The inspiration was Mother’s Nature for the urbanites. Basically this is a fresh food theme that was done to please design enthusiast city dweller.
This theme plays on the hot trend towards organic, local food. I create an inspiration board for a dinner party set around a contemporary food presentation.
Any of the superb serving ware will make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift. Modern style stores were my best sources for the stuff I need to realize this dinner party scheme.
A+R in Los Angeles is full of attention-grabbing products. The top and the bottom row show some of their best cooking and dining pieces. First, the Cut + Serve Tray by Boca features the most stylish way to serve a crusty bread and countless cured meats. Unfortunately, the Cut + Serve Tray is on the pricey side at $140 USD.
If you are looking for clean, practical, well designed products that are very affordable, the Swedish company Sagaform has the goods for you. The Oil + Vinegar + Salt + Pepper Set ($40) and the Tapas Serving Dishes ($30) will make a lasting impression on your guests when you are hosting dinner parties.
I bought the aqua floral table linen at Maison Simons, a popular store with boutiques in Quebec City and in Montreal. The dishes are a mix match of my own dinnerware and flatware. By varying different shapes, I create depths within my place setting.
Finally, the 4-flute vase with the flowers that look like in bloom asparagus completes my theme. Unfortunately, I cannot recall which company manufactures the 4-flute clear glass flower vase. I was able to find an 8-flute tabletop glass flower vase at doe in San Francisco with no sign of a 4-flute vase. Maybe it is out of stock, I do not know.
The idea behind the centerpiece is that the vase should be incognito; a transparent clean line vase is your best bet. Then select one kind of flower that reminds you of a vegetable. Several artichokes nicely displayed in a service bowl will also make a stunning centerpiece.
For the service, you can either set up a large buffet table or serve the meal in courses at the table. Keep in mind that this theme calls for a sit-down dinner. The food may appear casual but the theme has a chic nature. Luxury is found at every level from the quality of the ingredients to the extensive use of distinctive serving ware. That is all. You now know how to make on your own my Hip Fresh Food Mother’s day theme.
Link: Cooking department at A+R store from Los Angeles
Link: Table Fashion department at Maison Simons
Link: 8-flute tabletop glass flower vase at doe