Last week, on my way home from Cashiers, N. C. (post to come on that), I passed a darling couple who were selling dahlia plants and arrangements. If you've ever driven that area, you know how I risked my life when I turned around at my first opportunity and went back to buy some. That mountain is steep and the curves are wicked. Here's what I chose: mixed dahlias in a commercial sized empty tomato tin can. Here they are sitting on the railing of our deck when I got home.
Well, I originally intended to put the flowers into another container, but as I looked at them, I decided to celebrate the humble tomato with a yellow and red tablescape.
I haven't used these dishes or these linens in ages.
These French linens from Souleiado fit the bill. Actually, the French do red and yellow together pretty often, and these small prints were just about perfect to go with this can label.
I used these wicker chargers from World Market and added a dinner plate made in Portugal by Vista Alegre called "Bahia".
Then, to make a break from the busy tablecloth and dinner plate, I added a salad plate by Over and Back, Inc., made in Italy. The bowls were some I picked up at Homegoods last year, made by 222 Fifth and fittingly called "Heirloom Tomato". Each one of the four is different and the variety is depicted on the outside, as well as the inside. This one is all red......
This one all yellow.......
Another red one......
And a red and yellow stripe. I served gazpacho in them, of course!
I think this red and yellow flatware came from Target many moons ago.
This red goblet is pretty old. I can't even remember where I got it. The clear stemless wine glass beside it is Reidel.
Even though there were just four of us, I put out place cards, mainly because I wanted to use these small, red zebra tomatoes with them. Aren't they cute? And, man, oh man, do they taste good! All of the tomatoes come from a wonderful road side fruit stand called Osage Farms in Rabun Gap that I passed on the way up to Cashiers and couldn't wait to stop at on my way home. Incredible stuff!
It made a pretty table. Kind of different, and certainly a tribute to the end of summer.
Just before our company came, I was in the refrigerator getting cheese, and I spied this quart of heirloom cherry tomatoes in all of these great colors, so I sprinkled them around the base of the tin and shot one more photo. Brilliant, huh???? I love the way they look.
Ahhhh! Daliahs. That north Georgia/ North Carolina area grows some mighty fine beauties. I had heard that all of the rain this year spoiled them, but the sweet lady I bought these from said that God shone on her fields and she had plenty! I love that!
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