Monday, May 12, 2014

Set Your Table With Flair--A Summer Soirée Under the Stars







Hello friends!!  Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

Even though it isn't quite summer, the warmer days for me mean it's time to entertain outdoors!  No color captures and reflects beautiful sunlight quite like white; however, white can be just as stunning at night!  In honor of Cuisine Kathleen's Tablescape Challenge on May 14, this tablescape will feature dishes passed on to my husband and I via my mother-in-law.  These dishes hold special sentiment, as my mother-in-law died untimely of cancer.  She was greatly missed this past Mother's Day.  I hope you enjoy the post.  

I began outside at dusk with a bright white tablecloth, setting the table under a canopy of trees.


Next, I created a simple arrangement using gladiolus and snapdragons.  I love the long, elegant stems!  


To give the arrangement a bit of sparkle, I added some silvery beads to the water in the vase.  


Here is the arrangement, which I placed as a centerpiece. 


Next, I placed a row of small floral votives on either side of the centerpiece. 


To view the tutorial to make these, you may visit the post on my blog The Crafting Table by clicking here


The plates were placed next,

followed by water glasses, flutes, and goblets at each setting.


To enhance the romance of an evening outdoor party (or soirée), I love the idea of candles in the trees.  If you are fearsome of catching your trees afire, a great alternative is to use flameless tea lights.  I placed a few in small jars with lids, 


and a few in lanterns. 


Place strategically into the trees.  Unfortunately, there were a few dishes missing from the set, so rather than use salad plates, I placed a white napkin as a buffer before placing the saucers.  After lighting the candles, my table was all set for guests to arrive.  You may also choose to serve appetizers right at dusk, and have the guests seated for the main course just as it gets dark.  


A few more shots:


So romantic!





Closeup of the setting:




Centerpiece at night:





From my collection:
Dishes, Noritake China 7565 Sorrento 
Water glasses, goblets, and blue lanterns, Ikea 
Flutes, generic
Napkins, generic, from HomeGoods
Small jars, TaiPan Trading
Flameless tealights, Ross




Also, a sidebar; if you are interested in the bench featured here in this post, it is handmade, and you may visit the tutorial to build my DIY highback bench by looking in the archives or clicking here.  Thank you!




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49 comments:

  1. OMGOODNESS PRETTY GIRL, THIS TABLE IS AWESOME! I love the White dishes and specially the fabulous bench, it makes this setting the more gorgeous! Beautiful outdoors as well!
    Have a super week.
    FABBY

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  2. This table is stunning! Love the candlelight in the trees!

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  3. What an elegant affair.... That table is set for a spectacular dinner party. Love the white on white. It is fresh and chic.

    Janet

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  4. What a wonderful setting! Your white dishes just sparkle in the candlelight. So romantic--I would love to sit here. Linda

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    1. Anytime, Linda. :)
      Thank you for your visit!

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  5. Very pretty table and love your china! And the lights in trees!

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  6. What an absolute treat to enjoy dinner at this lovely table. We must enjoy the outdoors while we can for sure.

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    1. Thank you, Lulu....yes! So glad the weather is warm finally!!

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  7. I guess if the mountain won't come to Mohammad, Mohammad must go to the mountain! Bring that furniture on outside, girl!!! I love it!!! I am a super fan of bringing soft seating outdoors. It looks terrific and really spiffs up a look with tremendous results...as witnessed here! Love the lights in the trees, too. It's a great way to add on a few more "stars" in the night sky.

    It's beautiful that you used china that is so near and dear to you. Losing a loved one is so tough. Having something tangible by which to remember them - in addition to all the memories of their time on this earth - is a blessing.

    Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. You are a doll, Alycia! Your comments always make me smile! Thank you so much for coming to visit! :)

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    2. Wow wow wow! That is just gorgeous!
      Jenna

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  8. I so agree with Alycia, The evening setting under the stars with the unexpected is so dramatic. The lights do add the extra sparkle so prettily. The china is lovely and it's special meaning to you makes it even more lovely. I think I would feel like a queen sitting on this lovely bench, beautiful job!

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  9. Wonderful, elegant table...love the way it looks with all of the lights. The china is lovely and timeless...I know you will enjoy using it for years to come.

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  10. Love the way you have used the china in this wonderful outdoor setting. It looks lovely, and all of the lights are great.

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  11. OH WOW! this is so amazing.. I have never seen anything like this which makes it even more special.. So happy I found you.. Will stop by your other posts and visit your socials
    Thanks Maria

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  12. What a stunning setting for a special meal! Thank you for sharing your tips from "behind the scenes"! I know you treasure the china from your mother-in-law. So many memories of family meals to cherish!

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    1. Hopefully one day with my future grandchildren! Thank you so much for visiting!

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love the evening images!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Windows of Buck House

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  14. This is gorgeous and that bench is fabulous!

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  15. So gorgeous...I love this! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  16. What a grand garden tablescape! Your setting is so lovely with the white outdoor seating. Your MIL's china sets the mood of elegance. All the lighting creates romance at night time! Have a wonderful week!

    Pam

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    1. Thank you so much, Pam!! So glad you enjoyed the post!

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  17. Ah, such elegance! I love the way you layered the post with your set up of the tablescape and would have loved to have seen the seating on the other side of the table, too.
    I found you at Ivy and Elephants and will be following you, now...I hope that you will follow me back1
    JP

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    1. Seating on the other side of the table obstructs the view....especially when I am snapping pics with an iPad and not a wide zoom. Good suggestion, though. :)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. Truly a romantic setting. You outdid yourself on this one. I like the way your layered the linens, the simplicity of the centerpiece, and the votives down the center of your table. I'd love to dine at this table.

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  19. a beautiful setting. Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop ♥

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  20. Beautiful.Love the table under the tree by night.Thank you for the share..Love sujatha..:):)

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  21. Your table setting is just gorgeous! I love eating outside with candles, it's so romantic!!
    Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays. New Follower!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  22. Congrats! You'll be featured at Simple & Sweet Fridays this week. Thanks so much for sharing your Romantic setting. Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  23. Your table setting is so beautiful and elegant! Lovely remembrance of your mother in law. Dining in the garden is always the best!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  24. Your table is so gorgeous, and when the lights go down it glows! Wow, wow, wow! You are an inspiration.

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