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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Welcome to brunch on our patio!

I'm so glad you dropped in today! The weather is perfect and we can sit outside in the shade of the fruitless mulberry.

You'd like to help out? Sure, let's set the table together. I've already layered a blue linen table cloth from Williams Sonoma under a yellow and white cotton on. And the tray is on the table with all the things we'll need.

Looks like a tray full of sunshine and fun.
The fresh Gerbera daisies mixed in with the fresh greenery are just perfect for today. The touch of orange just picks up the color of the plates we'll be using today.

 The white carnations are still fresh from last week and add just the right amount of color, don't you think?
I love this flatware too! I was able to pick up settings for 12 recently at Tuesday Morning. The pearlized handles are so much fun.

The napkins are a memento from Cancun a couple of years ago. Simply rolled up into a sausage and inserted into silver banded in brass napkin rings.

This is really old. It belonged to my grandmother in law. I don't think anyone wanted it and so I've been enjoying it for the last 30 or so years. It's Mexican silver with etched and cut glass inserts. The inside holds a votive candle holder and candle.

Dishes are from Le Cadeaux in the Lisbon pattern. Oh you didn't know melamine could be this much fun? Well when the little ones join us we will nothing over which to fuss. It's all very child friendly. I love this for large groups also when you can't really keep an eye on every body!

I don't polish my silver much. I use it. And with use, it keeps the polishing to a minimum!

 This pitcher came from a garage sale. Although I can't remember which one, I remember the lovely time with my sister-in-law! We had a blast!

Looks like we are almost finished. The glass hurricane on the silver candle stick was also used in last week's tablescape! Just a different candle holder. No that candle isn't a special size...I just purchase one closest to the correct height and then cut off the bottom until the candle is below the hurricane. Having a candle sharpener helps - it works like a pencil sharpener and rounds the cut edges for easy insertion.

I've mixed all heights of candles. It makes it more fun. And yes, I'll burn them even if it is the middle of the day! You'll see, it just sets the mood.

Large cushy pillows make for nice chatting!
Good idea you had plucking some variegated vinca from the yard. I like how it drapes down the side of the silver pitcher. It seems to double itself due to the reflection.
I think they meant these plates to mimic authentic Talavera.

So as you see, no need to worry, the kids will be fine. Nothing breakable that they will be using.
These silver goblets? A family heirloom? Not ours but I'm sure somebody's. I found them on ebay!

I love the intricate scroll work on the stems. Such nice detail.
See, even in the sunshine, the candles add a bit of luxury.

Thanks for helping with the table.. now let's go get some food from the kitchen and enjoy the afternoon!

Thanks for dropping in. I'm glad that you can share the day with me. I'll be linking this post to Susan's wonderful Tablescape Thursday on Between Naps on the Porch.. just click the picture below!


Bobbie said...

Love it all!

Janet - Birdland Treasures said...

WOW, love love love the colorful dinnerware. Very beautiful and inviting!

Designs on 47th Street said...

I just love your style..in fact your style is MY style! I really love seeing your tablescapes and other things you share with us. I also enjoyed how this post was written. It would have been fun to actually help you set this table in person. :)

once in a blue moon... said...

cute setting!

Entertaining Women said...

Darutta design in plastic dinnerware...what a great idea for outdoor dining. My favorite is the inherited hurricane. I've never heard of a candle sharpener, but I'm going to search for one. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Sandy said...

Beutiful, I love all the color!! Great dishes and flatware and your flowers are perfect for the table.
Thanks for sharing and for visiting.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Marlis, I have you linked for the Rooster Party. So glad you are joining us. Have a wonderful time!

See you on Friday or before :-)

Barb ♥

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

who knew melamine could be so pretty...gorgeous table and it sounds so carefree...

Rettabug said...

Oh Marlis...what a BEAUTIFUL outdoor table setting! Such luscious colors & brilliant silver pieces! If you hadn't told us those were melamine dishes, we would have never known. They are positively lovely! Looks like heavy pottery from Spain or Italy.

I didn't know such a thing as a "candle sharpener" existed! The things I've learned from bloggers amazes me.

If I didn't have company coming over, I would be on my way to Tues. Morning to try to find that beautiful flatware. Great purchase!

Thanks for sharing this lovely setting. I can't wait for it to cool off a bit so we can eat outside again.


p.s. ♥ that silver tray you found at the estate sale!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

xinex said...

This is too perfect, so beautiful, Marlis! I love how you combined blue and yellow with the silver items. What a gorgeous outdoor setting!....Christine

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

This is so pretty! Your colors are so bright and cheerful!


Sailing Simply said...

Oh I love this setting! I love blue and yellow and the silver too! Those goblets are my family hierloom! Seriously, my mother has them now from her mother. She has given me just a few of them already! Aren't they amazing? I have one of the desert goblets "unpolished" in my setting this week too! Stop by for a visit if you get a chance. I really love that your setting is outside the most! Gorgeous!

niartist said...

Beautiful!!! I love your patio, the blue and the orange gerbera daisy is such a lovely combination! Thanks for sharing and inspiring! :)

Debbie said...

This is definitely one of the prettiest tables I've seen this week! I love those dishes. The colors are just beautiful...and they're practical too! I would like some fun utensils like that, too.

Everything is lovely, and the setting is perfect.

Barbara said...

What a pretty table! I would have never known that wasn't the real thing. Your flowers are so pretty. Looks like the perfect place for a meal!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Beautiful! I would have never guessed that those dishes were melamine. Love your beautiful goblets and that wonderful flatware too. Thanks for your very kind comments on my table this week too. And don't look now, but it seems that your home is being overtaken by roosters! (but very charming ones!) I love that painting!

Sharlotte said...

I love this table! The silver and blue is always so refreshing. Love the dishes too, I had NO idea they were plastic! They do look like Talavera. I really like the goblets and their gorgeous stems. Great flowers, well, just a breathtaking table! Thanks so much for sharing and for visiting!

Kate Dickerson said...

I love your dishes and blue handled flatware. Thank you for sharing this!

Mimi said...

Great setting...love your cheery dishes.

Linda said...

Hi Marlis, I love outdoor settings, and this one is really special. Love it all.

Sarah said...

Marlis, I spied the votive holder in the first shot. It's gorgeous with that etched glass. This table is perfection and so are your photos. Blue and yellow always makes my heart sing. I'm going to have happy thoughts thinking about this table setting all day. ;-)
~ Sarah


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