Bring Out the Good Stuff
February 22, 2015
jennifer Hagler Photography
By Buffy York
Last weekend Tim and I hosted a Pop-Up Dinner at our house with several of our neighborhood friends for Valentine’s. We all thought that a dinner in our home with a professional chef was way better than any night on the town, especially on a night like Valentine’s with crowds and the crazy pressure to have a romantic dinner.
I knew I wanted to set a really beautiful table without having the look of a Macy’s Wedding Registry. The place settings were a combination of plates and napkins and silverware pulled from all of our china cabinets, and mixing and matching china patterns and glassware made for hands down the most beautiful table I have ever assembled. There must have been 10 different initials engraved, painted or etched upon silverware, cordial glasses, china and napkin rings representing several generations of families.
However, the star of the show was the beautiful floral masterpieces designed by my friend and sorority sister, Charlotte Weatherly Wessel. Charlotte lives in Huntsville, Alabama and is unbelievably talented in the way of floral design. She has her own floral blog, Buckets & Blooms. I simply told Charlotte to do whatever she wanted and she created the beautiful arrangements photographed above using roses, tulips, spray roses, succulents, rancules, Lenten Roses and my daughter Alice’s favorite, Billy Balls. The “W” demitasse cups are from her own collection, and paired with a succulent, made for a perfect place card holder. She arranged one large piece for the center of the table and then added mercury glass and silver votives and vases filled with flowers dispersed the length of the table. It was amazing and It felt more like a magazine spread than my home.