Summer Seas table setting

blue seas

Summer by the sea is the best place to be!  I love summer days and nights.  Living nearby sea water always reminds me, how I am lucky to live where I do.  Summer table settings should not seem fussy or elegant this time of year.  So gather up your seashell collections and grab some rattan placemats to set the dinner mood at ease. You too, can evoke the sense of the seas at your dinner table.

blue seas
Summer Seas Table setting
summer seas table
Capture the Seas mood

If your dinner mood is relaxing by the Sea. Play some soft music of ocean waves and listen to the seas while dining…pretend the the Caribbean sea is just beyond your table.   Those breezy outdoor summer nights are only a short season so be sure to make the most of dining outside!

Serve up some fresh fish tilapia, salmon or how about a deep sea bass?  Keep the menu simple and light.

The blue melamine plates and soft ruffled linen napkins from pottery barn help create this light summer setting.  Bamboo flatware turns up the island feel.  Get to the sea! even if it is only at your dinner table.

 

 

The sea is His, for it was He who made it, and His hands formed the dry land.   Psalm 107:29

 

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Soup’s on!

Soups On!

Ever thought of just having soup for dinner?  Its not just for a  luncheon meal.  You can create a hearty soup or stew and serve it for dinner too. Try a hearty winter soup like a hearty Italian Beef soup.  And I’ve got just the setting for the dinner. It’s a casual affair and this time no intricately folded napkins.  Red plaid napkins and big  red bowls for filling.

Soup's On!
Soup’s On!
Winter Moods
Winter Moods

 

I remember as kid,  soup was often kept warm inside the thermos.  Instead of hot drink it was a nice hot soup.

Thermos
Thermos

I used some antique plaid thermos’s for the centerpiece, along with some wooden skates. A big pot of soup stew pot sits at table side for easy serving on a cold Boston night.

stew pot
stew pot for easy cooking and serving on a cold night.

 

I warmed the setting up with a couple of lit candles. Not just any candle but these candles are unique with the wooden wick so they provide a crackling sound like the sound of a real fire. Don’t forget to serve it while the soup is still hot.  IMG_2842

Chow!

 

This time last year I was enjoying Lake Placid NY, so hop on over to the travel blog page to read about our trip to  Lake Placid NY.  <click

Warmed by the outdoor fire on Lake Placid
Warmed by the outdoor fire on Lake Placid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer’s Final Alfresco

I’m at it again! Another dinner party!   Summer is about to end and I can’t let it get away without another outdoor alfresco  get-together. Our summers end quickly in the Northeast so we try to take advantage of the outdoors for the few short months. It’s warm enough to appreciate dining outside on the deck.  This time I decided on my outdoor theme color as orange, since I think orange is a vibrant lively color and makes conversations lively. For my dinner party of six I had enough stock of various ‘orange’ wares to adorn the table using this color.   I rummage through all my table linens and dishes to find many items to fit my theme. This is what worked together.

Orange is a happy color!
Orange is a happy color!

While the sun was still shining, as I set the table the glint from the reflection made me smile.

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Since this was outdoors on a large deck at early evening I found simple flower napkins rings in my stock that matched the plates…might as well use them since summer is all about the flowers. Most of the things I purchased @pieroneimports. These things were purchased over the last few years time so if your looking to replicate it may be hard to find. The distressed Melamine plates lent a casual tone along with the woven strewn table runner similar to dishcloth stripes helped lend a softer look to the setting tonight.

 

Lounging space for the Cocktail Hour
Lounging space for the Cocktail Hour

I set the bluetooth to a jazz channel for the cocktail hour.   I made things easy on myself for this part of the dinner so for an easy appetizer I simply heated/cooked frozen white spinach pizza and then cut it into thin strips. Wahla! As easy app!

 

Since I had to cook and entertain I had no choice but to leave my guests while I went to the kitchen to whip up some lemon garlic scampi. I made two batches with a choice of chicken or shrimp. The rolls were fresh too and luckily my guests were not left alone for long, as the dinner prep was quick.

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CHICKEN SCAMPI
SHRIMP AND CHICKEN SCAMPI

Dinner with 6 makes for enough conversation if the host is busy cooking, the conversations can  still flow in your absence.

 

I will post more dinners or parties in the coming months, even though we may move inside for the next ones I always find an excuse to host another event for a pleasant evening.

 

Last dinner outdoors this summer
Last dinner outdoors this summer!

Stayed tuned for more party tips!