Setting The Table for Mom

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on May 11, 2017 5:39:07 PM

Regular readers know we love an eclectic table, and Mother’s Day is no different! For this occasion, however, you’ll notice our gravitation toward vintage pink, mercury glass, and rose quartz, some of the more feminine combinations in our design reservoir. We love combining the shiny and new with something aged with a patina because table design sets a mood and a standard, and our favorites are those that seem comforting and familiar, yet inspired and inventive. We sat down with Luna Creative Director Katie Flanagan to find out what she’ll be doing for Mother’s Day, and as the busy mother of a preschooler and first grader, her first reply was “Something easy!”

Here, she breaks down her strategy with the hopes that other busy moms (and mom appreciators) will take the pressure off – and get their design chops on!

Pink & Gold

“One of my favorite combinations in our collection is the rose gold decor mixed with gold mercury glass. You almost don’t have to do much else because these two make magic together. I love them because they bring out the best in each other, and you can incorporate candles without worrying about little ones tipping them over, which is essential in my family. The vintage style glassware has been a staff obsession this year, and a favorite of our customers, too! For Mother’s Day, I plan to lay some cherry blossom across the midsection of the table as my centerpiece, with fuschia colored luxe glass candle holders atop our bridal pink table runner.”

Hurricane Candle Holder Vase

Mercury Glass Centerpeices

Local Flora

“For vases, I use our hurricane lanterns for medium sized wild floral bouquets that I select at the farmer’s market. I might do three down the center of the table and one at the entrance. They’re a great size for anything from tulips to roses to wild greens. I even cut some forsythia and trimmed it down to fit into a hurricane lantern last year around this time. It was stunning!”

Lace Accents

“I used to think doilies were only for my grandmother’s house, but I see the total genius in them now. I place them under almost everything because they fill the table with a lace accent that feels like high tea or brunch in an old world hotel. Our Henrietta Cotton Lace Doilies are my favorite. Under a vintage green or milk glass vase, you achieve a very modern, yet antique look with a minimal effort. The greenery looks gorgeous with all of this – you clip it yourself or find it at a local florist.”

doilies vintage style tabletop decorations

Rest & Relax
“My last tip is not to stress, mamas. Today is your day to enjoy, not to work! So make it easy on yourself with some of my ideas here, and for the rest of the day, book a massage, read a book, hug your children and spend the day thinking of all the reasons you’re amazing. Because you are!”

 

relax with decorative throw pillows


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With Love From Mexico

Posted by Jaime Rodominick on May 3, 2016 5:32:46 PM

Luna contributor Leah Forester celebrates her Mexican heritage at the table on the regular. Here, she get's creative with a global style sensibility, using our handcrafted Indian Tree of Life Tapestry as the foundation for a beautiful Mexican Feast.


You can’t help but surrender to the exquisite inspiration felt when exploring the art and traditions of Mexican culture. From the vibrant and transcendent color palette of revered artist Frida Kahlo to the ceremonial patterns in Papel Picado banners handcrafted by an artisan’s chisel, you are instantly transported to a world layered in warmth, texture, romance, and history. So leave your bags unpacked, you won’t have to travel far to infuse Mexico’s resilient spirit and bold aesthetic into your next fiesta.

Beyond Cinco de Mayo, there are numerous occasions worthy of transforming your space to host a lively celebration with friends, family, neighbors, tasty margaritas and mojitos!


We’ve crafted some colorful tips to compliment any traditional or contemporary Mexican inspired spread:


Set the Table

The meal is the heart of every gathering in Mexican culture and beyond. It’s where everyone comes together, pulsing with life and energy. Just as eclectic as the personalities on your guest list, you can add a playful mix of our Recycled Glass Vessels, Mason Jars, and our Punched Tin Shadow Lanterns to accessorize with your dinnerware. Brighten it up with some lime slices, loosely arranged flowers and our Papel Picado flags for a traditional element that evokes a festively cheerful ambiance.


Add Flowers

Adding floral elements serves as double-duty in the color and texture department. Artfully placing Paper Flowers and Pom-Poms around windows and doors, mixed into garlands and wreaths, or used in place settings will make a lively statement. Be sure to incorporate rich colors such as deep reds, oranges, and pinks with brilliant blues, greens, and purples for a dynamic and festive look. Our Multicolor Mexican Party Banner, handmade in the Papel Picado tradition, creates another colorful layer that pays homage to Mexico’s multi-faceted heritage.


Make a Surprising Drink

It’s always fun to get creative with fiesta cocktails by crafting a wickedly unique and memorable concoction. Border Grill Chef/Owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have the perfect formula!


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BORDER GRILL MOJITO

Combine the lime juice, sugar and mint in a blender, and puree until smooth.

Fill 2 tall glasses halfway with ice cubes, then pour half the juice concentrate in each. Add one ounce of rum to each glass (optional).

Top with sparkling water, garnish with lime and mint, and serve.


INGREDIENTS

1⁄2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
1⁄3 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup mint leaf, packed
12 ounces sparkling water, cold lime slice (to garnish)
mint sprig (to garnish)
1 ounce rum

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