SUMMER DINING

My family and friends know I love a home cooked meal.  Even more then that I love putting together a memorable table that is inviting and provides an intimate and warm backdrop to our meals together.   Here are just some of the dinners we have shared this summer al fresco along with some notes on how to style your summer table.

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For taco night I found this great wooden tray that I could display all of my toppings and condiments. I have these fab wood bowls that I’ve been collecting everytime I pass by a Japanese store that sells accessories for the home. I use these for Korean BBQ night, our homemade pizza party toppings and for various other dinners. These outdoor dinner plates are melamine so they are light and dishwasher safe making entertaining easy and stylish!
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Continuing on the topic of styling your outdoor table…Potterybarn seriously stepped up their game with their selection of outdoor dinnerware and place settings! From their many offered selections this summer I settled on these two different style plates that I can mix and match. Deep indigo Shibori patterned plates compliment these blue and white woven placemats and added touches like a table full of colorful succulents complete the look. Mixing in cloth napkins from Gray Market, vintage wood napkin holders and vintage brass & wooden cutlery create a textural, layered and comfortable vibe which I love.
A table full of succulents is such an easy way to make your outdoor table stand out without the money and maintenance of fresh flowers. They are easy to keep alive and thrive outdoors. I like to make my own arrangements by visiting my local flower mart or plant store and mixing different style concrete or stone pots add to that curated vibe. Mix in some fun glass lanterns so when your dinner or party goes into the evening they can add some warm ambient light to your table.
A table full of succulents is such an easy way to make your outdoor table stand out without the extra cost and maintenance of fresh flowers. They are easy to keep alive and thrive outdoors. I like to make my own arrangements by visiting my local flower mart or plant store and mixing different style concrete or stone pots add to that curated vibe. Mix in some fun glass lanterns so when your dinner or party goes into the evening they can add some warm ambient light to your table.
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Here is a little close up of the succulents I put together. I prefer mixing succulents with different colors and textures and try adding pebbles or moss on top of the cactus soil for a more finished look.
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Wrapping up this post with some pics from our most recent dinners!

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