We've entertained every day this Labor Day weekend, and this is the last dinner. We played golf and had our partners over for a quick, easy meal. For some reason, I didn't want to do red, white and blue, so I decided to do a tribute to the icons of late summer: the sunflower and the tomato.
This color combination is so French, and I have these linens that I love but I rarely use that tie these colors together perfectly. The tablecloth and the napkins are yardage from Pierre Deux. Remember that great store?
On this wicker charger from World Market, I stacked a red Ballard Design dinner plate and a sunflower salad plate by Maxcera that I got at Homegoods. The colors are a little off in this picture, but you get the idea.
These small bowls with tomatoes on them are by 222 Fifth, and also came from Homegoods. Here's a red variety of tomato......
and here's a yellow variety. All four bowls are different.
This flatware is so old that I can't remember where it came from, but those red bread and butter plates are from Walmart.
The glassware picks up these two dominant colors well. The yellow tumbler is from Pottery Barn, and the red stem is vintage.
A couple of years ago, I spied this gold cachepot at a wonderful store in Indianapolis, called Surroundings, and I scooped it up immediately. I still love the way the fruit and handles are so three dimensional. The inside is glazed with turquoise, but it needn't show here. I filled it with the freshest sunflowers that I bought at the Alpharetta farmers market yesterday. Those cherry tomatoes are from there, too. I also bought some small yellow pear tomatoes that I thought I would add to the table, but I used them all in the soup I served, a Corn Gazpacho with Crab. I'll post that recipe tomorrow, because it is soooo yummy.
This seemed the perfect way to close the door on the weekend. Some would say to end summer, but not me! I'll be celebrating summer for a while yet.
Not red, white and blue for Labor Day, but it seemed perfectly appropriate.
A year or so ago, I did a table very similar to this with tomatoes and dahlias. You can see it here.
I love these watercolored cocktail napkins by Cynthia Dunn. They even added a "Bonjour" to our French/Labor Day/salute to sunflowers and tomatoes.
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