“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
~ John Steinbeck
As the Summer comes to an end in New England I always find myself thinking about the long winter ahead. The days get shorter and shorter and I start to notice that certain autumn smell in the air. Luckily, I know just the thing to combat the end of summer blues: sitting down to dinner outdoors with people that I love. Knowing that the Summer is coming to an end, lingering just a little bit longer, is the perfect excuse to make dinner a special occasion with beautiful, lush floral arrangements, high-quality tablescapes, and formal place-settings.
White anemones with black centers are a beautiful addition to dinner with a hidden meaning. Anemone means "daughter of the wind" in Greek, named for the wind which so easily makes its petals fall. In Victorian times, when flowers were used as a form of communication Anemones were symbolic of the departure of a loved one or dying love. In Greek mythology Anemones sprang from the blood of Adonis, the beautiful youth whom Aphrodite fell in love with and died in her arms.
Ah, those end-of-summer blues in New England. Goodbye to the beach and summer vacation. Goodbye to the longest days of the year and the dog-days of summer. But before you say goodbye remember to enjoy one more meal with family and friends under the open sky. And if you need some help making it special and unique, remember Violet's Event & Floral Design.