Pansies bloom throughout the winter in our part of Texas, and even our recent VERY cold (for us!) weather has not daunted their spirit. Planted in October, when the weather finally cools off, they brighten the flower beds when most other flowering plants are dormant. We are lazy gardeners, so we've started buying hanging baskets of pansies and planting those, rather than flats of the smaller plants. Much less kneeling and digging required! In past years, I have chosen the yellow and purple varieties, but this year, the purple and white ones spoke to me. Here's one bed, at the end of our driveway.
I have been wanting to do a table celebrating pansies, but I have very little purple in my house. In fact, I have trained my husband to bring home any color of flowers EXCEPT purple, because it just doesn't go with our decor. So. Time to hit Pier 1! They had mailed me some good coupons, so off I went. Just inside the front door on the Clearance table were purple hemstitched placemats and napkins. Sold! With my coupon, the napkins were under $3 each, my kind of steal deal. They also had three different kinds of stemware in purple, but I reluctantly realized that a) I would not use them very often and b) I do not have room to store them. Such restraint!
I knew that I wanted the pansies to be the star of the table, so I limited the color scheme to purple and white. For the centerpiece, I pulled out my pansy ring and elevated it on a white cakestand.
I also wanted to use my bud vase napkin rings.
Here's a look at the placesetting. Simple white plates with our wedding silver and crystal.
Also new to my collection are the silver pea pod place card holders. I couldn't resist them in Williams-Sonoma's clearance sale. I will also use them to identify dishes when we serve buffet-style.
Here are a few more photos of the table. The host's view:
You've heard of The Young and the Restless? And The Bold and the Beautiful? Well, the story of my life would have to be called The Dull and the Dutiful. No one would buy my autobiography, as I had a happy childhood, married a terrific man, and have two brilliant and delightful adult children and three adorable (and brilliant) grandchildren. Oh, and I have a great job at a university.