One of my absolute favorite things about summer is dining al fresco on the patio! There’s just something about eating outdoors on a lovely day that is just so delightful. But what makes it all the more charming and more than a little romantic is to dine at a table, beautifully set.
I’m joining with a wonderful group of talented bloggers to bring you a summer tablescape blog hop dedicated to dining al fresco. You can find the links to the other table settings at the bottom of this post.
But first let’s get a closer look at my table…
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If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you well know my love for mismatched vintage china. I love to collect odds and ends and bits and pieces and mix them all up in varied ways. But what you may not know is that I actually do have, and sometimes use together, a full set of Royal Albert American Beauty and setting a table with the many different sized pieces really magnifies the beauty of the floral.
(You may have read the story of how I once fell down the stairs and broke a full set of dishes, told in this post, and how that incident unleashed a whole new creativity and love of collecting.)
Playing off the lovely floral china motif, my centerpiece is comprised of sun-drenched, curly-lipped lisianthus.
I used champagne flutes from Ralph Lauren in the glen plaid crystal pattern. I’ve had these glasses for a very long time and I use them over and over, as they work with just about any table style you can imagine. I also have the wine goblets and the highball glasses and they have a weightiness to them that makes them feel quite distinguished.
I have so many different pieces in this exquisite pattern that I even have two different types of teacups; one with the roses peeking out from inside the cup and the other with the blooms on the outside of the cup. I love how easy it is to find pieces to add to my collection and I’ve spent countless hours on ebay in this pursuit.
My floral is tucked into a vintage silver tea tin, bought an an antique market in London, but you can find them online, as well. When not brimming with flowers, I keep Earl Grey (my favorite tea) in this tin.
For napkins I used these stunning embroidered linens from Fragonard, Paris. They come in a set of four and each one is slightly different.
We have a decent sized patio but most of it is dedicated to a conversation area with lounge style seating, so we added this sweet little bistro set for just this purpose. The rose toned pillows are from West Elm.
The pale pink damask tablecloth is vintage, found at a local market.
It’s fun to see this pattern used in its entirety because I so often mix it with very different pieces. You can see how different it looked in this Christmas tablescape mixed with plaid and again in this breakfast setting mixed with red transferware. I’ve actually forgotten how long it’s been since I used it together in all its floral glory!
Please take some time to enjoy all the beautiful tablescapes in the blog hop this week. They are all linked below by the day of the week they become available and I know you will enjoy a relaxed visit to each one! I would also like to thank the amazing Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate for organizing and hosting this wonderful event… 🙂
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