I had a July birthday this summer. Again. I threw myself a party. Again. Since my birthday is inevitable and I love throwing parties, I decided to create a set of linens that would work with my three outdoor tables and that I would love to use on my birthday and possibly other times throughout the year. The Outside Inside Tablescape idea was born.
This spring, we fixed up our back yard and patio with a new dark green umbrella, newly painted wrought iron accessories, and we painted the nasty white plastic fencing dark green as well.
Remember when I bought those thirty two green napkins from Tuesday Morning for St. Patrick’s Day and book club?
I ran all over town from one store to another gathering up the sets of eight, with four different but coordinating patterns in each set. I knew that I wanted to use those napkins for my birthday party, so I started looking for tablecloths to go with them. Finally, I decided to make my own and found beautiful lined linen curtains at World Market.
The pattern of the tablecloths went well with my existing outdoor plates, and I also grabbed a bunch of sets of green and blue plastic-handled flatware at Five Below.
After I used this new set of tablecloths to match my outside decor, I realized that the linens were more versatile than I had originally expected. I knew I could use it indoors as well in a late summer transitional table setting.
I started with the round linen cloth and reused the straw placemats. I followed with Pfaltzgraff Filigree stoneware plates and added the sea blue glass accent plates.
I tried the double napkin technique to bring more blue to the napkins, but I’m not convinced. I would use white napkins if I had a do-over.
I repeated the white and the filigree pattern from the plates in the center doily, and covered the umbrella pole hole at the same time. The stoneware vase and oil lamp from the Brush Creek Pottery at Sauder Village in Ohio continues the informal setting. Bill’s pottery bowl adds to the mix and the beautiful apples and peaches bring this table into its transitional roots.
We’ve really enjoyed using the dining room table this week, soaking in the comfortable beauty of this setting.
Thank you for visiting and be sure to leave a comment — I love to hear from you. What would you have done with those double napkins? I’m ready for some suggestions!
I’m linking up this week at Let’s Dish with Cuisine Kathleen, Open House Party with No Minimalist Here, Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to visit these creative bloggers for lovely photos and inspiration.
Got my bags, got my reservations,
Spent each dime I could afford.
Like a child in wild anticipation,
I long to hear that, “All aboard!”
Music and lyrics by Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer (1944)