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 that 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 would 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. By thinking outside the box and incorporating unexpected items from around my home, I created a pretty and coordinated impromptu outdoor dining table. Now I just have to figure out what to fix for dinner!
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12 thoughts on “An Impromptu Outdoor Dining Table For Two”
Gorgeous tablesetting and such a stunning bouquet.
Thanks so much for your kind comment, Mary.
Beautiful! So jealous that you are able to grow such lovely roses in your garden– I’ve never managed to grow anything fit for display haha
Thanks so much. I am just beginning to nurse my roses back after they had been munched on by marauding deer.
Beautiful as always. Particularly like the floral arrangement. Nice touch with the oranges.
Thanks, Cathy for your kind comment. I looked for orange flowers but couldn’t find anything that was quite right. I saw the small Mandarin oranges and I thought they were the perfect color. Sometimes things just fall into place.
Beautiful table and gorgeous arrangement! I am a florist so know of what I speak:):) Using the wrapping paper is GENIUS! I may borrow that idea! I, too am so glad out heat wave has broken for a few days!
Thanks so much, Pinky. I am glad you liked my little table.
What a gorgeous setting! I love the mix of pattern and color, it is so happy! Your arrangement was the perfect finishing touch. This is such a pretty table for two!
Thanks, Pam for your kind comment about my outdoor table for two.
Oh How Beautiful!
I love the idea of the wrapping paper! I am going to look at wrapping paper with a much better eye… now that you gave me inspiration.
I sure hope your evening was a delight. and the heat stayed away!
Thanks very much for your kind comment.