When the weather turns warm, my favorite way to kick off an evening with friends is out on the terrace with plates of grilled artichokes, garlic aioli and glasses of sauvignon blanc. There’s really nothing better, although fair warning that your guests will be fighting over the mouthwatering hearts. (Did y’all catch the post where I showed how to prep them?) It doesn’t hurt that artichokes are some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous veggies around, so I took a cue from their shades of plum and sage as the palette for an early-spring dinner party; a long table draped simply with a piece of white linen and adorned with rustic groupings of olive branches and artichokes. By the way, I mentioned to y’all that I was a bit nervous about attempting the ice cream cake roll my mom wanted for her birthday over the weekend? She ended up changing her mind at the last minute to my signature chocolate soufflés, and they turned out superbly… thinking I need to make that our next Tuesday Tasting! Hope you’re all having a great start to the week, and stay tuned for some super happy floral inspiration from The Byrd Collective later this afternoon!

*images: {row 1} saipua flowers, blackberries & champagne, keira knightley {row 2} bowl of artichokes, flowers in medicine bottles {row 3} bridal bouquet, menu card, butterflies {row 4} table in garden, kari herer peonies photograph, artichoke centerpiece, vegetable place setting.


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    Meagan | February 27, 2012 at 6:48 am

    loving the deep plum color. so rich
    xoxo Meagan

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    Elcin | February 27, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I love those colors! Awesome!


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    Gwen Driscoll | February 27, 2012 at 8:31 am

    What a beautiful inspiration board!!! Fabulous…have a great week, love artichokes too!

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    Melanie Saucier | February 27, 2012 at 8:53 am

    *Sigh* I so love artichokes (we have them a lot at my house) and this color palette? Gor-geous. I’ve always loved the eggplant color+fresh green, but your palette today with a more subtle green– sage green + a hint of blueberry. Love love!

    • Camille Styles | February 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Isn’t it amazing how many different shades can be found in an artichoke? In some of the photos, there was a touch of pink, or shades of yellow in them too!

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    Inés | February 27, 2012 at 10:11 am

    That’ll keep me inspired!!! ,beautiful board!
    Big hugs!


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    Caitlin | February 27, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I could eat articokes every single night for dinner – they are so scrumptious! Have a wonderful Monday. xx

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    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing | February 27, 2012 at 11:45 am

    You know, I’ve never eaten an artichoke. I clicked over to check out your recipe and I may just give them a go!

    Happy Monday!

    • Camille Styles | February 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Oh you must try one IMMEDIATELY! You’ll die, they’re so delicious… especially the heart! Use lots of sea salt!

    • Silvie | February 28, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      I still remmember the first time I saw Keira wearing this gorgeous dress… Breathtaking! Her hair and make up were impecable and the color really suits brunettes! 🙂 As always, I’ll remain inspired the whole week long, thank you Camille! *

      • Silvie | February 28, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        Oops I didn’t mean to reply! I just wanted to post a comment! 🙂

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    Melissa Mercier | February 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    What a fabulous color this purple is!

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    Clara | February 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Mmmm yes you must share your chocolate souffle recipe! And the artichokes, thank you so much for bringing that recipe to my attention- certainly would not want to miss it!

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    Jo | February 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    How earthy and romantic!

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    Kirbi Knop | February 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    This has to be one of my favorites!! Its beautiful, rustic, natural, chic, and full of so much texture and earthy colors I can almost taste the artichokes! The deep plum is the perfect contrast. Love it!

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