Friday, August 18, 2017

Set Your Table With Flair--Mindfully Mediterranean Mise en Table

Hello, friends!

I hope that everyone is enjoying the summer, and staying cool wherever you are.

This Summer, with the temperatures here in southern California soaring well past the 100s, it definitely makes me think of the Mediterranean countryside.  If you have read any of my posts, you know that I am an avid lover of music; thus, as par for the course, today as I plan a special dinner, I am listening to and reflecting upon one of my favorite composers, Isaac Albéniz.  He was a pianist whose works were originally composed for piano.  Several of the pieces were later transcribed for guitar, and have become classical guitar standards.  The Suite Española is one of my favorite works in classical music.  Comprised of several pieces,  the works reflected the area for which they were composed.  You may listen to one of my favorite pieces of the Suite Española entitled Sevilla as interpreted by famous guitarist John Williams here:

Albéniz was inspired by the cities of Andalusia, and the pieces were meant to reflect the region.

The area where we reside is very warm and it resembles not only Mediterranean countries, but Tuscany as well.  There are even an abundance of wineries nearby; the terrain is so similar which is perfect for cultivating grapes (this is also why I have vines on my property).  Today, I am taking my cue from Maestro Albéniz by bringing a bit of the beautiful Mediterranean countryside to my table, and also adding a dash of Tuscan charm, just right for entertaining during the late summer.  I also will be participating in a fabulous blog hop hosted by one of my favorite bloggy pals, Katherine from Katherine's Corner.  We would love to have you visit all of the wonderful posts in this fun summer tablescape hop!  I hope you enjoy! 

The table began with a simple white cloth, embellished with a rustic burlap runner.

A runner of grape vines and bougainvillea fresh from my garden adds a bit of Summer romance to the setting.

Isn't this bounty beautiful?

Placemats of rattan emulate the provincial elements of the countryside.
 I kept things simple with white china, shown here:
 and clear glass.  Shown here.

Each place setting was outfitted with a mini pedestal to designate seating.

I wanted a casual atmosphere, so extra flatware for dessert was displayed in this rustic wrought iron silverware caddy.

I planned a special menu for this dinner party, and the elements were also meant to reflect the beauty of the region.  The menu is situated at the head of the table in wrought iron.

A close look at the evening's menu:

Premier:  Salade de Bougainvilliers et les feuilles de vigne avec les fraises

I wanted to keep it whimsical, so the salad was served in a fun silver wheelbarrow with an accompanying pitchfork and shovel style fork and spoon.

So cute.

If you would like to view the recipe for this salad, you may do so on my blog Parsimonious Pabulum here.

Plat Prinicpal:  Gaspacho Blanc

The gazpacho was served in a simple silver bowl placed inside a wrought iron trivet.

If you would like to view the recipe for my white gazpacho, you may visit the post here on my blog Parsimonious Pabulum.

Après:  1.  Gâteau au Citron avec infusion des raisins blancs  2.  Glace au Vanille à la Lavande

1.  I plated the Naked Lemon Cake with White Grape Infusion on this antique-styled cake plate.

If you would like to see the recipe for this very delicious (and simple, a boxed cake was used as a base...shhhh) you may view the post here on Parsimonious Pabulum.

2.  The Lavender Ice cream was served in the aforementioned simple dessert glasses. 
You may view the recipe at Parsimonious Pabulum here.

Vin:  Moscato d'Asti

Completed table.

The evening definitely was a success, and I hope you have enjoyed this post.  These ideas are perfect for a mid-summer's siorée!  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Please be sure to visit all of the other lovely bloggers in this wonderful hop!


I was so preoccupied with my sick poochie, I forgot to list where all my pretties came from!! 


From my collection:

White Dinnerware, Ralph Lauren Whipstitch Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Rattan Chargers, Target
Silver Flatware, Wallace Silversmiths Antique Baroque Collection, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Beige Crocheted-edge tea towels, Boutross Linens, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Wrought iron silverware caddy and trivet, SteinMart
Silver Bowl, Ralph Lauren Wentworth Collection
Silver-plated Wheelbarrow, Pitchfork, and Shovel Set, Godinger, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Wrought Iron Book stand used for menu, Tai Pan Trading
Antique-style cake stand, Tai Pan Trading
Dessert glasses, generic, Homegoods
Wine glasses, generic
Mini cupcake stands used for place settings, American Atelier Bianca Collection, TJMaxx

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  1. How beautiful! What a gorgeous Summer soirée! I would love to be your guest! Exquisite! I especially love the Mediterranean elements!
    Rebeca from LCL

  2. I am enchanted! I played the music while I read your post and indeed I felt as if I was transported to the foreign lands of the Mediterranean. I am in love with the wheelbarrow with its shovel and pitch fork! Darling!
    :) gwingal

  3. I love everything about your soirée from the decor to the menu. The wheelbarrow salad bowl is AH-dorable! Very creative!

  4. Oh la la, what a virtual trip to Provence! The white dishes with the beautiful crocheted edge napkins on the rustic runner create a summer mood perfectly. The greens and flowers down the center are elegant yet simple, matching the wonderful salad in the cute wheelbarrow! Your cake is a show stopper and the menu sounds divine!

  5. the music , the table, everything is lovely! Thank you so much for being part of the Summer Tablescape Blog Tour xo

  6. Brand dishes? Silver bowl? Glassware? I collect vintage silver bowls and the more unique the better! I have been looking for white dishes that talk to me!

    Love the music / video. I am off to buy it now. Another great pist, thank you!!

    1. Thank you so much for reminding me to add...I usually never post without a source list, but my doggie was in the hospital this week, he ended up getting a bladder surgery, so I needed to just post it as soon as I could. I will get that up, and thank you so much for stopping in!

  7. Casual and relaxed, elegant and refined. The music you chose coordinates perfectly with this setting. The wheelbarrow and utensils are so unique and look right at home on your table. The greens and flowers down the center of the table is something I think I could pull off.This is a gorgeous table and I hope you've patted yourself on the back.

  8. Wow, I adore that grapevine runner and the cake. They are really outstanding and so creative. I love the way they pop against the white plates. Gorgeous.

  9. Stunning! Love the neutral table linens/dishes with the pops of floral colour. Fantastic centerpiece idea with the garland you created down the center of the table. Salad served in a beautiful wheelbarrow like that would be so fun and taste twice as good. The other food dishes sound wonderful too. Going back to pin for sure!

  10. Oh my golly, if I could only be invited! Everything is lovely. I've never seen you blog before and saw this on the Reader Tip Tuesday party and so glad I did. Beautiful! Now if I only had grapevine and bougainvillea in my garden I'd be happy. ;)

  11. Love this table setting, so very beautiful.


  12. Beautiful table--I love the floral runner and the individual place card pedestals.

  13. What a delectable post. The table is lovely and the menu wonderful.

  14. Gorgeous!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!