Sunday, 9 June 2013

Wildflowers On The Dinner Table


My favourite part about having friends over for dinner is making the table look pretty. Not in a themed, party planner way, but just taking care with flowers and candles and colours, trying to aim for something seasonal without spending too much money. I'd rather spend that on the food and drink.



Yesterday morning Bella and I walked up to the shops. On our way home we picked cow parsley and buttercups, what you might call hedgerow flowers. Except hedgerows are few round here so we made do with the footpath at the top of our road and the grass verges outside the houses. I added to this with chive flowers from the back garden and put them in some half litre carafes which have small necks, making them ideal for holding the flimsy, wiry stems.


I'm still not tired of cow parsley, even if it does shed tiny little white petals over everything.


These posies set a soft, summery tone for the table, along with a pink table runner I've had for years, some tea lights, and my Grandma's silver cutlery.


I made a big jug of Pimms. We drank it in the garden even though it was really a bit too cold.



We ate salads, breads, smoked meats and dips to begin with, followed by a great big beef chilli that John made, with rice, tacos, guacamole, sour cream. 



Then for dessert John made an orange and almond cake, which he served with an orange syrup and marscapone. He's made it before and it's amazing. 


Good times with good friends. Although we were greeted by fuzzy heads and a frankly unfriendly amount of washing up when we came down this morning. How did we manage to use every glass, plate and chopping board in the house? But at least there is left over orange cake.


Joining in, a little late, with Lou's Nature in the Home series at her blog littlegreenshed.

46 comments:

  1. Lovely bouquet. I wish wildflowers were more plentiful here but it's too dry. I would be picking them every day. I really want to try a Pimm's; it's on my list for this summer.

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  2. Sounds like the best evening, good food, good company and a tipple thrown in for good measure! :) x

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  3. I will pin your photo of the set table. ;)

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  4. Oh my, it ALL looks sooooo devine! A beautifully laid out table, what lucky guests! :)

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  5. That looks - and sounds - so good! I'm looking at my own cow parsley and buttercup 'ensemble' at the moment - a real sign of Summer x Jane

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  6. Good times with good friends - that's my mantra. Gorgeous - well done to y'all. Claire xo

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  7. This is all so lovely, Gillian! I love the wildflowers in vases! Your table setting is simple, yet gorgeous and very summery with the pink table runner and soft, candle light! The menu sounds wonderful and so does the orange and almond cake. It sounds like you had a wonderful evening with friends!

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  8. How very pretty - a lovely combination of flowers and good food - a great combination
    Hope that you enjoy the rest of the weekend
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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  9. Your table looks delightful and inviting Gillian, I too love all flowers from the hedgerows and pathways, I picked some cow parsley for a retro vase I found in a charity shop the other day,looks beautiful despite as you say tiny white flowers shedding everywhere! xox Penny

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    1. ps. I wanted to say how gorgeous your shelves with books look,I read your comment on Annie's blog about your love of books xxx Penny

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  10. They make beautiful table arrangements and your table looks really lovely.

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  11. This made me smile, we had friends for dinner on Friday and I had very similar looking flowers. I love spending time thinking about the table. This weekend I received a gift of new (old) wine glasses - they are made from beautiful blue glass - I feel new table themes coming on....! It sounds like a wonderful evening. Have a good week x

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  12. Your table looked so lovely Gillian, with such a beautiful arrangement of pretty flowers. I too thoroughly enjoy flaffing with table preparation and prettifying, it is such fun. It looks like you had a wonderful evening with WONDERFUL food and great company. What better way than to spend a night with good friends. xoxo

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  13. Now that sounds and looks a beautiful evening Gillian! Jo xx

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  14. Such a beautiful table setting. Have a great week! xo

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  15. Lovely summery flowers and table and food look so good. Sounds like a great night was had by all.

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  16. Looks like a lovely evening your table looks beautiful with the pretty flowers x

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  17. Gorgeous photos Gillian, especially the lovely flowers. Pimms in the garden, now that's a good idea. x

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  18. Nothing beats, good food, good company and a little tipple...........your table flowers are lovely and what a good idea to add flowering chives, they are such a pretty flower.
    Hope you have a good week
    Sue x

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  19. Beautiful photos. All looks and sounds very welcoming, I'd like to come round for tea, hehe!

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  20. What a terrific dinner party. I'm always wanting to have one, but haven't in a long time. Funny--I just took a picture of a caprese salad we had this week too. It's that time of year, isn't it?

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  21. A very pretty table set for a wonderful menu of nourishing food to be shared with friends, a perfect evening especially with the addition of Pimms!
    Lisa x

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  22. Your table looks lovely, and the menu sounds delicious too. You've just inspired me to pick all the pretty flowers of the weeds that have sprung up all over my garden whilst I've been on holiday. They're heading for a vase!
    Have a lovely week
    Xx

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  23. Great weekend Gillian!!! The table decoration looks gorgeous. I looooove your post. ;D

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  24. wow, that sounds like a feast and that cake sounds completely amazing! the table looked lovely too x

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  25. Your table loked lovely and the food sounded fantastic. (Better than an M&S ready meal zapped in the microwave after a late finish at cricket) Hope you had a quiet day to get over your "fuzzy head" yesterday! :)

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  26. What a fun night. You always do such beautiful table settings and this is no exception with those lovely wildflowers. Your Menu sounds delicious too x

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  27. Your table setting looks wonderful, and the food sounds amazing, making my mouth water.

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  28. What a a lovely, easy-going event. I am sure your guests had a wonderful evening - especially when it involves almond cake and Pimm's!

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  29. Hi Gillian, Your table looks beautiful!!!Simple and very elegant!!! We certainly have something in common!!!I too, like to decorate my table!!!Have a fab week!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  30. As long as there is left over orange cake ..... all is right with the world!
    love your flowers and the menu sounds amazing
    love jooles xxx

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  31. Beautiful pictures and I love your dinner setting. It looks really cozy and inviting :)

    S x

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  32. I love how you've captured that ethereal beauty of wild flowers. They last for such a short time once they are picked. I'd love the recipie for the cake too. xx

    Leanne x

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  33. That looks and sounds like a wonderful evening. I love the way you set the table and the flowers look so pretty.
    M x

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  34. Your table looks lovely and the menu sounds divine :)

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  35. Wonderful. I've just had cow parsley and buttercups in the house as well, they are beautiful and they just say early summer to me. The foods sounds wonderful and the table is so pretty. Glad you had a good time. Hope you have a lovely week.

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  36. The flowers look so beautiful and add lovely colour to the table! I agree - I rather spend the money on food than flowers.

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  37. Beautiful table settings and a gorgeous sounding meal. Glad you had a lovely time:)

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  38. What a fabulous table setting! I tried to think of an adjective other than beautiful for your flowers, which they are ..., they just look so fresh and inviting.

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  39. This looks wonderful! So fresh and inviting. Perfect summer entertaining Gillian x

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  40. You always do lovely table settings and this is no exception. I really love the use of wildflowers though I must admit to being wary bringing them into the house - it's not the petals I'm afraid might fall on the table! x

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  42. Hooray to wild flowers on the table! My dinner table always looks best when I've forgotten to buy floers and need to get creative with what ever's in the garden, be it Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter :) /Niki

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