Palate Pleasing: The Big Easy Tablescape. Serve Up the Gumbo!

Last night was my very first attempt at recreating a New Orleans original: gumbo. The process was quite involved, but the result–rewarding.

How did I do?

When you cook, I’m sure you’re thinking about how well the ingredients blend together for taste. I think about that too, of course. Who wants to make a bland, crappy dish? Actually, I don’t think too much when I’m cooking. It’s a time for my brain to chill with a glass of wine, and my hands to do the work. But last night (and maybe because I was thinking of a piece for this blog), I was thinking about how the ingredients for gumbo went together visually. When they’re combined, the resulting color is sort of a deep yellow. But individually, the ingredients make up a nice traditional, classic color combination of yellow, green, red, and brown. So considering the ingredients individually, I came up with the following ingredients for a gumbo-inspired tablescape! Am I spot on? Do tell.

Wanna re-create this for your table?

1. Thomas by Rosenthal Loft 6-3/4-Inch Oval Bowl
2. Recycled Glass Fluted Jar
3. Merucry Tealight Holder
4. DII Basics Napkin Set of 4
5. Red Dinner Square Plates
6. Bubble Optic Tumblers – Amber
7. Savant Flatware
8. Gold Beaded Table Runner
9. Sand and Brown Reversible Placemat
10. Rock Spray Napkin Rings


Palate Pleasing: Valentine’s Day Tablescapes

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s yesterday. Single or not, we should celebrate love. There’s enough crap going on around us and the world, why not take a day, an evening, an afternoon and be with the people we love most.

Well, the hubby outdid himself again with this year’s Valentine’s dinner.  On the menu:

Rack of Baby Lamb on New Potatoes with Barley and Wild Mushrooms

with a lovely bottle of Cotes du Rhone's Chateauneuf-du-Pape

And for dessert:

Coeur A La Creme With Raspberry Sauce

Our tablescape was simple. Hubby got the classic red rose bouquet and sprinkled in some stargazer lilies, which were the flowers on my wedding bouquet and the first flower he ever got me. (Ain’t he sweet!)

He kept the table romantic, simple, and the meal elegant.

It got me thinking of how others may decorate their Valentine’s celebration tables. Here are some inspirations for romantic evenings with a significant other or a celebration of love with friends and family for next year’s Valentine’s.

From Art Style Online

From Art Style Online

From Art Style Online

From Starshine Chic

From Above the Clouds

From St. Luis Cellars

From Delish

From Delish