Happy Wednesday! We’re enjoying some sunshine, lower humidity and cooler temperatures this week, perfect for dining outdoors!
The Endless Summer Hydrangeas are blooming and loving our abundance of rainfall this spring.
I cut some blooms to fill an urn for a centerpiece for the table.
Keep your cut hydrangeas from wilting with the alum-dipping method! Cut your hydrangeas in the morning with they are fully hydrated and not stressed from the heat. When arranging them, cut each stem at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and dip 1/2 inch of each cut stem in alum powder, found on the spice aisle at the grocery store.
Place your dipped hydrangea stems in your vase of room temperature water (the temperature it runs from the tap). For best results, remove the leaves from hydrangeas since they cause evaporation loss and take water from the head of the flower.
A Ralph Lauren Cape Elizabeth Lilac tablecloth and napkins were found blooming at HomeGoods several weeks ago. Use your imagination and pretend along with me that the lilacs are hydrangea blooms. ;)
Mismatched vintage flatware add some additional blooms to the table, picked for a $1 a piece at an antique mall.
These big colorful hydrangea blooms make my heart skip a beat! I love how the colors of the hydrangeas change as the blooms begin to fade.
Reproduction majolica plates from Pottery Barn, flew home with me couple of years ago.
The four assorted salad plates have embossed bird designs with leaves, flowers, and berry details, in the colorful style of vintage majolica dishware.
They’re layered on Mikasa English Countryside dinner plates, with an embossed fruit and lattice design on the borders of the plates.
Majolica Bird Salad Plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Tablecloth & Napkins / Ralph Lauren Cape Elizabeth Lilac, HomeGoods
Dinner Plates / Mikasa English Countryside
Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside
Chargers / Pier 1, several years ago
Napkin Rings / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago
Urn/ Retail days
Assorted flatware / Vintage
Hope you’re enjoying some beautiful weather where you are!