Sophisticated Farm Fresh Flowers

Written by Marnie on September 9, 2011

The floral designers at TableArt  love the current trend of  “Farm to Table” menus.
Recently, we were able to celebrate this design concept for a late summer dinner party.
We pushed the envelope a bit by creating a dining experience that combined
a little bit of country with a whole lot of style.

Farm to Table Dining Experience

The methodology of  “Farm to Table” centers around produce purchased locally to ensure freshness and at the same time supporting local farmers. Sunflowers, zinnias, sedum, gumphrena, asclepsia and bleuplurem were provided by a local farmer, Ralph Formesano. TableArt has been working with our trusted friend and resource Ralph, for the 20 years that TableArt has been in business.

Sunflowers, Zinnias,

A treasured secret among floral designers is to build a color story around a strong interior element. The fabulous modern paintings by Wolf Kahn were the inspiration for brilliant, monochromatic, late summer flowers.

sunflowers, monochromatic pallete

Monochromatic doesn’t mean boring. The trick is to use one hue but play with a broad spectrum within the color range.

Injecting lots of texture provided richness and depth to the table. Adding texture is a bit like adding spices to cooking. It creates more depth and flavor to the tablescape.

It can seem counterintuitive, but a pop of color can emphasize the monochromatic design. We loved how this glass aqua blue charger pulled together all the elements of the table. The modern reflective quality of added a lot of style and without it, the table may have been too expected and common.

Floral Charger details

If you have the opportunity to add a special touch, adding a floral detail at each guests seat can complete the look of a table. Here we placed bundles of gumphrena, mint and statice tied with twine for each guest to take home.

We loved designing this wonderful “Farm to Table” tablescape using local, fresh August flowers from the fields around Philadelphia. With so many seasonal flowers available at local farm stands, why not try to “Farm to Table” designs for your next event.