August 2, 2016

Join me for Lunch on the Porch

Welcome to the Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop! 

You are in for such a treat this week as you hop from tablescape to tablescape seeing some beautiful table settings for inspiration in your home. 

Summer is such a wonderful time of the year to dine outside. I love to bring my dishes outside to set an elegant table in the fresh air. 

I am so glad that you are visiting me today and hope you enjoy your time here. Now...on to my Alfresco table.

Come and join me for lunch. 

I have set the table outside on the porch.

There is a cool breeze. 
It feels as if it might rain in a few minutes, 
so that will cool down things a little more. Hopefully the showers will hold off until after our luncheon. 

We will be fine...because we are undercover.

There is a pitcher of sweet tea on the table, and we will be ready to eat in a few minutes. 

Go on outside and and pour yourself some tea while I finish the salads to bring out for us to enjoy.

I was not sure how I wanted to set the table for us today, but I settled in on using my turquoise with white. 

I like to use a white tablecloth when dining outside. It reminds me of a French table. Elegant, yet understated.  

Imagine an elegant luncheon in the south of France with the sun shining brightly outside, but you are enjoying the shade for a nice two hour long "le déjeuner." 

The French version of dining outside is manger à l'extérieur. are actually in the southern part of Kentucky. Just imagine...southern. :-)

I chose to use a Beatriz Ball platter with boxwood balls for the centerpiece today. 

I love a little silver to make a table more elegant, especially outside. In this case the platter and candlesticks are actually easy care aluminum. 

I chose to use my elegant looking plastic goblets. I love that they look similar to crystal. No worry about breaking a glass! I bought the goblets a couple of summers ago and I love using them. 

I like to use linen napkins and silverware even when eating outside. Those simple touches, along with porcelain or pottery dishes turn an outside meal into an elegant occasion. 

"Simple, but elegant," is my motto. :-)

I have lots of layering going on with this table setting. 
A washable white tablecloth.
Round straw placemats.
A white porcelain luncheon plate.
A turquoise salad plate. 
A white linen napkin.

I don't always layer to this extent. It just depends on my mood. I wanted my table to look extra pretty for you today.

Ok, back to le déjeuner.

On the menu today is...

I am so glad you stopped by to have lunch with me. I hope you liked my table setting this week too. 

I want to personally invite you to hop on over to the other blog participants. The schedule for each day is below. So, if you missed a day you can always backtrack to catch up. 

Now, please visit the other lovely blogs participating in the

Al Fresco Tablescape Blog Hop 

Thanks for visiting.

More of my table settings... Happy Browsing!

Spring Equestrian
Let's Set the Table for Breakfast
Dinner by Candlelight 
A Mother's Day Table Setting
No Fuss Thanksgiving Table
Celebrating the 4th of July

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. A very fresh and cool tablesetting for these hot summer days. I would welcome an invitation to an al fresco luncheon in such a beautiful setting.

  2. What a lovely table in cool blue and white for a hot summer day.


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