I’m dining alfresco with Kim Parker Woodland Floral dinnerware by Mikasa.
Woodland Floral by Kim Parker for Mikasa, brings the garden to the table with the wildflower beauty of a fresh meadow on a summer day.
Colorful flowers adorn each piece of the porcelain dinnerware, blooming from the borders of the dinner plates to the interiors of the bowls and mugs.
Kim Parker, artist and entrepreneur, is the founder and creative director of her namesake lifestyle brand, and brings her signature style of modern floral art and design to the table in collaboration with Lifestyle Brands.
Her work of exuberant modern floral design, spans several diverse industries: art, design, fashion, interiors, publishing, and technology.
After searching for a tablecloth, I came back to the same one I used for last week’s table. . .
Deciding the terra cotta, blues, and greens in the paisley pattern and stylized small flowers would work with the Woodland Floral dinnerware. I added an accent of terra cotta with a woven placemat to highlight the plates, bowl and mugs.
The same plaid napkins at last week’s table are tied with wire-edged ribbon this week, and blooming with a sprig of white angelonia, snipped from a planter.
Flowers from the grocery store and garden provide a centerpiece for the table.
To arrange the centerpiece, I cut a piece of chicken wire to provide support for the flower stems in the arrangement. I placed some hosta leaves between the walls of the glass vases, with a medium size glass vase nested inside a larger one.
Gerbera daisies, asters, and zinnias from the grocery store round out the sunflowers and alstroemeria I had from my table last week. I cut some Queen Anne’s Lace, coleus, pincushion flower and abelia to add more color and variety for a garden centerpiece.
To help your flowers last in your arrangement, cut your stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and add some floral preservative to the water, removing any foliage below the water line. If you don’t have floral preservative you can make your own to help your flowers last longer: Per 1 quart of water add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach. Or you use a short-cut and add some lemon-lime soda (regular, not diet) to the water.
Mikasa Gourmet Basics Blossom Flatware adds a modern floral vine motif to the table.
Hope you’re enjoying a little alfresco dining this summer!
*Dinnerware / Kim Parker Woodland Flora by Mikasa
*Flatware / Blossom by Mikasa Gourmet Basics
Tablecloth, Nicole Miller Home / HomeGoods, used here
Napkins / Pier 1
Placemats / Bed, Bath & Beyond
Lifetime Brands’ products have been provided free of charge in exchange for promotional consideration.