Summertime Dining

Summertime Dining
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summer diningThere’s a certain time of the year when the outside temperature reaches a point where you just want to live outside and enjoy the sunshine all you can. Dining outdoors is a great way to take advantage of the warm weather. I love dining in the gazebo, out on the patio, or even the porch; as long as I’m outdoors!

Creating a cozy area is key.  One of the first things I like to do is plump up the seating area with cushions and pretty throw pillows. For this particular table I kept the color palette simple, starting with white then adding in touches of pink.

linensI love to collect vintage china and have been able to find much of it at garage sales for an amazing bargain. I use my vintage china to create inexpensive mix and match tablescapes.  By using mismatched dishes and linens you can create a casual atmosphere while still using really beautiful pieces that make the table feel special.

I use simple flowers from my garden as a main feature on my table. The flowers in this tablescape are Ballerina Roses and Feverfew and have been loosely arranged in a pair of small cement garden planters.  Flowers casually strewn about the table and sprigs of flowers placed onto folded napkins add to the whimsy of the tablescape.

Silverware is not required at this table as the meal will be simple; a sampling of seasonal fruit, finger sandwiches and crudités.

centerpieceThe centerpiece for this table is one of my favorite pieces, a shallow Limoges bowl.  Filled with water it makes a lovely setting for thin sliced lemon and loose blooms to float freely in.  The lemons will fill the air with a fresh scent and after the meal the centerpiece will be used as a fingerbowl to freshen up sticky fingers.

With minimal effort summer dining can be simple yet elegant with a dash of whimsy.  Bon Appetit!


About The Author

Bella Rogers has a lovely blog called Bella's Rose Cottage where she shares pictures and writings of what she loves most. Stop by and visit!

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