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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dining Al Fresco


I really enjoy dining al fresco when the weather is nice,  don't you!  
  I wanted H and I to have a special dinner tonight in the outdoor great room,   so I have the table set with pretty china instead of my usual paper plates...lol!


I decided while I was setting the table that it was time give the mantle a fresh look.       I rotate the baskets on the porch every few days to give them different degrees of sun light so it was easy to change the mantle just by exchanging the petunia basket for a Boston fern basket.


The ceramic squirrels that were on the mantle moved to another place on the porch and I replaced them with these pretty trophy cups that I recently purchased at HL in the 80% off isle. 


The centerpiece for the dining table  is simple and easy........ aqua hob nail pitcher,  roses,   silver tray, sugar  and creamer and a pink an white crocheted piece.


I couldn't decide whether to use the sugar and creamer or these two pieces.     The framed fabric you have seen in my vignettes before,  but the white wire tea pot is a new yard sale purchase....$1.


The place setting are both  the same......


I used some of my favorite china for our special dinner.....


I wanted to share my cord cover secret with you.    See the pink umbrella in the background?    Well,   I covered a not so pretty umbrella with pink sheets to give it a shabby look.    But before I sewed my sheets together.   I cut the header off of each one and used them to cover my cord.     I don't sew them together as I feel it's unnecessary when they are gathered on the cord.

In the before photo on the left ,   you can see the ugly brown  and I might add.....expensive..... cover that I  bought a long time ago before I started using sheet headers.
 In the after photo on the right,   you can see how pretty and full my new "nearly free" cover looks.


While looking at this photo ,   I just realized that I haven't put the candles on the table yet ....better go do that!




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25 comments:

  1. What a beautiful setting for dining al fresco.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  2. Penny, I really love this area. It's so charming. I miss the days that Ted and I would grill out and eat supper on the deck. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  3. What a beautiful outdoor dining area! I'm sure you love spending time here. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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  4. I don't know how you think up all these wonderful ideals. (cutting the heading off of the sheets)This is a beautiful setting for out doors. There is something in store for you my dear Penny. I think you should do your own book " How to turn garage finds into beautiful rooms- inside or out.Thank you for sharing all your pretty rooms with us.You make my day .xo

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  5. I like dining al fresco but here it's raining a lot!!

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  6. What a lovely setting for dining outdoors! I'm afraid mosquitoes would come join the dinner if I did that here.

    You must live in a nice neighborhood to be able to leave all of those lovely bits and pieces outside all of the time.

    Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas. Very inspiring ~ FlowerLady

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  7. Breathtaking Beautiful!!! I am afraid, I can only look at your photos, my hubby doesn't like "shabby chic". smiles

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  8. Stunning as always, thank-you for sharing.

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  9. I love dining outdoors on my patio! Your area is lovely!

    Smiles from Chippy White Cottage,
    Rebecca

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  10. Very lovely, Penny! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

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  11. Lovely decor, we love it! Congratulations!

    Sandra y Dani
    SanDrycreaciones

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  12. How gorgeous! What a beautiful space! ;)
    Rebeca

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  13. You set a beautiful table. And such a pretty, romantic setting for a wonderful dinner with your husband.

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  14. Penny,
    What a beautiful tablescape and a lovely outdoor setting!! Love how you made the chain cover..... Everything is very pretty!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  15. Yes, dining alfresco is always special for me. Looks like you have the perfect setting. ;-)

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  16. The setting is lovely - wonderful spot to gather and share.

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  17. What fun to dine outside! It's almost always too windy to do that here. This spot where we live has got to be one of the windiest spots on the Island. I would love a screened in porch that would cut down considerably the wind that we get here on an almost daily basis. I love your center piece of roses and using the pretty china makes the meal so special. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  18. wow that's pretty fabulous Penny! Love the fax fireplace.Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on G+! Have a great week!
    Kim

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  19. You have created such a beautiful outdoor room! Anyone would enjoy dining out there! I can't wait to get to work on the yard in our 'new to us' home, alas I think the outdoors will be a next year project! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate your Story!

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  20. What a lovely spot to dine in!

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  21. Dining outside is so relaxing. Your area is very pretty! Enjoy! Thanks for sharing and linking.

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  22. What a lovely spot for dinning, Penny. It's so inviting! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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  23. Wow...how pretty! Love it! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  24. What a lovely place to dine!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned!

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  25. Penny, everything you do is so lavish and lovely! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. I hope you'll join me again for the new linkup. Mimi xxx

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