Spring & Table Setting
Warm weather is just around the corner and spring is in the air!
Color is light and light is energy. Color can stimulate and excite us. It can make us feel happy, tranquil or even depressed. We experience the psychological effects of color all day. It is subconscious, yet effective.
Spring is the time of rebirth, renewal, and rejuvenation. Pastels are less saturated than primary colors, which makes them feel light, soft, and calming. In spring, they work well with neutral colors for creating a feeling of earthiness and sophistication.
There is still ambiguity as far as how and when the first flowers find their way on the table is concerned. The Romans used flowers to perfume their rooms and foods, as well as to decorate their dining tables. However, there was no special Roman way for decorating, and what they looked like is rather left to imagination.As far as it concerns how the first flowers find their way on the table, there would be strong arguments for any reasonable period. The Romans used flowers to perfume their rooms and foods as well as, to decorate their dining tables. However, there was no special Roman way for decorating, and it is rather left to imagination what they looked like.
Illustrations and descriptions of the 15th century show that single flowers were strewn on the table linen. After every course they were wiped on the floor and replaced by new ones, leaving a natural carpet on the ground. The habit of strewing flowers on the table is also reflected in a Swiss table linen from 1527. This fashion seemed to be still in use in the 18th century.
A new culture of table decoration was spread by florists who created simple and elegant arrangements. The last 200 years we have learned to enjoy a bunch of flowers on the table. Below two terms that may be confused sometimes.
Mise en place: to gather and arrange all ingredients and tools needed for cooking
Art de la table: how a table is dressed; from the tablecloth and napkins to the appropriate lighting