Wednesday, November 30, 2011

~ Dining Alfresco ~

For those of you that came to the Open House you might remember the outside table set up to welcome you. I love decorating the outside for the Holidays. With our cooler temperatures and the weather doing a drastic change there won't be any dining outside. I thought I would share a few close ups for those of you that didn't come by for the Open House.
I love the use of burlap as a tablecloth, adding the velvet ribbon adds another texture. The soft feel of satin cushions along with fine linens spark some excitement.

Mixing china pieces make a tablescape exciting along with fun. Last year I used the same dessert plate, the red and white plaid speaks Christmas to me.
All of you know I'm over the top with anything animal related. The small pup reminds me of Miss Scooter always waiting patiently for Mr.P. The plate is peaceful and serene, it's only need is a piece of  Chocolate cake. :-))
Do you prefer coffee, tea or possibly hot apple cider for your drink? The curvy handle of the cup sits gracefully upon the worn edges of the saucer ready for your drink of choice.
I just recently started layering napkins. After viewing many of your blogs I realized the layering effect is fun and adds more excitement. It also made me organize all of those napkins according to colors and seasons. lol
Pulling the napkin through the silver napkin ring pulls the table together. Although it doesn't show well  the charger is silver, had to add a bit more bling. :-))

For the centerpiece I used the hurricane globe with the candle on a timer. With all the winds we've been having this was the logical choice. The reds and greens on the foiled covered Santa's flow nicely with the red in the napkin and red and green plaid of the dessert plate.
Across the patio...

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20 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

Your table looks so inviting! All the layering is quite inspiring! I really love the plaid dishes, they are perfect for the holidays! Very pretty, Lynne!

XO,
Jane

Richard Cottrell said...

I love the plaid. Richard from My Old Historic House.

bee bon said...

I'de like to sit right there with a big cup of hot chocolate Lynne, it looks very inviting.
Are you resting after your event? I'll bet the answer is 'No"
bee x

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Gorgeous Lynne!! I LOVE those plates! Martina

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Sooo cute. I am in LOVE with the plaid plate. It is perfect with the black and white transferware. What a pretty and inviting site for an al fresco dinner. Blessings, Barb

eddieross said...

That plaid plate is so cute for Christmas.
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
xo E + J

Janae said...

I have those coffee cups too! I love them!

Marlis said...

Love that the table topper is edged, adds so much elegance. The dishes are so great together. Absolutely charming.. xo marlis

Comeca Jones said...

Your tables are beautiful!

Wendy said...

Beautiful mix of plaid and black.

Alycia Nichols said...

I have that Royal Stafford "Hayride" dishware, too. LOVE it!!! I really love your tartan plaid, too. I have NO plaid in my repertoire, and I need to correct that someday soon. There's just something about plaid that makes me happy. BEAUTIFUL napkin rings, Lynne!!! Wow! Just beautiful!

Texas Tea Party said...

Lynne, the table is so pretty with the different layers. I,too, like animals especially puppies and my collie, Shelby, is loved like your pup. The term mad for plaid china is my weakness, so I loved your plaid plates. I just posted my Thanksgiving table yesterday for Mother was in an accident. I really enjoy seeing your blog for the patio and table are very lovely. Happy Tablescaping, Pam

Elaine said...

This little table has BIG time style! Love the layering of the dishes, the gorgeous napkin and napkin ring, and the vintage style ornaments!

Elaine
Creating Wonderful Spaces

lvroftiques said...

Ca-ray-zeee for the plate combination Lynne! And I love the burlap tablecloth too!
Girlfriend I put chandeliers in my closets! Lol! So I say Heck YES to the chandy in the powder room! *winks* Vanna

Bella Vista said...

Lynne, your table is wonderful....so cheerful. I really love the mix of dishes you have chosen....unexpected and totally delightful! The plaid is so, so happy.

You did a wonderful job. Have a blessed and happy week.

Barb ♥

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, Lynne. I have those Hayride dishes, but never thought to put them with tartan plates...great idea...I was just thinking of what I could use with my tartan plates, so don't be surprised if you see them in an upcoming post! Love your Santas.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

The tablecloth is one of my very favorite things that you have shown and now that plate! I adore transferware! We were able to pick up poinsettia's for just 99 cents each at Home Depot. The white and red ones would look lovely out there also..TONS of them. I go every year and buy them..so hand to fill in spots.
It's early yet, I know..but I couldn't resist. Not at that price. Now to just keep them alive all month. :):)
Hugs and love to you Lynne!
Mona

PAT said...

Beautiful table,Lynne. I love those napkin rings and the use of plaid with the black and white transferware. Wonderful!!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

I love these dishes and the combination you used in your table scape. Love it all. Pat

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Great combination for your setting. We were still having our lunch outside up until this week, November was such a great month here this year.