Dining outside should be easy, relaxed and fun. Although I've set a very formal table outside too, usually though, dining alfresco is more laid back at our home.
I started with a great tablecloth. April Cornell. Although, I'm not quite sure why the bands were put on square and then whacked off to create the round, the colors of the tablecloth are perfect. Blue. White. Yellow. Green.
Added some daisy mums and a bit of blue to the yellow tulips provided a great pop of color. Although dramatic floral arrangements look great in photos, I tend to remove them when these are this tall and replace them a smaller version or simply a bowl of floating candles and petals. (Table: 4/23/11)
Amber and green French hand-blown goblets are set at the ready for our refreshments.
I stacked the nito chargers, white dinner plates and green pressed glass salad plates to play off the colors of the tablecloth.
Argent flatware with pearlized blue handles serve as the flatware and the only blue on the table save for a bit in the flowers.
Nito napkin rings corral the napkins in place. Although the table is not small, placing the napkin on the rim of the plate keeps the table from taking on a crowded appearance. It also keeps matching napkins from fading into the tablecloth.
The twig vase was a recent find and I'm thoroughly delighted by it.The glass insert is not removable, so cleaning might be a challenge, bur I love it none the less!
Another recent find, this multi-salt salt cellar came home with me from Cielo in Santa Fe. There is a gray sea salt, an Hawaiian red salt and then white sea salt in the dish. Doesn't this make a lovely presentation?
Tiny salt spoons in pewter have a graceful leaf design.
Thank you very much for stopping in. I loved having you and hope that you enjoyed your stay as well. Leave a comment if you care, I do enjoy knowing you were here.
Nito chargers and napkin rings - World Market and Pier One
White dinner plates - Wedgewood Windsor
Green salad plates - had them so long I don't remember maybe Arcorac, France?
Water Goblets - French, Santa Fe, NM
Wine goblets - Stein Mart last year
Argent flatware - Horchow's
Twig vase - TJMaxx
Tablecloth and napkins - April Cornell
Please drop in on the weekly party at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch for her lovely Tablescape Thursday party. Hope to see you there!