Our ritual of bringing the dining table outside for the warm months happened yesterday. Out comes a little table we have up in the shed that replaces it inside and the long zinc model becomes al fresco central. I write about this as outside dining is such a lovely thing in my book. We are always looking for ways to enjoy a meal in the sun or as the sun goes down, be it a picnic or full-on, table set meal. Rather than have a table outside part of the year in the rain, we like the idea that it is our ‘everyday’ dining table. Where is this post going, you ask? It really is just a reminder to us all to grab a spot in the breeze and take a few moments, many really, and enjoy the heck out of a meal outside. There are lots of ways to do it, I just thought I would share ours that we enjoy so much. That table for two last eve will be filled with many friends this Summer sharing a meal, creating wonderful memories.
The first batch of notes/letters arrived on Saturday. Major happiness. I sat in my favorite chair by the fire at WestWard last night after dinner and read through them. You have no idea–well, that is silly, I think you probably do–how much I enjoyed reading them. From Arizona, to Kansas, Florida, D.C. and many points in between, what a joy. Loved it! Keep them coming. Thank you SO much!!!
The varying hues of blue, from cobalt to the lightest lightest sky blue are the color inspiration of the day. I find it so interesting how a color starts to grab you, and you start noticing it in big & small ways. Like a customer wearing a denim jacket that is worn to perfection or leafing through a design magazine and your eye goes right to the beautifully blue plates on a table setting. I tip my hat to blue in many forms.
This Sunday eve WestWard supper table was set with blue as the prevailing theme. If you have been to the shops, you know using one color in many shades & shapes is something I hold near and dear. It creates a collective whole, making things match, without being too matchy matchy. The whale taking center stage. The French Gien ‘W’ monogrammed plates a new find at WK, where we can order up whatever initial you would like, in a variety of sized plates. The whale glasses bringing it all together. A few candles were lit, a bottle of red was opened (the post tomorrow), chicken with root vegetables (yesterday’s post) was dished up, and dinner was served.
Vintage plates are a lovely thing to collect and have on hand to pull from to give easy variation to your table settings. Look for sets that have been broken up for best deals. Buy whatever number you like, as sometimes having 1, 2, 3 or 4 of a certain pattern is fun and all you need. The variety is key.
I have been on a blue kick lately. I think it might be the time of year and how the light treats it, the hue changing tones so easily. Whatever the reason, I am just liking it in all sorts of forms.
My oh my, what a day. We were out on the island and it truly felt like an August day. 75 degrees, sunny, the birds singing away. Wow. We will take it. Last week-end was also pretty stellar so out came the dining table to the deck for the season. Earliest we can ever remember. Last night, we pushed it all the way to the end of the deck where we were bathed in early evening sun as we had our dinner. I set the table in deep blues–the light reflecting off of the cobalt & varying blues. Truly, if you can grab a spot outside to dine in your part of the world, do. Whatever the season, it always makes a meal special.
Nature can provide all sorts of wondrous things when you want to set a table. The other evening at a table for two for our Sunday eve supper, various beach finds were called into action.
This lichen & moss covered branch TPS found on a walk from one of the trees that jets out over parts of the beach. Sculptural just as it was, it anchored the setting.
Then I pulled a few favorite shells out of our large glass vase filled with them, that we are constantly adding to. The trio shell holder I found ages ago while vintage shopping would hold the salt and continue the shell-y theme.
And lastly, 2 hand-painted blue dominos that are part of a set that were a gift from our friend Jane. I always like to add something that doesn’t quite fit as I think it sparks conversation & visual interest. I have a funny domino story to tell at a later posting… With the table set, it was on to dinner as twilight danced around us.
Varying shades of blue was the theme on our last dinner out on the island. Two of our nieces were visiting so the table was set for 4 on a beautiful eve as the sun started to set. Our niece Caitlin is a professional chef, so we knew we were in for a real treat as she was preparing us dinner.
As the outdoor dining season is drawing to a close in our neck of the woods, I really wanted this to be a simple table. Leaving the zinc top bare and exposed seemed to pull all the blue together. Lots of votive candles and a lantern would create flicker and light as it is starting to get darker earlier, and I knew we would just sit and chat the eve away after the meal. The blues seeming to change depth of color as the natural light receded into the evening. The sound of the lapping water below being the music for the meal. Even though the calendar says Fall, it felt like a Summer eve under the stars–and what an awesome few months of alfresco dining it has been.
Honoring the meal continues, this time wrapped up in blue. Using what you have, is a continual theme in what I write about. In this case, sea shells we have collected on beach walks get incorporated into the table setting. This table for deux I set a few weeks ago on a sunny Sunday just for us. The table was outside on the deck facing Colvos Passage, we watched the boats sail by as we enjoyed our supper. The seashells adding just the right amount of beach-y to the table. Bottom line, if you have it, if that ‘it’ makes you happy, use it. The shells we have found over the years just bring back lovely memories. I am always so happy to use them anyway I can in a setting, big or small.
An all blue color theme has played a big part of our alfresco table settings this season. I don’t know if it is the light against it, but it just seems to be soothing and invigorating all at the same time. Sunday supper last week was with dear friends who we have a tradition of hosting out on the island on the last Sunday of July each year. This was our 10th year in a row and it was a stupendously sunny Summery day to celebrate our tradition. The blue hydrangea a gift the day before which were incorporated right into the table setting the moment we arrived on Saturday evening. I just cut them quite short and put them in clear drinking glasses so the heads rested right on top of the lip. Such happy flowers dancing down the middle of the table.