Last week was a particularly tough week for Mr. Pressed Pants, so I fixed his favorite meal (meatloaf!) and we had a nice meal down on the lower terrace. We've been missing one of our favorite couples, so I used their names on place cards just for photographing.
It was a beautiful evening and we relaxed and talked and talked. This shot is taken from the upper terrace.
I started with this beautiful French script fabric in a pale turquoise with this grey/brown print. I didn't even hem the edges, but please don't tell my mother!
I picked up the bird theme on the cloth and added small bird nests and a velvet leaf just for a place card.
Yes, Michael, we wish you were here.
And Barb, too!!!!
I added these wire chargers, then a cream plate and a chocolate brown plate, both from Target. Then this cream faux French flatware. (Cheryl from JoJo's Joys is looking for some of this to add to her stash. Does anyone know where this is still available?)
These cream linen napkins are held in place with these beautiful feathers that I made into a napkin ring. The colors are perfect for this tablecloth, don't you think?
The glassware is a mix of clear and aqua glass. The aqua is Martha Stewart's from Macy's.
And these French tumblers are a favorite of mine. I think these say "a glass of friendship".
That was my inspiration for "inviting" Barb and Michael to the table.
This pewter piece held oil and vinegar.
I loved the "patina" on these candlesticks. They came from my favorite Atlanta store, Boxwoods.
They aren't old, but they look a bit aged. The colors couldn't be better for this table. They are usually in one of our guest bedrooms.
I used this faux bois pot for the flower arrangement. The flowers all came from the floral wholesaler. The cream gerbera daisies and hypericium showed up nicely against the wood color and......
these scabiosa seed pods were my surprise element. I just love these. I never saw them before.
Look how the brown stripes on the pods mimic the wood. I'm so glad that they are sort of dry, so I have been able to keep them for future dried arrangements.
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This was a very serene table, and a lovely evening, even without our "guests".
Since these pillows from the guest room were the perfect shade of linen and trim, I brought them down for a little extra comfort.
Before and after dinner, we moved to these chaises, which are on the same level as our dinner. We sat and let the frogs, Canadian geese, and the owl serenade us.
I used this little turquoise tray for our appetizers. (Melon wrapped with prosciutto)
And for sentiment, I added a couple of acorns which have already fallen on the terrace.
Missed you, Barb and Michael. It would have been a fun foursome!
You could have been another set of love birds at the table!!!!
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