Styling an outdoor Summer Table
Pablo Picasso said he begin with an idea, and then it became something else. Well, that pretty much explains what happened with this pseudo beach themed tablescape with a French Boho vibe.
When Mrs. Katherine from Katherines Corner invited me to join the One More Time Tablescape Challenge I had no idea just how much of a challenge it would be. Between misplacing some key elements, like the oyster shells I planned to use and a battle with bees attacking my bum, I can say with certainty that this was indeed a challenge.
First, before you get a good laugh over the bee's in the bum story, let's talk about the details of the table top fashion.
Tips for TABLE COVERINGS & adding COLOR
Styling a table is all about layering elements; blending soft fabrics, with neutral dishes, adding some texture and including a pop of color here and there until it's perfect.
• I started with a droopy oversized white tablecloth as the base.
• The second layer is nothing fancy or expensive. It's just large piece of organza fabric left over from another project.
• The third layer is a silky fabric covered in rich summery jewel tone colors.
Nothing I used here was made for a table. In a future post I will share more of my secret table setting tips that are affordable, even super cheap without looking chintzy kind of cheap.
Mix & Match Old With New
The modern curve of the plates remind me of gentle ocean waves but the stark whiteness was a bit to bright in contrast to the twilight of Alaskas skies at 11 p.m.
I set a few marine blue/green seashells in the center of each plate break to break up the glare.
In my humble opinion, I think antique flatware with tarnish in all the right places is very beachy. What do you think?
Lets talk Affordable Stemware
You've seen the stemware before. Do you remember the tablescape from a few months ago where I used a variety of these gorgeous Luigi Bormioli glasses? In case you missed it, check out the early spring tablescape here for more romantic table setting ideas that are still seasonably appropriate.
The glassware is simply gorgeous and has the most beautiful reflective, luminescent quality to it that makes it sparkle ever so subtly on the tabletop. They are like a piece of jewelry to every table with the simple clean lines yet so beautiful in their own right. I've included an affiliate link. This is one set of glasses that are truly for any occasion, grand or a simple little table set out on a deck.
A few blankets in an old basket are always a needed to ward off the chill of Alaskan air. The little side table is a simple little water station. Off to the side, I set a basket filled with fresh peaches into a favorite plant stand.
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Simple, Elegant, Affordable Dining Centerpiece
You're probably wondering what the mounding pile of dainty purple flowers and greenery are? Get in line for an answer. I'd like to know too! All I can tell you is that they grow wild in Anchorage and are climbers. In a way, they remind me of Wisteria.
A few books stacked give some height to the long stemmed votive candle holder. The vine like flowers are wound around everything hiding all the books from view.
That's all there is to the centerpiece. It's super easy to do and completely budget friendly too. But gathering the flowers themselves wasn't exactly what I envisioned as being a relaxing peaceful afternoon of fun. Nope! Not even close!
Bee's in the Bum
Go Ahead... Have a Good Laugh at My Expense
Within a few moments of arriving on the scene to clip a bucket full of these nameless vining wildflowers, I felt a sharp pain in my arse. In fact, I felt several shots of pains similar to a hot needle piercing my skin.
Then the itching started.
I began to sweat.
The burning and itching became simultaneous.
The sweating was getting worse and chills were intermittently sweeping across my whole body.
Sigh..... I knew what it was. Bees! I'm allergic to bees.
. . . the throbbing was getting worse by the second!
I tried to fight the urge, but I couldn't resist......
When my hand reached back to rub the tender area it met a weird sensation of wings flapping beneath my long flowing skirt. If you've never felt that feeling, take my word for it, it is an eery creepy feeling!
Trying not to panic but nonetheless totally panicking -in a real classy move- right on a high traffic street, up my skirt came as I smacked my rear-end and hopped around like a crazy person. The only thing I have going for me at this point is I probably looked no different than the guy a week ago who was dancing a sloppy drunken jig while standing on top of large boulders at a gas station.
In certain areas of Anchorage, sights like this are a frequent occurrence. So.... at least I have that going for me as I seemed to loss my pride and modesty along with the oyster shells and. there's the fact that people didn't really notice me bearing my backside and spanking myself. Nonetheless, it's still a little embarrassing when a friend who actually owns the gas station pulls up and asked what I was doing just then. Geez.
The bee's went straight for the tender spots, nestled into the nooks and crannies of my bum and got me good with FOUR stings! Yep! That's right! Nasty little suckers! The stings swelled up to about 5-6 inches across, rising high on my skin forming enormous red whelps and hurt for days despite prescription hydrocortisone and ridiculous amounts of Benadryl. I almost bought an inflatable donut cushion to sit on.
Evidently, pastel colors attract bee's. I didn't know that then but I do now. The next time I go on a wildflower picking adventure, if there is a next time, I won't be wearing pale shades of any color! I just might wrap myself in netting like bee keepers do but we'll see what the future holds.
It's never a dull moment around here. If I'm not accidentally catching something on fire or giving myself third degree scalding burns, dropping chef knives on my foot and getting stitches in between my toes, I'm getting stung by Bumble Bees. Pray for me. I need it. Ha ha.
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