I remember in college, many many years ago, sitting in the student Commons, doing home work and watching an episode of The Oprah Show on one of the many television sets that surrounded the area. In this particular show, Oprah made an announcement that she had decided to always have fresh flowers in her home. Nothing plastic, nothing stale, but freshly cut, lush blossoms that adorned her home and dinner table.
This stuck with me, and when I could, I would have flowers throughout my home. Over the years either budgetary considerations or time has not facilitated this as a consistent practice.
Recently, however, inspired by our lovely island of Maui, the tenets of Slow Food and a much loved website I frequent often, I decided to create a monthly gathering to help us all not only have lush bouquets of greenery in our homes, but do so in a way that brings us together for a couple of hours a month to talk story, bask in the beauty of our island’s abundance, and come away with jars and vases full of adornment for our dinner tables and homes.
So I hosted A Blooming Table Gathering, and it was such fun.
I invited a group of women to gather their blooms, come over, nosh on delicious snacks and together, we spent the afternoon making bouquets from all that we had brought together.
What’s interesting to me is that the actual act of doing this is as significant and uplifting to the soul as having fresh flowers on your dinner table every night. What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than with a group of wonderful people, touching and arranging natures beauty amid talk and music and good food?
The Food Practice is two – fold: Come together to share you locally sourced greens and flowers and keep fresh bouquets on your table to adorn the place where you sit to enjoy your meals.
I made a video with pictures from our day together. Enjoy!
Elinor Gawel (Eli) says