After all the color from the past season, I was yearning for calm and quiet. White on white with a hint of nature. Which in my book reads green or brown or both.
I removed the greenery from my favorite box, will I ever get tired of it? Added the last of the paperwhites and some pine cones. I must tell you a bit of a confession. I pick these things up from everywhere we visit. I just love how they add nature back to our home.
When it's hard to reach over or around a centerpiece, individual salt and peppers are a must on the table. Especially when, if like me, we have reduced our salt intake and others around us have not.
I force my paperwhites in a ceramic planter with rocks. I did a little bit of a test this year. I some forced in water, you know those special little containers where the bulb sits in the top bowl and the roots grown down into the larger cavity. And I forced some on top of small rocks. I forced 3 batches this year. Each bath contained some of both. The paperwhites came from various sources, but repeatedly and without fail, the paperwhites forced on the rocks (what a lively concoction) sprouted and bloomed earlier than the ones just forced in water.
Sorry it's just a gloomy day. Rain is predicted, 90% chance and the clouds are hovering, but nary a welcome drop has fallen.
I know some say that the heady perfume from the paperwhites is too much for them, but we welcome the fresh scent that permeates our home.
I used three different vessels for liquid, one for the appetizer, a water and a wine goblet.
I love how they play so well together in the same sandbox. Each robust enough to stand on it's own, but somehow, together they create a 3 part harmony.
Is it really too early to use bamboo flatware? Is this akin to wearing white pants or sporting white shoes before Easter?
Should I remove the paperwhites before dinner?
The pine cone napkin rings came back out to play today. I think they bring the pine cones from the centerpiece to the table.
Since there wasn't room for large candlesticks, I added individual candles to the "green things". I think these were originally individual ashtrays, but I've scrubbed to within an inch of their life and used them to hold candles and as salt sellers.
Using a heavy matelasse covering does give the table a bit of warmth during these cold days of winter!
Matelasse - vintage
Teak chargers - vintage
White dishes - Wedgwood Windsor
Bamboo Flatware - Horchow's
Napkins - Pier One
Napkin Rings - Kohl's
Large wine goblet - Dollar Tree
Water glass - handblown in France, purchased in Santa Fe, NM
Sherbet - Fostoria
Indivdual S&P's - old