in all the world, Anthony! Like these playful turnips that filled bowls for the
centerpiece of our table, Anthony has never ceased to make me smile.
Recipe for a Turnip-inspired Holiday Lunch Table Setting
Ingredients: 1. Casual Setting: A turnip is a humble food, so a casual table is the perfect setting. I chose a kitchen counter. 2. Super Star Centerpiece: I let the turnip be the star by filling 4 simple white bowls with turnips, then I added some holiday by tucking in silver ornaments and greenery. 3. Placemats: Instead of any ordinary placemat, I used handmade paper and folded in a pocket for the flatware. 4. Ombre Dyed Napkins: I wanted to mimic the beautiful ombre of a turnip skin, so I took a wet length of white linen and dip dyed it using purple vegetable dye. Then, it was torn into napkins with a beautiful frayed edge. Place a piece of green on top and it’s perfection. 5. White Plates: Sometimes, you just need a white plate. The purple napkin is perfect for placing on top for a pop!
Lunch would just be lunch unless you invited someone you loved to share the table with you. Then it’s a memory creator.
By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey and Candace Brower
Photography by Cedric Smith
A courtyard birthday party filled with color and humor and homespun chic fabulousness.
Here’s a peek at all the food-inspired details!
COLORFUL PAPER STREAMERS: Streamers was strung from one end of the house through the courtyard and attached to the carriage house to create a colorful canopy over the cake table. (2 people, 1 hour, 7 rolls of paper streamers and one roll of painters tape)
We used orange painter’s tape to tape lengths of colorful streamers to a white wall creating a fun backdrop for our food-inspired portrait photo booth! (1 person, 30 minutes, streamer scraps and one roll of tape)
Helium filled balloons (in the same color palette as the streamers) were taped to the floor behind the glass front garage door in various heights to give the illusion that the garage was filled with balloons and make a fun colorful backdrop. (1 person, 25 minutes, 3 dozen balloons and 1 roll of tape)
Colorful balloons were blown up JUST before the party started and floated in the pool. (1 person, 1 hour, 4 dozen balloons)
CUSTOM POLKA DOT TABLE TOP COVER:
6-inch circles were cut out of coordinating patterned flannel yardage and laid (overlapping) on the table top to create a fun polka dot table topper! Find this affordable and easy to cut fabric in the “baby section” of your fabric store. NOTE: In the event of wind, lay strips of two sided tape down on the table first. (1 person, 2 hours, fabric scraps, scissors)
We did 5 cakes for this party (see all of them HERE) and decorated the top of each with a simple coordinating “grocery store cake toppers”! Yellow cake…yellow banana! Green Cake….a head of butter lettuce. Simple and such a fun conversation starter!! (5 cakes, 1 person, 5 hours)
When it was time to blow out the candles, we were prepared! Every cake had a coordinating candle.
(5 candles from Smith Brother’s Butcher Shop)
WIGS AND HATS: The invitation read “Come dressed as your favorite food-inspired color”. We had the wigs, hats and food ready for the party portraits. (2 people, 4 hours, paper scraps, fabric scraps, glue, scissors, lots of fun!!)
Every party needs at least a little “live” element. This was the Tulip Hoop. The hula hoop base started out as a horrible color, so it was covered in gold tape, then the tulip ends were taped on so the flowers could drape down and blow in the wind. (1 person, 30 minutes, 1 hula hoop, 1 roll of gold tape and 8 tulips)
FUN CARDS AND PINS:
All the guests received their OWN birthday cards (why not) and pins to add “flare” to their look if they so chose before their portrait was taken! I love these cards and pins from Greenwich Letterpress!!
And before the party got crazy, I had all my helpers take a group photo!!
Left to right: (Josh, me, Brenda, Candace and David)
My love of all things Dorothy Draper mixed with a little Warhol”esque” pop art inspired the recipe for this banana luncheon table for four.
Get the ingredients below!
Recipe for a Banana Inspired Luncheon Table
Ingredients: •Great Table and Chairs: Use whatever you have, just make it a clean slate. I used vintage Bertoia chairs and a new Saarinen table . •Fresh Greens: ALWAYS have something fresh on the table…in this case on the floor. Sadly Tropical Storm Hermine had blown over a few of my neighbor’s banana leaves. Luckily it didn’t kill the plant AND I got to use the fallen leaves for my luncheon. •Cool Placemats: (Get this downloadable banana print from ETSY) I downloaded the print and took it to Staples to print a larger size on thicker stock paper. •A Conversation Piece: Bananas painted white at each place setting were definitely something to talk about. •Interesting Centerpiece: Centerpieces don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. How affordable and chic is this!! I used Vintage and New Liquor Decanters (I collect decanters old and new and especially love the gold striped from Emily McCarthy Shoppe) and filled them with pink colored water! The rabbit is for good luck I think. •Fun Place Cards: Typically I don’t believe place cards are needed for less than 8 people, but couldn’t resist with a simple instamatic photo take of each guest as they arrive! •Good Food: It doesn’t have to be a lot at a luncheon, it just has to be great! This recipe for One Bowl Best Ever Banana Bread was the perfect choice to have on the table for a little pre lunch nibble. •Good Soundtrack: ALWAYS have great background music…always. And if one or two of the songs are danceable…that’s a bonus!