Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Color of Summer


There are quite a few sites and memes that I truly wish to participate in but I never seem to get around to for some reason. I'm planning to rectify that, starting now.

Bella at 52 Photos Project has great prompts and linkups, and her theme this week is summertime colors and nothing says summer to me more than a bright red, white and green caprese salad with basil picked fresh from the garden. Well, my dad's garden, that is.

This salad was served as a part of the father's day meal I hosted on Sunday, and was included in my Monday mosaic. But, it deserves a closeup, don't you think?

I also wanted to share a few more shots of the tablescape to share for the tablescape memes I enjoy. I don't know how some people manage to put together such beautiful tablescapes week after week. There's so much inspiration there. But, I'm going to have to stick to being a special occasion kind of gal.

Funny story about this tablescape. Most of the dishes are already in my collection, but I just fell in love with these bowls at T.J. Maxx, so I bought them for this occasion. Somewhere I read that you need twelve of everything, so I bought twelve, even though I was just hosting six.

fathers day 1

Did I happen to mention that I inherited a major dish fetish from my mother? Well, I got it in my brain that I needed some green stemware as well. I have some green glasses, but I've used them several times for tablescapes, and I wanted something new but vintage as well.

There's a cool antique shop called Clairrene's Treasures that I've started haunting, and I knew they would have what I needed. My son and I stopped in on the way to hang my art at Mozzarella Pizzeria, and sure enough they had a couple of possible options. One was a actually a bronzy brown that were beautiful and ornate but there were only six (remember the rule of 12). I thought the brown would work, but there were 12 of the much simpler green option.

I asked my son which he thought would work better, and he said, "Don't ask me, I'm not the one buying new glasses for a tablescape...I am the one who is going to have to call Hoarders."

I chose the green.

fathers day 2

The hydrangeas are also from my father's garden.


Well, that's it for me today. Don't forget tomorrow morning my weekly Flower Art Gallery will be open for new submissions. This week's theme is roses if you have them. :)

Today's Linkups

Food Photography Challenge52 Photos Project



  1. love tomato, basil, mozzarella salads and yours looks delicious! I'm waiting for my heirloom tomatoes to ripen ... sometime around mid-August!

  2. Your table is just beautiful!!! The tomato dish looks so inviting. Enjoy your summer foods! Aren't they just the best! We love to eat them outdoors and they taste even better.

  3. Perfect summer of my favs. And beautiful tablescape too!!

  4. Please, please, and pretty please... can I have some of that salad?? :) That is my favorite mix... awww.... Anyway, great photo and I am so happy you linked up to Food Photogrpahy this week even though you caused some serious salad craving with this post over here... :)

  5. Gorgeous tablescape and that salad has me totally drooling. Beautiful pictures. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  6. OH, I found you as I was looking at mira Crip's blog. This is one of my favorite things! I make it often. Yours is beautiful! I wish you lived near me, as I have a thing for tables, dishes, silver, etc. etc. We could be bad influences on each other. Tell your son to back off, not hoarding. LOL

  7. Hi there! I'm visiting from over at BNOTP, and I laughed all the way through your post. SO funny! You have a delightful sense of humor! Your son has a very "manly" way about him. That's pretty much most men look at the situation. But you have it right: 12 is the magic number! I tend to buy in 12s and up, although there are some dishes that I know I will never need that many so I stick to fewer. It's all about thinking it through, weighing how much you love a potential purchase, considering your storage, and then all bets are off! :-) Your most recent acquisitions are beautiful! The stemware you chose really works well with the overall table setting. Kudos to your Dad's green thumb!


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