By Hairee Lee
When putting together the table setting for the al fresco brunch, Melissa wanted to keep the color scheme as bright, summery, and yellow as possible. The ocean blues and various greens added chromatic counterpoints to the predominant and cheerful yellows in the place setting and the center piece.
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Melissa started by laying Chilewich Mini Basketweave Table Runner in Turquoise over the teak table. Then she placed small Jars Karo Vases in Lemon and Avocado along the length of the table and flanked those with a couple of Jars Ipso Vase in Avocado. These vases were then filled with yellow daisies, "the friendliest flower" ((Meg Ryan's character in You've Got Mail (a Nora Ephron film, maker of the beloved and arguably her best film, When Harry Met Sally) says this to Tom Hanks' character when he brings over a bouquet of daisies.)) These three items tie together the palette scheme of the rest of the table setting.
Each place setting was composed of the Pillivuyt Fusion Oval Chop Dinner Plate , , and . The mix-and-matching of the white Pillivuyt plate and the Jars Plume dinnerware was an inspired touch. Both are oval and so work together in terms of basic shapes, but the clean edges of the Pillibuyt plate sets off the scalloped edge of the the Jars Plume dinnerware while also keeping it from becoming too precious by overloading the eye with it.
Once the meal was underway, the coffee mugs were replaced by iittala Essence Champagne flutes filled with mimosas and pomosas ((For more on what a Pomosa is go to Dinner 12: Two Pomosas or Not Two Pomosas: The Brunch Comedy where I recount the best part brunch besides the conversations and the company.))
Photographs by Nathan Brescia.