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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Summer Dining Alfresco

Hello, dear friends!
How is your summer going? It has been a beautiful summer so far, and I have been enjoying the lovely warm days. I can't believe it is August already, and it's almost back to school time. Just got back from our vacation in Cape Cod, and it seems like summer has gone by so quickly!
Today, I thought I will share with you some pictures of a summer tablescape :)

Dining alfresco under the apple trees is a wonderful way to enjoy the balmy days of summer:

A pot of red impatiens sits inside a white lantern and is hung from the branches with a wired burlap ribbon:

Elements of a summer tablescape:

Flavored water in blue mason jars to quench your thirst on a hot summer day:

Ice cubes made with strawberries and blueberries or any other fruit of your choice not only add flavor to the water, but look so colorful as well:

The place setting:
Elements of a casual place setting:
Two layers of dinner napkins in red and white:

I found these adorable berry napkin rings in an outlet store called Anne and Hope in Providence, Rhode Island. Don't they look so pretty with the red napkins?

A closer look of the place setting:

A navy blue and white striped dinner plate is topped with a smaller Crate and Barrel white salad plate. The blue and white striped dinner plate is from their Country Living Collection:

I love the nautical look of these adorable plates.
A rim shot of the plates:

A red soup bowl sits on top of the white salad plate:

Love the black coiled tip fork from Pier 1:

As centerpiece I inserted a pot of pretty blue lobelia inside a Coca Cola crate:

I love lobelia with its delicate and dainty blooms 

Cute little blue ceramic birds added as accents

A galvanized bucket full of summer blossoms sits on a bench

Dining alfresco is another wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful days of summer:

Before I sign off today, I will leave you with a few pictures from our vacation at Cape Cod:
The pristine beaches of Cape Cod:

The Pilgrim Monument erected to commemorate the Pilgrims' first landing in America on the  Mayflower at Provincetown, Cape Cod:

So, how are you enjoying your summer?
Thanks for stopping by! It is always a pleasure to have you visit me.
Enjoy your weekend!

~Hugs, Poppy~

Linking to:
French Country Cottage:Feathered Nest Friday


  1. Oh my goodness...I just adore this table setting and all of the beautiful accents. The burlap, the colors, the details, I am smitten with it all! I hope you enjoyed your time in Cape Cod as well! Happy summer, Poppy! :)

  2. Such a pretty post! You just can't beat red and white for alfresco dining.
    Visiting from Amaze me Monday......

  3. I would love to join you at this very cheerful and inviting alfresco setting. Then lets race to that pretty beach. Ahhhhh, Cape Code!

  4. Hi there, Poppy! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself on vacation. It's wonderful to get away for awhile and just BE!!! With summertime winding up before too terribly long, I'm sure it was the getaway you'll need to get through the next several months!

    Your tablescape is beautiful! I love the colors (because you simply can't do wrong with red, white & blue!), and the ease of the setting is wonderful. I really like those dinner plates. They have kind of a country feel (hence the name of the collection, I suppose...duh!) with a sophisticated twist. Pretty napkin rings, too. Of course, the pretty Mason jar is the crowning touch with those fruity ice cubes. I hadn't considered simply freezing the blueberries in the ice cubes. That would make them be better distributed in the glass and keep them cold longer. Great idea!

    The pastoral backdrop to your tablescape is really pretty. It's almost like being in the woods! And that lantern hanging from the tree is a terrific touch! It really adds a lot to the entire setting.

    Very, very nice! Thank you for sharing, and have a good week ahead! (Visiting from Christine's Rustic & Refined "Table It!" blog party)

  5. Olá, Poppy querida!

    Que bom que você voltou!

    Estava com saudades das suas postagens tão bonitas e inspiradoras.

    Ahhh...que lindo...tudo cheio de luz e capricho!


    Lígia e =^.^=

  6. Lovely and inviting! What a perfect spot to enjoy a meal. Love your dishes. Thanks for sharing! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  7. totally cute table for 2, I just love the lantern hanging from the tree and your flower bucket~ so many wonderful and comfortable touches!

  8. I love all the textures here and the serenity of your pictures.

  9. Love the details of this Tablescape. The tablecloth grabbed my eye immediately and I love the dishes. The lantern with the impatiens is adorable. Cape Cod sounds wonderful. I haven't been East in too long.

  10. Poppy, glad to hear that you had such a wonderful vacation. Your table is gorgeous! I love all of the attention to detail! Summer is flying by way to fast! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. I LOVE this, Poppy!! You create the most wonderful alfresco dining experience, from the outdoor setting to the fun table setting, and lovely summer flowers.
    I could sit there for hours and never want to leave!
    Mary Alice

  12. Well I'm ready to come over and sit down with you at that charming table under the apple trees! I love your red, white and blue color scheme. Those forks are wonderful! I didn't know Pier One sold those. Love the dainty blue flowers too.

  13. What a beautiful set up!! I feel like running straight to the garden to grab a chair for myself. Wonderful choice of colors. I so love it!


  14. What a lovely tablscape for an outdoor dinner! I love how you used blue, red and white, a very happy table. Is that the nordic design on the napkins? It looks a lot like the patterns on mugs I have.

  15. Your beautiful table looks like the perfect spot to enjoy a summer meal. Everything looks perfect. Thanks so much for sharing.

  16. Very pretty and love the hanging lantern.

  17. So lovely...crazy about that lantern!

  18. Oh, my gosh, I love your table! Those napkin rings are awesome. I want them! I have that same flatware. It's so versatile, isn't it? Everything is so crisp and summery! Lovi it all!


Thanks for stopping by and for your loving thoughts. They make me smile!Hugs~Poppy