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Hello there! Hope this finds you well and that you are having a great week. Been very productive over here, and I am very much looking forward to the weekend and some much  needed downtime Have a really good friend coming to stay with us for the weekend so that should be fun. In my warehouse/office, we are  slowly fazing out of summer mode and starting to slowly inch our way to fall/holiday. Truly it feels like summer just started and I am just getting into the groove. Though I say that every summer, it is just too short a season. That said, fall as I always declare is by far, my most favorite season so I am just about ready for it.

I had friends over last Sunday so thought it would be fun to share highlights form that evening. It was a beautiful but hot day and ended up being an even nicer evening with a soft breeze which made dining al fresco a must do. Of course blue and white to the rescue, works every time! With the plethora of hydrangeas, they made the perfect centerpiece. And all of my favorites tabletop items were brought out to set a pretty summery table.

This  post is much  more than just the table, this is hosting a small dinner from A to Z. I am not sure about you, but I love the “behind the scenes” of things even more than the actual event. So here it goes….


I call this the pretty mess……love when my kitchen island is filed with flowers, good foods and all kinds of prep, means something good is happening!

No, wasn’t drinking on the job, was making my rosè sangria! Recipe to be shared on Sunday

Below a few scenes of prep-

The fruit macerating to prepare my yummy Rosè sangria

I always wait to put flowers out an hour or so before especially  in the summer heart, I put everything on a tray and then take them out

LOVE our white pierced footed dish, it is perfect for berries!

I always lay out everything I will use on platters ahead of time for easy assembly

Almost done! Meanwhile setting things up outdoors….

You know my feelings on a blue and white table:)

Just love this soft palette, it screams summer!

And it was nice to spruce things up outdoors too

Right before my guests came, brought these outside

This is making me hungry:)

And I mean , who couldn’t live on a cheese board!

Sangria ready to serve and it did not disappoint!

Moving along to dinner……

Made my baby arugula salad with tomato, fresh parmigiano and artichokes

This heavenly Greek shrimp dish (will share recipe soon)

Greek orzo, always a crowd pleaser!

And these delectable filet mignons with herbed butter

One final shot during desert,  love the glow of candlelight:)



Beautiful blues table linens click here

Pierced white dinner plates click here

Blue/white chargers are from Juliska

Porcelain ginger jar salt and peppers click here

Wicker votives click here

Double happiness vase (center of table) click here

Etched swag and garland hurricanes click here

Blue and white mini vases click here

Wicker salad server click here

Wicker flatware click here

White footed pedestal bowl (shown with the berries) click here

White lily of the valley glass/bud vase shown in center of table click here

Raffia glasses are a new item and currently yon our sale  click here

Bamboo flatware new item currently on our sale click here

Ginger jar coasters new item currently on our sale click here

All glassware bought from Anthropologie from years ago

Unannounced special

Spend $125 or more on any items (that are ours) above and receive a fee pair of our charming wicker salt and peppers! No code necessary (this offer expires on Saturday)


Well that was a fun way to relive this enjoyable evening. And it will be so nice, one day, to look back on these posts and get to see all the tables I set! I am going to vow to take full advantage of August and have as many outdoor dinners as possible. How about you? Do you enjoy dining outdoors? Summer is flying so there’s no time like the present:) Thank you for stopping in, wishing everyone a fabulous day, until next time……

Don’t forget tomorrow is last day of our incredible under $100 sale. Many items,  we sold out of but were able to replenish and have limited stock of.

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Beth Christoff on

What a very nice post. Informative, beautiful and practical. Perfect! Thank you!

Leslie C on

I cannot believe how beautiful everything is, you make it look so easy. I think you need to teach a master class!!

Your menu looks divine I hope that you will share the recipe, you have given me so many beautiful ideas here and your table is 👌👌 So pretty.

Helen on

Please put a recipe tag on Your blog. You share the best recipes. As always your tables are beautiful.

Lolly on

Please tell me about the placemats on which the serving dishes are placed. Looks like just what I’m looking for. Thanks.

Eileen on


Glenda on

Recipes please!!! Thanks

Carole Mason on

Gorgeous table!!! Delicious menu….please share recipes!

Doris S Hill on

Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, you are my mentor, you can never know how much pleasure and joy you have brought in my home Love your products good quality, always excited to read your blogs, thank you for all your hard work you do for your clients

Amy on

What an inspiring post for all of us want to be hostesses😊😊 i’ve only been married for four years so all of this is still new to me my husband comes to my huge family so I’m trying to learn fast… I’m studying the details of every single picture and taking notes! The food looks delicious and the table setting is so beautiful.

Donna W on

Yes a very lovely dinner! And please any recipes you care to share will be much appreciated!

Karen Wheat on

You must write an entertainment book with recipes…that arugula salad—so simple and looks yummy— why did I not think of it? Because YOU are the talented one

Marilyn Cole on

You are so inspiring!

Tamara on

Everything looks amazing! Eye candy for sure! Looking forward to the recipes for Sangria, shrimp and salad dishes. As always, such a treat to see how you’ve presented everything!

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