It all started at Whole Foods, the grocery store where I do most of my food shopping. I was there on Saturday after going out with my husband for breakfast, which is somewhat of a tradition around our home when we aren't traveling. We like to stock up on some really great fresh food to prepare over the weekend, and wine and usually a small dessert or two. I seek inspiration daily for creative pursuits and on Saturday I started noticing the color purple in the produce department. It got me thinking about my antique French terre de fer (ironstone) dishes and a fish poacher:-) Fish poacher?
Yes...the one that I've talked about before on the blog and it works well for a table centerpiece to keep it low so that conversation can flow freely across the table
It was an inexpensive find and I don't poach fish when I cook it. Never ever! Like a lot of things that I acquire second hand I painted it white and only use it for centerpieces. To prevent leaking I line it with a white plastic kitchen trash bag and fill it with soaked floral foam.
Yes, I'm that strange woman in the market who likes to match her food to her flowers. Hah! I clipped some gorgeous lavender/pink/green hydrangea quite short and filled the poacher, varying the height just a bit for interest.
It didn't take an entire head of cauliflower to do my VEGETABLE CENTERPIECE, so the rest of it went to make this recipe that I shared for CAULIFLOWER RICE. By the way, if you love to eat healthy the recipe is really delicious and I make it once a week as a side dish:-).
Wooden skewers were cut in half because I didn't need the full length and I used my flower clippers to cut them on the angle. Then I pushed the skewers gently into some cauliflower florets and placed them into my floral centerpiece randomly.
Next I filled in the centerpiece with a few of the leaves from the hydrangea, a handful of wheat stalks, left over flowers from last week in similar tones, small seasonal gourds, seeded hydrangea and finally a couple of artichokes from the market. When making a FLORAL CENTERPIECE always try and vary the height of your arrangement, even just slightly if you prefer. Tuck the plastic trash bag into the arrangement carefully with your fingers.
I overlapped some of the flowers and filler for a more artistic look as well. I'm not sure if anyone really would notice that this is indeed a VEGETABLE CENTERPIECE, but it is and can be left out for several days before tossing out or repurposing the "ingredients".
My dining table is rather rustic, so I covered it with a bedspread for a softer look. I'll be sharing another tablescape later this week, so I hope that you check in for that if you are a fan of ENTERTAINING.
Tomorrow I'll be talking about my trip to NYC and the Better Homes & Garden's Stylemaker Event. Hope you have a great week!