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:
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.
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.
Plat Prinicpal: Gaspacho Blanc
The gazpacho was served in a simple silver bowl placed inside a wrought iron trivet.
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
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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