Summertime is about casual and relaxed entertaining and this year, much of our entertaining is happening outdoors. There is something about summer that invites one to sit back and take things down a notch. That also translates into how I dress and how I set my tables during the warmer months. It's about having fun and casual dining al fresco. Whether it is a barbecue, clambake or elegant dinner for two.
This weekend, I pulled out all the stops and planned a quiet dinner for my hubby and I poolside. The sun was out and the temps were ideal for spending the day by the pool. There was delicious seafood, cold ice tea, wine, and lots of fun in the sun.
Such a fresh and festive way to elevate the occasion. Of course my tablescape was inspired by the blue hues in the pool. Linens in simple shades of blue and red enliven the table and just for fun; I used my playful Oceanside dinnerware by Lenox that is decorated with starfish, sea horses, and sand dollars in vibrant red, white and blue which sets the tone for my coastal tablescape. All come together to emit a relaxed feel as we kick back with a glass of favorite wine.
I always like to add an element of whimsy and interest. For this table, I simply used a small metal bucket to tuck in a napkin, lemon and small bottle of wine. I also used natural starfish to decorate each place setting.
Thank you for stopping by today sweet friends. Always remember to take time to do something special. Whether it's buying yourself petty flowers or having a cup of tea in your garden. Make everyday special.