Everything is brighter in the summertime! All summer long, I’m inspired by the vibrant colors found in the objects that surround me…flowers in my cutting garden, fresh fruits at Davis’ produce stand and even my chic Paul Smith beach towel. When Paula asked me to design a table for a soup and sandwich luncheon she was hosting, I wanted to make it colorful, whimsical and scream summertime!
Here are the ingredients I used:
China, Glassware and Flatware: What I love best about this table was using everything Paula loves. Especially, her vintage glasses. If you have watched Paula’s Best Dishes recently, you might have noticed all the colorful mid century glasses Paula and her guests on the show are drinking from. One of her favorites are the multi-color striped iced tea glasses that are identical to a set her mother once had. It brings Paula great joy to drink from them so, of course, I had to use them. I paired them with her vintage ruby water glases. The china was a clean pallet of white, so I added marbles to the bowls for fun and color! A name card would be easy to tuck in the marbles if you were hosting a large group. For the flatware, I used the casual red handled pieces Paula likes to take on picnics.
Take Away Tip: My take away tip from this table is also my centerpiece! What’s more Paula than three colorful refrigerator dishes from her vintage pyrex collection filled with yellow cymbidium orchids and fresh strawberries. The tip is to use something you love to hold your centerpiece items. Maybe it’s a favorite glass or mixing bowl. The extra tip is to not always think about flowers for a centerpiece. Using the strawberries in the middle refrigerator dish instead of flowers is colorful and cost effective as well. As I always say, your centerpiece today could be your lunch tomorrow!
Linens: A strawberry patterned tablecloth from the 1950’s was a crisp and colorful base for my table setting. For napkins, the yellow and white polka dot pattern I used worked perfectly in juxtaposition with the soup bowls filled with marbles! Overall, the table setting set the mood for the fun summertime luncheon Paula was hosting. When Paula walked in and saw it, she started to giggle. At that point, I knew it was perfect!
Brandon Branch is a playful Southern gentleman. His style is equal parts Yankee chic and Southern elegance all muddled together in a monogrammed mint julep cup. An invitation to one of his Savannah dinner parties is the equivalent to getting the golden ticket from Willy Wonka. Brandon holds the position of Design Director for Paula Deen Enterprises and serves as Paula Deen's Personal Assistant. Look for his newest book, co-authored by Paula Deen, Paula Deen's Savannah Style on shelves now.
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