May 31, 2016 at 5:15 pm 2 comments

AAhhh………..dining alfresco! One of summer’s great pleasures and a great way to enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of nature. Communing with nature always gives my spirits a lift and what better way than dining in an outdoor setting; on a boat dock, under a large tree, in a secluded garden, on the loggia or a poolside deck.

For dinner at dusk, my friend Suzanne used to set a formal table under a large oak in her Alabama backyard complete with a beautiful tablecloth, fine china and silverware, crystal goblets and silver candlesticks. She would hang an old candle chandelier  from a tree branch to complete the setting. It was a very special and unforgettable experience!

Food just seems to taste better alfresco and I always have so much fun coming up with creative and unique table settings. Mix and match china, flatware and unexpected object d’ art to create exotic, whimsical, formal or country casual themes. Fresh flowers are a must and of course candles for those special evening dinners.

So give your imagination some free rein and create your own enchanted space for dining alfresco!

Dennis and I hope you and yours have a fabulous summer!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Julia @ Hooked on Houses  |  June 16, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I so agree! There’s nothing better than dining outdoors on a balmy evening. I think Suzanne has the right idea with the goblets, candlesticks, and chandelier. How wonderful!


    • 2. claystephens  |  June 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

      Thanks for visiting my blog! Love your site!



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