Salad Days Table Setting Is Green and sophisticated

By Hairee Lee

The table setting for Salad Days reflect the tongue-in-cheek, ironic intentions behind the theme: literal and opposite and nostalgic. The main color palette Melissa chose was green for the literal interpretation of salad days while the sophistication of the items and their combination of the opposite of what I could ever have expected during my salad days.

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The nostalgic playfulness of the theme was brought out with a few key elements: the apple green water glasses on top of the white Verso Design Rinki coasters, the colors from the striped table runner, and the flatware with a design inspired (it seemed) by children's flatware, but larger and refined for adults. Like us.

The table setting for Salad Days reflect the tongue-in-cheek, ironic intentions behind the theme: literal and opposite and nostalgic.

Below is the table setting for the first course. The Libeco Napoli Vintage napkin in green is folded simply into a rectangle and placed above and on an angle to the left for a playful arrangement. The three different greens in the

Iittala Kartio large tumbler , the Libeco Napoli Vintage napkin, the Chilewich round

basketweave tablemat and the pale green of the Heath Ceramics Coupe Salad Plate manage not to look too match-y and one-dimensional because each of them are slightly subdued green. Even the apple green on the Iittala Kartio large tumbler is tempered by it's transparency.

In the spirit of salad days (TRANSLATION: a bit restricted by table space, a bit fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants, a bit still in our salad days) we used the same ... wine glass for the first three courses.

And, though we had three different wine served with the first, second and main course, in the spirit of salad days (TRANSLATION: a bit restricted by table space, a bit fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants, a bit still in our salad days) we used the same Schott Zwiesel Cru Classic Bordeaux wine glass for the first three courses, which were accompanied by two white wines and a red. For more on the wines, go here.

For the main course, Melissa replaced the salad plate for the larger Heath Ceramics Coupe pasta bowl in sage.

The center of the table was simply decorated with the Orrefors Lightstone votives to let the colors of the Libeco Yale tablerunner to come through to add contrast and visual interest and contrasting depth to the all green elements in the individual place settings. Fatima, one of the diners, really liked the weight and feel and the variation of shape in the set of votives.

One of my favorite "new" items was the Iittala Vitriini Small Box in clear which Melissa used as salt and pepper cellars. The base and lid was used to hold salt and pepper. It's such a pretty way of serving seasoning at the table.

Photographs by Nate Brescia.