Recipes: Red, White and Blue Memorial Day Pavlova

As Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the summer – A.K.A. bikini season – we crave a dessert that’s light, refreshing and fruit-forward. This weekend, we’re making a pavlova: a meringue dessert topped with whipped cream and fresh berries. We love this dessert because it’s easy to make, yet elegant – the merengue crust delivers complexity, as it’s crisp on the outside and marshmallow-y on the inside, while the cool whipped cream and berries add layers of subdued sweetness. (Note: while you can use any type of fruit to top a traditional pavlova, for Memorial day we chose strawberries and blueberries to make our dessert red, white and blue.)

Follow the recipe below to make this delicate, delicious and festive dessert for your Memorial Day BBQ.

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#Moodboard: The Table Green

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How and why does a company choose its color? Some companies will hire color experts, some may perform psychological studies, some may just pick a color they like. For us at The Table, our color was green since inception – simply because we love the tone it evokes. Of course, there were the “meant to be” markers that further solidified our decision. For instance – the route between our original offices at the time (our homes), just happened to be green. Since we live in Brooklyn, New York, we don’t mean a meadow of fresh cut grass – actually, quite the contrary. Sandwiched between a wash of grey and brown buildings and industrial complexes, sits the overhead green of the Gowanus Expressway. Because it linked us to one another like our own version of the yellow brick road, it was just another green light.

But more than any liking or signs, we wanted our color to evoke a sense of calm, cool, collectiveness. A soft shade of minty green tends to do just that. And as we prepare for the launch of our tabletop collection this Fall, we tend to be seeing green, aka our color, everywhere . . . #mood.

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10 Tables We’d Like to Sit At

It should come as no surprise that we love a good table. These are some of our favorites; between their unique color pallets, settings, food and locations, each sets a distinct tone for the meal ahead. Of the best tables we’ve seen, one word describes them all – inviting.

Guests at designer Lisa Perry’s Hamptons home overlook Noyak bay while enjoying some artful dining.
Guests at designer Lisa Perry’s Hamptons home overlook Noyak bay while enjoying some artful dining.
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The Edit: Boho Inspired Oasis

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1. KIM SAMELA, ONE KING’S LANE PRINTED LANE PILLOW, ($129). 2. H&M WICKER LANTERN, ($30). 3. AMARA TINTED ACRYLIC TUMBLERS, ($9 each). 4. CRATE&BARREL FIBERSTONE PLANTER, ($80). 5. SERENA & LILY STRIPED HERRINGBONE THROW, ($295). 6. CANVAS HOME TINWARE BOWLS, ($10 EACH).

 

We can’t help our excitement . . . outdoor dining season has officially arrived in NYC! And with the first 75° day comes the yard, patio, terrace, rooftop, weekend house prep. ‘Tis (finally) the season for al fresco relaxing and hosting. A boho vibe says “comfortable cool”, and what else can your really want in your outdoor oasis. Grab some cozy pillows and throws, cue the candlelight, and stack the plastic tumblers. Your summer self will thank you.

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Let’s Talk Florals: Corner Deli Hacks

Though florals are not a tabletop “essential”, per say, they can be the difference between a good table and a great table. In The Art of Setting The Table, we discussed ways to maximize your table’s aesthetic appeal. Of course, flowers were on the list.

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At The Table, the rule of thumb is to purchase flowers on the day of your dinner or event. While many elements of table setting can be prepped in advance, florals are best left untouched until shortly before your guests arrive. This guarantees that flowers are fresh – and at their peak liveliness while on the table. Of course the quality of your blooms will depend on where you purchase them. When it comes to sourcing florals, there are several options. Factors that will play into your selection will include location (if we lived near the Chelsea Flower District we wouldn’t shop anywhere else), budget, and willingness to DIY.

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Recipes: Mother’s Day Quiche

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to polish up those culinary skills. And for those who haven’t quite earned that Michelin star yet? Well, you’re in luck too. While an elaborate meal is sure-fire way to impress the woman who raised you, we think that the time spent with mom is the best part. So, why not keep the cooking short and simple… plus, we don’t know any mamas out there who would turn down a cozy Sunday brunch at home with her kiddies.

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Here, we share a delicious and easy Mother’s Day Leeks, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto Quiche recipe that you can whip up in no time Oh, and did we say delicious?

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