We love eating on the deck in the hut as much of the year as possible. Strangely, this year we have managed to only eat there a couple of times. So, when Wonder Hubby told me last Thursday we were having dinner guests Friday night, I was glad the weather was going to be good for dining al fresco.
I had seen this picture in a Pottery Barn catalog and knew I wanted to do something similar.
I put together this simple yet elegant summer tablescape and I really like the way it turned out. I really wish I had 6 burlap place mats to use with this look (hint, hint spare daughter, I need two more to go with the 4 you made me Christmas, wink!) but alas I had only 4 (which I would have used but Mini vetoed the idea) so the table is sans place mats.
This tablescape gave me ideas for a couple more for the summer season....gotta get started on those :)
I love the simple color palette and organic materials. I am still loving my square Food Network plates Wonder Hubby got for free at Kohl's, even after 3 yrs.! The glasses were a yard sale find from my dad, wish they were depression but are only Whitehall....but they work just fine.
The shells were collected over the years on various beach trips. Even the crushed shells that filled the bottom of some of the votives were collected and a darn good copy of the PB ones!
The napkin rings are another of my Playing with PVC creations. I blogged about some of them here. Since I was trying to mimic the PB photo a bit, I needed to use some rope and had none. I dug out my trusty twine and used it and some PVC and ta da....napkin rings. I may make another set and add shells but I was on a limited time frame so I went with simple!
Your napkins can get a bit hairy....I discovered this oh about 3 minutes before guests arrived, yikes!
Nothing like a box of matches to throw off the whole thing huh?
I would love to show you pictures after dark with the whole hut illuminated with my candle chandy and other candles......but I got so caught up with good food and good company that taking pictures completely slipped my mind. Isn't that how a good dinner party should be? Thanks for stopping by, I hope you will come back soon.