A hundred years ago luncheons with friends often had beautiful tablescapes designed by the hostess. Here’s a suggestion for how to create a beautiful table featuring poppies:
The poppy luncheon offers splendid possibilities for the massing of a single color, or two or three shades. Scarlet and white, or pink and white blooms blend wonderfully.
American Cookery (November 1916)
Poppies are so fleeting – and only last a few hours once cut, but my poppies are blooming, so this is the perfect time for a poppy luncheon.
Unfortunately, I failed to get organized enough to invite friends over, Not to be deterred, I cut a poppy and popped it into a bud vase, got the good china out – and had a delightful poppy luncheon for one.