I love a formal table setting… I really do. Some of my settings have gotten so complex that I feel like I’m staging a production with props, where the table itself can barely be seen. But at our first gathering in our new home, I did the complete opposite. It was a lovely day to sit outside and only the first pieces of our patio decor had arrived. I had two tables set up inside, but it was also the perfect time to do casual wine and cheese on the patio.For a setting outside, you really need to wait to see what the weather will bring, so this was truly thrown together at the last minute. I was delighted to pull out my blue Fitz and Floyd Toulouse salad plates to set the mood and work with the natural landscape.Only a few of our pillows had arrived for the cozy deck sofa and I’d purchased nothing in the way of outdoor tabletop items to go with the vision I have for the patio, so I was completely improvising here. The look will eventually be more chinoiserie blue, but I had a house full of people coming, so I grabbed what I could find.Most of the hors d’oeuvres were served inside, but cheese goes quickly and works well with wine, so out it came for a little pre-dinner nosh. The Pottery Barn spreader on the left mixed nicely with a vintage cheese knife I had.As always, my favorite Ralph Lauren wine goblets were on the scene. I have many different glasses for various types of wine, but these are an old favorite and are often my go-to choice.Even on a warm day, you need to worry about the breeze blowing the lighter items around, so I rolled up the ruffle edged linen napkins and tucked them in this Pottery Barn vase.I’ll need to be adding more containers to the patio, but we started off with some simple blue hydrangeas. To me they’re one of the happiest flowers! You can see the wire peeking out of the bottom, as these particular containers hold speakers inside. I’ll be posting the indoor tables in another post, but this sweet little starter launched off our celebration in just the right way!
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