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Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Outdoor Dining-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I don't know why, but food tastes better when you're dining outdoors. Don't you agree? So, I love to dine outdoors. (I'll do anything to make what I cook taste better.) I started the table with a brightly colored vintage cloth that shouts "Spring".

Outdoor Dining-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

It's easier to serve outdoors if I put our place settings on trays. This time, I used blue plastic trays. Red napkins are held in place by blue checked rings.

Outdoor Dining-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

The blues and reds are brought together in these salad plates (Penny Lane Patchwork by Spode).

Outdoor Dining-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Square dinner plates are Nova Rouge by Gourmet Expressions.

Outdoor Dining-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I purchased these vintage flower cart glasses at an estate sale one time. I used them because they pick up the colors in the tablecloth.

Outdoor Dining-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

A little wheelbarrow carrying a burlap bag of faux Lavender served as a centerpiece.

Outdoor Dining-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Have you dined outdoors yet this Spring? This is my favorite time of the year for alfresco dining. It's still a comfortable temperature outside, and the mosquitoes haven't begun swarming us yet.
Happy outdoor dining!
 This post is partying with  Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch and  Thoughts of Home on Thursday at Poofing the Pillows.


Oliva Ohlson said...

I agree! Beautiful!!!

Nancy's Notes said...

What a wonderful tablescape, It is so colorful and each detail is delightful!
Enjoy your outdoor dining!

Ginger said...

I wish I lived close by you so I could come and see your beautiful home. Indoors/outside beautiful.

candlelightsupper said...

Such a charming post. Love all the details. But my favorite is those most charming glasses. I love them!

Stacey said...

I completely agree with you. Even a ham sandwich tastes better under the sun.

Your table is beautiful, as always. I love the way you've collected great things over the year and then put them together.

Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home. ;)

Marcia said...

Lovely. The tablecloth is so pretty.

Unknown said...

I love to dine outside too. Whenever my hubby and I are working outside, I will run inside for a mid morning snack to bring out to enjoy. I almost always keep a bowl of fresh fruit in the fridge. Somehow the fruit just tastes better out there under that umbrella. Right now I hate to even think about that horrible heat and humidity that envelops us in mid to late summer. When the mosquitoes and flies appear, it somehow loses it's appeal, but as soon as it cools off again in the fall, I am right back out there. I know. My hubby's buddy was right. I am a sissy!

Lulu said...

I am loving this season which allows outdoor dining. In Houston, we have to take advantage when we can! Your tables always have such fun pieces that say so much about you.