Lush and liveable, Savannah Style is not just a look or book, it is a lifestyle. A lifestyle I hope to bring into your home each month as I share a new Savannah Style Tabletop Inspiration with you here on pauladeen.com. Beautiful centerpieces, wonderful mixes of dinnerware, flatware and linens AND a Takeaway Tip or two that will leave you saying “Fabulous”! All the dining tables in this monthly series will be put together using handed down family treasures from the butlers pantries of our Paula Deen staff members as well as Paula’s own junkin’ finds. Add flowers from the garden and my hyperbolic fairy dust for a monthly tabletop inspiration…Savannah Style.
Savannah Style: A Green Dinner Party
My march table is set for a dinner Paula is hosting at her home over St. Patrick’s Day week. I wanted it to be lush with greenery, elegant and easy. Here are the ingredients I used:
From the grandparents of Joshua Summers (husband of Paula’s Food Editor, Libbie). This green and gold pattern was brought to this country wrapped in handmade quilts in the late 1800’s and now is the everyday china of Josh and Libbie.
China Takeaway Tip:
Don’t put the good china in a closet only to be seen on Christmas Day. Admire it everyday when you use it. Josh told me he can’t help thinking about his grandmother, Reba, every morning when he makes a cappuccino and drinks it from her china cup and saucer.
Emerald Green Glasses and Natural Cotton Linens, Paula’s own
Silk rope curtain tiebacks, repurposed
Arrangements in polished silver urns brimming with calla lilies and zinnias of white, greens pulled from Paula’s backyard and hydrangeas cut from Michael’s brother Nick’s garden
Place card Takeaway Tip:
A fun and chic monogramed place card on a tiny 2X2 artist’s canvas painted green with a monogramed stencil painted over top in black and white craft paint. The canvas is sitting on a small artist’s easel spray painted in gold to match the gold rim of the vintage china. Canvas and easel both can be found at your local art supply store. A fun place card to keep and use again and again.
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, available Spring of 2010.
Paula and I are thrilled about our new interiors book, Paula Deen's Savannah Style, releasing April 6th, 2010 from Simon and Schuster. Nearly a year in the making, it has been a labor of love for all three of us...Paula, myself and this jewel of a city we call home, Savannah.
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