after the storm

after the storm
Welcome autumn!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

anything eaten outside always tastes better

We eat outside as much as possible. Sometimes, it is the whole family and we need every available table. Sometimes, there are just a few of us. Most of the time, it is just for two. This was set was for Mother's Day.

The sunflowers set the mood.

There seemed to be no choice but to use yellow and green.

A wrap of twine for the flatware seems to add to the outside, simple, natural feel.

A special treat for my mom

Surrounded by iris and roses...

with butterflies for company, anything eaten outside always tastes better.

chargers/placemats - Pier One, current and on sale
green plates and bowls - Pottery Barn, many years ago
yellow plates - Crate and Barrel, Vista, in stores now
napkins - Pottery Barn
flatware - "Beads" by Wallace, currently available at Horchow
"I love you, Mom" spoon from etsy:
candle holders - Illumination Candles - Because of the economy, they went out of business last year. I miss them so much!
glassware - Target, many years ago. Why didn't I buy 16 instead of 8?


Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Love the sunflowers and the green/yellow combo of your dishes on the dark surface of your table. The surroundings are gorgeous too. Welcome to TT! Your pics are awsome and I agree, everything tastes better when eaten outside!


A 2 Z said...

Hi Barbara,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate it. I love sunflowers. It reminds me of my trip to Tuscany. There were fields of sunflowers as far as the eye can see. Unforgettable! I'm a new follower. Thanks for sharing.

Anne-Marie with a dash

a quiet life said...

very sweet~

kayellen said...

Yes I am with you!!Everything tastes better outside!!
Love your tablescape:)
Smiling with a half numb face~~root canal fun:)))

Have a great weekend!

Kay Ellen

Tricia said...

I love the way you've let the sunflowers be the stars. The rest of the table is simple and elegant -- great placemats (or chargers?)!

Lynn said...

Love the napkins and "I love you mom" spoon - how fun!

Joanne Kennedy said...

I agree, eating outdoors is always nice. Well, as long as there are no bugs and the wind doesn't kick up to much :)

Your table is darling. Love the pretty sunflowers. Cute spoon!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

I think you are doing a super job! I can't believe you're new to both. Your tablescape is wonderful as is your photography, and I adore those sunflowers.

Happy Tablescape Thursday and Welcome! :-)



Blondie's Journal said...

Your table is beautiful...the sunflowers really set the mood. And I love the original way you layered the napkins and silver in the bowls! Nicely done.

Welcome to blogging. You are off to a great start!! :-)


So Sunny Day said...

oh the colors are just stunning! what a special day you must have had :)

~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

The Tablescaper said...

Welcome to blogging. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

You need to add a gadget for Followers so we get notified everytime you have a new post your Followers would get notification so they know to come and take a look.

What a great tablescape.Right down to the little twine that wraps the silverware. Just lovely.

You might be asked the same question that I'm frequently asked, "Where do you keep it all?". So in celebration of my first blgiversary, I'm holding a meme entitled just that: "Where do you keep it all?" on June 2, 2010. Come grab my button and join us!

- The Tablescaper

The Style Sisters said...

Wow this is just so beautiful and how I love to eat outside! I am so with you on that! I am hosting a new linky party next wed called..Centerpiece Wednesdays and would love for you to participate. You always have beautiful ideas. I am excited to see what everyone comes up with. Stop by my blog and grab my new button to help spread the word. Thank you for your inspiration!

Marigene said...

Yes, the sunflowers did call for a green and yellow is singing spring for me! Love it!

Sarah said...

Love to dine alfresco! This is a lovely table setting with the sunflowers and all your attention to detail. The twine on the flatware is a nice touch. ~ Sarah

An Oasis in the Desert said...

The table is beautiful. Sunflowers are my fav.

xinex said...

Just beautiful! The sunflowers make the table look so alive...Christine

Carol said...

Love it! I just found you. I live among the saguaros also and it looks like I may be checking in on you now and then.