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Farm-to-Table Summer Dinner Party | Part 2

Farm-to-Table Summer Dinner Party | Part 2

Following my last blog, I recently partnered up with Missy Palacol Photography, Amy Brown of Laughing Goat Flower Farm and Holly of Home With Holly J.  We had such a fantastic time together and now it’s time to share the final tablescape scene!

summer tablescape

summer tablescape

For Holly’s tablescape, I knew we would be working with soft whites, hues of green, and grey-blue linens.  I really love this color palette but couldn't resist sneaking in several blooms with bold pops of color into the bucket before leaving the farm.  We technically only designed one tablescape.  However, I literally only swapped out the white dahlias from the first scene and added several layers of color to create an entirely different look and feel with the second scene.

Business Tip: Maximize time and resources for a photo shoot. By utilizing the same table design, swap out key elements to creating two entirely different tablescapes.  You can easily change the mood and season of a table just by swapping out a few small elements.  Then, you can utilize those photos all year long.

First & Bloom Summer tablescape

As you know, I’m a huge supporter of sourcing local and sustainable flowers.  365 days out of the year, that's what I do.  Even when it's the dead of winter, I still only source flowers grown in the USA.  Curious, how you can get your hands on local flowers?  It might be surprising how many flower farms there are across the country.  Seek out florists who source American grown, stop by your local farmer’s market, and ask specialty grocery stores to order flowers grown in the U.S. I also recommend visiting  Here you can search for sustainable floral sources in your area.

First & Bloom tablescape dinner party

With all the beauty and creativity captured on this gorgeous summer day, by far my favorite part was getting to spend time with these ladies.  We all just clicked.  When that happens, you hold onto it and do not let go.

First & Bloom Flower Farm tour

Holly is a lovely host and person.  What you see is truly what she is.  She is delightful in every way.  She welcomes you into her home and wants to share the best of everything with you. Having Amy on-site made room for the education of the produce and flowers incorporated into the day.  She knew so much about the varieties of tomatoes used, like which were best for eating fresh versus making into a sauce.  Amy also made a great kitchen assistant for Holly.  The joy on their faces is real and organic just like the produce and flowers brought from the farm.

First & Bloom summer flowers

It’s one thing to experience such a fun day and tell the story later, but it’s truly another when that joy and spontaneity is captured on camera.  Missy Palacol did such an amazing job capturing this joy.  Unfortunately, with Missy behind the camera... she is in NONE of the photos.  We'll work on that because she's a cutey! 

We all had so much fun and that’s what true collaboration is all about.  What you see here is really how it happened.  I can’t wait to get together with these ladies again.      

Laughing Goat Flower Farm 

Creative Team:

Photography: Missy Palacol Photography, @missy.palacol

Tablescape, Recipes, Venue: Home With Holly J, @homewithhollyj

Produce/Flowers: Laughing Goat Flower Farm, @laughinggoatflowerfarm

Floral Design: First & Bloom, @firstandbloom