The weather here has been utterly oppressive with back to back days in the mid-nineties for the last several weeks. However, a front came through last night and gifted us with a beautiful sunny day with low humidity and a relatively mild high of 85°. In celebration of this unexpected but much-appreciated weather, I decided to create an impromptu outdoor dining table for my husband and me on the screened porch. We have an umbrella table which seats eight on our deck, but I thought it would be more intimate to set a small table for just the two of us. Also, dining on the screened porch means we wouldn’t have to cover ourselves in bug spray from head to toe just to eat dinner.
Last Christmas, on impulse, I bought these colorful plates I’d found at Hobby Lobby. They had a fun pattern that caught my eye, but because of the somewhat unusual color combination and the fact they only had two of them, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. However, since I just needed a pair of plates for my impromptu outdoor dining table, I thought I’d try to build a tablescape around these funky finds. With these plates as a starting point, I knew I was going to have to get creative with finding other elements I could use to coordinate with them.
I thought that the color navy would make an excellent foundation for the table. Because I didn’t have a navy tablecloth, a twin-sized navy sheet worked well as a floor-length tablecloth.
I hesitated to purchase these colorful salad plates because I didn’t think I had anything to go with them but, by thinking outside the box and incorporating unexpected items from around my home, I was able to create a pretty and coordinated impromptu outdoor dining table. Now I just have to figure out what to fix for dinner!
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