Thursday, August 4, 2016

Provence Garden Alfresco Dining Tablescape

Is there any season that says relax the way the summer does? I think not! Dining outside is not only one way we relax in summer, but it's also fun. Chloe Crabtree, of the blog Celebrate and Decoratehas assembled a group of bloggers from all over the map to share how we tablescape for dining alfresco, and I'm happy you're here today! We'll be dining casually in the courtyard today, just outside the sunroom, with the landscape garden just beyond.
We'll be seated on the patio within the courtyard, with a wall of lavender and roses facing the sun just beyond, where a patch of lawn and hot tub are also situated.
A simple, popup table is set beneath the 13' cantilevered umbrella, which ensures a wide brim of shade for dining. A teak bench with toss pillows serves as seating on one side, while two cushioned, wrought iron chairs are pulled from just inside the French doors of the sunroom for guest seating on the opposite side.

Container plantings flanking the sunroom doors give an illusion of a table centerpiece when viewed from the table, at a distance.
With a vintage quilt draped as the basis of today's tablescape, seating is for four. Using the wonderful set of Mikasa's Provence Garden (by Kim Parker) dishware I won from Mary's blog, Home is Where the Boat Is, the blooms on the dishware are as plentiful as those in the summer garden.
Place settings are distinguished with favors of seed packets for each guest as takeaways, set in miniature placeholder watering cans (Bunny Williams for Ballard Designs).
Pale yellow napkins are gathered with enameled rings (MacKenzie-Childs' Butterfly Garden). The flatware choice is one of my favorite vintage sets, with delicate roses on the handles (Nobility Plate, Royal Rose).
Glassware is vintage Blenko - crackled and dimpled glasses, with matching decanter. While the dishware also includes matching mugs in the set, I opted for the colorful Blenko to make the colors of the quilt pop against the setting.
Rocking chairs within the courtyard beckon guests to linger, long after dinner is over....
...while the gateway to the garden just beyond the courtyard wall beckons for guests to stroll through the landscape, lingering just a bit longer. It all still looks pretty much as it was in this recent post, very healthy and lush.
Whether sitting within the courtyard walls or strolling through the garden, alfresco dining promises an enjoyable atmosphere. You can almost feel transported to another place...perhaps a Provence garden?
Thank you for joining me on this very special blog hop of alfresco dining. A special thanks goes to Chloe Crabtree for the invitation. 

I encourage you to visit the other bloggers joining in this outdoor event by visiting their blogs, listed below. To those who are visiting my blog for the first time, welcome! I hope you'll stay and browse my topics, and return to visit regularly, if you like the subjects. I am not a revenue-producing blog, so I have no obligations to blog, just enjoyment. If you prefer, you can receive my posts through email subscription by signing up on the sidebar of my page.

Rita C. at Panoply

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