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A Simple Alfresco Table Setting

We have had beautiful weather for alfresco dining 
here in SoCal.
So when dear friends wanted to come see the house
(and even bring lunch)
I knew eating outside was the perfect spot!

I wanted a clean and simple tablescape.

I began by covering our large farm style table
with a drop cloth 
to set the tone for layered simplicity.

Next I reinvented my long centerpiece with
succulents in glass jars.
A simple project that consisted of simply placing
the succulents in dirt and planting.
I was so happy with the clean sculptural lines they produced.

This centerpiece still lives on 
so my backyard table is always ready for impromptu 
summer dinners as well!

Place setting were kept all white
atop natural dark brown placemats
to keep with the rustic feel 
I used clear bubble glasses and my ironstone silverware.

I added a touch of luxury
with my antique oversized linen napkins
I purchased at one of the French Basketeer's classes.
These are the most amazing pieces
with not only embroidered monograms
but each napkin has dots in a different color.
No doubt to keep them from getting them mixed up
so many, many years ago!

I always love a bit of whimsy on my tablescpes 
so these pug salt and peppers certainly did the trick!
To give them more presence on the huge table
I set them on wooden squares with mint from my garden.

On the back side of the table
I added a set of love birds.

Fluffed in the very same manner.

Drinks were kept in a large silver-plated  planter
garnished with oranges and rosemary from the garden
for a fresh summer feel.

I used the fresh sliced oranges
to give a natural pop of color to set up
since lunch was being brought picnic style
talk about fabulous guests!
I love everything about entertaining
except the food prep so this was a marvelous luncheon
of creative coming together!

Luncheon favors were wrapped simply as well
garnished with garden lavender.

My favorite way to entertain is always outside
here in Southern California
styling with what I grow in my gardens
always makes my heart ever so happy!

As always y friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life


  1. Just beautiful. And I'm ga ga over those pug salt and pepper shakers!


  2. Tamera, you're such an inspiration to me. I love pugs and those shakers are just adorable....thank you.

  3. Lovely as always my friend!

  4. what a wonderful table setting. Love the bubble glasses , the white mixed with green, wooden and industrial parts. Just sit down and
    enjoy dinner.

  5. Love your table setting. In fact I just pinned it to Pinterest! I too love those antique huge table napkins!

  6. You never cease to amaze me with your eye for detail and creativity. I am instantly inspired.