It seems that our "spring clean-up" stretched from March all the way to June this year, so our most of our entertaining had been postponed. But today, we welcomed some friends for lunch on the deck. The chores around the house are not finished, but we are closing in on the end of the list. This coral and grey combination seemed like a fresh, interesting choice for the afternoon table.
Check out the newly painted deck railing and freshly stained decking!
This fun, graphic cotton tablecloth is a new purchase from Boxwoods in Atlanta. I really was there to buy a gift, I promise! But since when have I EVER left there empty-handed? I actually did leave empty-handed, walked to my car and directly came back for it!
Last night, I took these roses for the centerpiece at a table at an outdoor concert. For that, they were packed into a white cache-pot with the stems cut short. Aren't they great?
This morning, I put them into these old French seed pots, since they were already cut short. They are more vibrant than the tablecloth, but I do like the blend.
This resin urn served as the centerpiece. It was a gift from a lovely houseguest, and I just love it. It came from a showroom called Antiques as Art, at the Atlanta gift mart at Americasmart.
It totally looks like carved granite. This detail is amazing.
Since we were outdoors, and the meal was very simple, I used this smoke-colored plastic twig flatware. Trust me.....it is a big step-up from the generic plastic utensils.
I love the way it picked up the color of the tablecloth. I used these faux-zinc chargers that I posted about here with our everyday white dinner plates.
Here's the box from the flatware. It is made by Michael Aram, who usually designs very sophisticated silver, gold, and pewter accessories. This is from Boxwoods, as well.
The cream linen napkin is held by a chicken wire napkin ring, which I chose mainly for the color.
The glassware is sleek, but interesting. The stem is from Tiffany's and the grey and white marbled goblet is from Boxwoods. I bought four of them, but I'm headed back to see if they have more. I just love them. I don't know who makes them, there is just a "B" on the bottom and "made in Indonesia". Believe it our not, I didn't plan on these working with this tablecloth, even though I bought them only a few days apart. When I was finally unloading my car, I had the bright idea to look at them together. Perfect!
These individual salt and pepper shakers seemed to suit the table in color and size. I've had them forever.
I used these orange salad plates for dessert. When I bought them for a wedding shower, I never guessed how often I would use them.
There was not a lot of room, but I plated in the kitchen.
It was so good to welcome friends to our home. They loved the table.
It was a lovely day and pretty warm, but not too, too hot yet.
And we appreciated taking the time out to enjoy this view and tell tales.
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