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As Outside Dining Fades Away…

As Autumn rolls full steam ahead, the chill of the eve in many parts makes it tough to dine outside. This Wine & Dine Wednesday is a look back on some of the table settings of the past season. Long languid evenings spent at the table enjoying a meal, telling stories, laughing until it hurts. Memories to savor…



 

 

The Moving Pot of Orchids

Flower Friday brings us the moving pot of orchids, the same I posted on Monday. My thought here is always feel free to move around your flowers to best suit your needs for the moment. Have those blooms bringing you joy at every turn. For our guests at the cocktail party last Friday, these lit up the bathroom. For a simple meal the other eve, I moved them to the dining table. Different setting, high enjoyment factor for both.



 

 

A Season Ending Sunday Supper

It was a fiery red season ending supper table on Sunday eve. You know we love tradition. I get the same crazy beautiful dahlias at the Market each year for this meal. They strike a cord of both Summer and soon to be Autumn, dancing down the middle of the table for all of us to enjoy. Now you too! With a slight chill in the air as I write this, we welcome in the new season and relish the sunny memories of the last few months.



 

 

A Table For 6, A Table For 2

As Summmmaaaaa begins to slip away we are taking every opportunity possible to dine outside on the deck at WestWard. Sunday supper was a meal with visiting family. Last night, just the two of us on the Adirondack chairs. The dahlias, of course taking center stage at both. These are the times I will lock away in my memory come January when the rains start getting to me a bit. Those long sunny evenings languishing at the table, soaking it all in…



 

 

A Table in Blues

Today’s thought on setting a table is to choose just one color and then run with it. Blue was of course the color for the table above, with slight variations in the hue. It makes pulling items from your shelves easy, as you are staying with one tone. Then set away!



 

 

Mix & Match

Sunday supper out on the island the other day was all about mixing and matching. I often hear from folks at the shops that they don’t ‘entertain’ much because they feel like they don’t have enough of everything that matches to set a table. This makes my heart sink because that should never be a reason to not get friends together to break bread. Let creativity take the reins using what you have. For this table I really wanted to use the two new plates we found in Hudson last week. That was the driving force, then I used pairs of other blue plates to round out the table of eight. Trying to keep things in a color story helps unify the table, but is by no means necessary. I did use the same bamboo handled silverware for all as well as the same striped napkins, but those could have varied, as well. I shot this photo before I put the wine glasses out. Even though I do what I do for a profession, we don’t always have a full set of something. We only had 6 matching wine glasses, so I mixed & matched those too. End result, a table set out of love not perfection. Once friends arrive, those little details fall to the wayside and it is all about the laughter, the stories, and the sharing of a meal.



 

 

A Cozy Dahlia Supper

We hit the ground running yesterday, arriving back to Seattle Wednesday eve. Always nice to have a meal at the dining table our first full night back. I could not wait to get my hands on some Market dahlias, but did not get a chance to make it up there as the First & Spring shop was a hopping. Sydney worked both locations so she graciously picked up a bunch for us. The blooms are my Flower Friday pick of the week. Have a lovely, lovely last week-end of August everyone!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 162

Farmers markets often are brimming with other level produce you would never find at the grocery store. Case in point, celery. This head was so deep green and overflowing with leaves that it became the centerpiece for Sunday night supper before being called into action for all sorts of dishes this coming week.



 

 

Dining Al Fresco

If you are a regular blog post reader of mine, you know dining outside is a big deal to us. Just something about breaking bread under the sun or moon that tugs at my heart strings. Sharing a meal with those you love rates pretty high on my list, indoors or out, but feeling the wind or hearing the waves bumps up the specialness. Whether it be a simple or grand table, or a blanket, or a park bench, enjoy a lunch or drinks or supper in the great outdoors on one of these beautiful days. It does the soul good.



 

 

Hydrangea & Geranium Set the Scene

The gift of hydrangea was the driving force behind our Sunday supper table. The big tub of geraniums that was a gift from the Country Living shoot months ago going crazy with all this sunshine. Together they set the scene for the meal. This was the 18th year in a row we celebrated Summer with a group of dear friends on the last Sunday of July. We love a tradition. All sorts of blue was pulled to incorporate on the table. The recycled metal whale we sell at WK the centerpiece. Which meant the hand painted whale glasses that were also a gift were called into action. The British blue banded dinner plates with the French monogrammed W salad plate atop always makes me smile because it combines so many things near & dear to my heart–England, France, blue, monograms. A bit of tan from the bamboo handled flatware adding a bit of additional color. It was a hot, hot day so I liked the idea of no tablecloth and the cool of the zinc tabletop exposed. Then Mister Sive was at the grill doing his magic. An easy G&T station set up so folks could help themselves. Then we were off and running with a gathering to celebrate the season!