Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dining Al Fresco

We had a little dinner party the other night...there were 8 of us and our table only sat 6 comfortably.
So off to Home Depot where Steve nabbed a sheet of plywood, took it home, cut the corners and sanded them..slapped it on top of our patio table, and voila! Cover it with a huge white bedspread and no one was the wiser! ;-)

I scored on a bunch of burlap sacs that I used for place mats. I plan to make pillows out of some of them later..

Beverly's Crafts had a sale on their faux succulents and I found a bag of mossy rocks at the Dollar Store. Made an arrangement in a silver casserole container. 
Plan to set it on the coffee table later in the family room. No worries about it not getting enough sun..

The 'Ernst Cafe' cups are souvenirs from our trip a couple of years ago to New Orleans.
Napkins and cute holders are thrift store finds.

With Zac and Amy coming soon and the weather being beautiful, we'll be using this table quite a bit!!
I am linking up with Faded Charm for White Wednesday and
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to check them out..there are so many talented blogs listed there with fabulous ideas!

"For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you're not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness."

~Andy Rooney


  1. Quick thinking - setting looks terrific.
    - Joy

  2. I've often thought of doing the same. It's a great way to extend a table. Love the burlap mats. I've a stack of coffee bags I need to transform into something. Just might follow your idea. ~ Sarah

  3. Your new table is fabulous! The settings are so pretty and your last bit in the post is so true. xoxo

  4. Love the look of your table and the way you used those sacks!

  5. looks wonderful.......love those lanterns!!

  6. I LOVE this table.....so inviting and interesting. Love the cactus in the silver dish too! Great job Myrn!

  7. found you over at WW and love your outdoor space. would love to have dinner out there any time...


  8. What a beautiful table, I am sure a great time was had by all... I knew those cups must have came from NOLA...that is a very "local" name...FUN!

  9. Cute!! I love the lanterns on the table too!! See you tomorrow!!

    Love you!

  10. Love your centerpiece.
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Clever and lovely setting!
    Happy WW!

  12. Your table looks great, how clever to make it bigger! Love the last paragraph, thanks for sharing it:@)

  13. Love your succulent flowers so much! Must have been a great dinner. Your comment at the end of your post is amazing and true to the letter!


  14. Very pretty. I'm always picking up white sheets at thrift stores-so many uses. So much easier to clean too!


  15. I agree we must all find happiness and joy in the everyday. I like to try to make that everyday special or pretty and that brings me much happiness. Lovely table too

  16. Very pretty setting! I love how you used the lanterns on the table for a centerpiece. I also like the burlap and silver mix too. I really really like you philosophy on life!

  17. You clever girl!!! I love the mix of silver and burlap.