Having a Fresh Lilac Tablescape is impossible in Florida.
A very few florists have lilacs shipped in from Holland in the Spring at about $150.00 A SPRIG!
Whoa! So impossible is not really applicable if you have lots of money to dwindle away with each dropping flowerlet.
If you have been following me for awhile, you should know by now that if someone says : It is impossible…I am going to do my best to find a way to make it work.
Sadly, I really can’t make the growing of lilacs, work down here in Florida.
We are way too far south as Lilacs need that brisk cold (freeze?) to produce those beautiful shades of purple clusters of flowers.
However, I do miss lilacs and the smell of lilacs?
Their fragrance is on the same level as baking bread aromas.
I love it.
So what is one to do when in May, “only daughter” calls to say she picked fresh lilacs and has them sitting in vases all over her home in the Midwest?
Sad face here!
First is that twinge of inhaling the sweet fragrance (from memories) and second is the realization that I can not have lilacs in Florida.
Or can I.
I found a way to have lilacs all year round….not just in the early spring.
Faux lilacs have come to my home to prove it.
I couldn’t believe it when I found these on line. (Is there any other way to purchase?)
They really do look like the real thing and if you don’t take the impulse to smell them, you might be fooled into thinking they are the real deal.
However, I did place a lilac scented sashay near by, and so I am lulled into thinking they are close to being real.
And it certainly doesn’t hurt that I have dried lavender in the same vicinity.
So what is a girl to do when she has lilacs in July?
A tablescape of course!
I started with my centerpiece, a vase of beautiful lilacs centered on a purple place mat.
The chargers are scalloped shaped much like a flower and then I placed a white dinner plate on top of it.
I have had these pretty lilac colored salad plates for a few months just waiting on a place to use them. I really like that each plate has a delicate scene, different from the others.
I doubled the napkins, placing the darker purple napkin under the lighter lavender napkin and tucked them in a small white rose.
The flatware is purple handled that I have had for years and I have used them in other tablescapes.
The stemmed goblets are also purple and I like that in this setting they look purple. I have tried to use them in other place settings and they appear almost black in the photos.
If you notice the goblet nearest the camera has a bit of black shading to it.
For the tea party, I used the lavender tea pot, creamer and sugar that I have used in Easter tablescapes.
I placed macarons in shades of pink on pedestals. I probably should have made my own lavender macarons…but I saw these at Home Goods and couldn’t resist the ease in buying instead of baking.
So my dear readers, when life gives you faux lilacs …you make a tablescape like the color purple!
Have a great and glorious day!