Hello dear readers! You know that it is time to shoot your next column when the strawberries taste the sweetest and the roses all around are in full bloom! Hello, this is Anke with a small midsommer table setting for two that could easily be enlarged to fit many friends, or even brought outside into your garden or on the patio.
Ah yes, summer time! And today I have prepared for you a lemon tart with roses and berries for the table. Everyone loves these hings! Sweet fruit and luscious flowers simply stand for summertime and are highly welcome at my home.
I brought home bunches of different English roses from the local market the other day. The white ones are from our garden and I love how fragile they are. In addition, you can see pale pink Astilbe as I also wanted something light and fluffy in the big bouquet. There is a recognizable Astilbe trend where I live. You can get the Astilbe perennial plant in a pot in almost every flower shop. And you should know that they do not last very long as a cut flower!
I chose a linen tablecloth in dusky pink on my small wooden table and the off-white ceramic plates and cups I bought in the Netherlands. The wine glasses have a delicate line of gold on the edge. I’ve also added gold-colored spoons and the bottom of the hanging vase/ candle holder is also gold. I like it when small details repeat such as a color, material or pattern. When I have impressive, voluminous flowers I like to let these be the stars on my table and keep everything around them simple.
I made a lemon tart following THIS recipe on Half Baked Harvest. Tieghan Gerard called it, “No fuss lemon tart … super easy, yet delicious and pretty too“, which says it all! I was also inspired by her beautiful cake styling very much and tried the berry topping that she did by simply adding some cherries to the strawberries and raspberries. Have a look at her blog, it is one of my favorites!
Some sparkling Rosé Secco is a nice companion for the coffee and cake gathering.
ON THE WALL
The hanging glass vase with golden accents usually hangs on our balcony holding a tea light. I think it is always rewarding to have a close look at the things we already own and use these in different ways, also when it comes to decoration, instead of buying something new. I use all my glasses for flowers, candles, drinks and food.
I hope that you liked this column today, and have a beautiful summertime and enjoy your holidays! I hope to be showing a new column posting around August/ September.
All the best wishes -Anke
(Photography, Styling: Anke Illner)