Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Summer's Bounty Tablescape

I love this time of year when the produce is so fresh and delicious. It's so much fun shopping the local farmer's markets both in San Francisco and in Healdsburg. Often times, we even stop at local fruit stands and buy direct from farmers.
There is nothing like fresh organic heirloom tomatoes, corn on the cob and sweet peaches--Mr. A's favorite.

The inspiration for this tablescape is our summer's bounty of fresh, local produce. This tiered stand is perfect for showcasing fruits and vegetables of the summer season, starting with these sweet cherries for the first tier.

Lovely white peaches for the second tier.

And heirloom tomatoes and zucchini for the bottom. The best thing about this centerpiece is that we get to eat it later!

The dinner plates are vintage by Masons in the "Fruit Basket" pattern, which is apropos for this table setting.

I then added these hand made leaf plates. They were made by Mr. A's grandmother in 1962! We were fortunate to inherit two green ones and two brown ones.

She signed the back "S. Hagopian, 1962."
They remind me of majolica, and I think that is what she was trying to create when she made these. She was definitely ahead of her time and a very talented artist too.

In keeping with the summer harvest theme, I put an artichoke on each plate.

Corn on the cob resting in the majolica corn dish completes the table.

Close up detail of one of the brown dishes. Truly a one-of-a-kind plate!

Time to light the candles.

Linen napkins, wicker hurricanes and wicker glass sleeves keep it organic.

For a summer flower, yellow rudbeckia plants in wicker pots are perfect to go with the harvest theme.

The light is slowly fading...

and fading....time for dinner!

Chicken wire chargers, tiered basket and table runner: Pottery Barn
Salad plates: Hand made by Satenig Hagopian, circa 1962
Dinner plates: vintage Masons "Fruit Basket"
Corn cob plates: Bordello Pinheiro
Napkins, glasses and hurricanes: Tuesday Morning
Ceramic chickens: vintage
Flatware: Ross
Flowers, fruit and veggies: Trader Joe's

I'm proud to be joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her 99th Tablescape Thursday!
It's always a pleasure to participate in this "party" and visit other tablescapes too.
Thanks Susan for being the host with the most!

On Friday, I'm joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday. A beautiful blog to visit!

Because I love fresh fruits and veggies, I'm linking up to Laurie's Favorite Things Saturday party at Bargain Hunting With Laurie. Be sure to visit to see more favorite things.
Thanks Cindy and Laurie for hosting!

On Sunday, I'll join in the fun at Summer Sunday over at The Tablescaper! It's all about what summer means to us all.


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