Mrs. MM and I had really BOTH celebrated our 50th birthdays early, with a wonderful trip to South Africa. So when the actual dates of our birthdays roll around, we were hoping for something simple but special. The setting for Mrs. MM’s birthday was driven by the ten dozen wonderful roses from DowntoEarth. One arrangement with two varieties of roses (roughly 4 dozen) went into a crystal vase on a side table.
Elsewhere in the living room, a vase filled with orange and yellow roses (roughly two dozen) were also placed in a plain glass vase.
Along the center of the dining table(s) we placed 24 simple straight glass vases (a box of them purchased at S&R several months ago on sale, for roughly PHP30 each or so) and used roughly 4 dozen roses, some vases holding one bloom, other vases with as many as three flowers.
We actually positioned them on the table a day before the dinner, so they would have a chance to open up nicely.
It was really simple to do. But you DO have to look at the vases from all sides of the table, to make sure they are “balanced” and pleasing to the eye. Flowers can’t all be the same height, colors need to be “randomly” positioned, and the positions have to be adjusted so it all has a certain finesse, even if you want it to look as casual as possible.
Taking the cue from the flowers, we picked linen jacquard placemats in orange and fuchsia, which we have had for almost 10 years, are slightly faded from use.
White linen napkins monogrammed with Mrs. MM’s initials, a gift from Sister several years ago. Our colorful Laguiole steak knives fit the color scheme perfectly.
The roses were slightly to several inches below eye level, so conversing with guests across the table wasn’t blocked. Several guests noted how “fresh” and “natural” the blooms looked, and I have to say, they were spectacular.
Next up, birthday dinner, then back to the last of the South African posts including a couple more vineyards, and a few days in Cape Town and its environs… I hope you all have a great week ahead!