Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Three Summer Patio Tables

Milder summer evenings make for perfect patio dining. It seems like we took better advantage of this last year at this time when we had more small gatherings. But I always love simple and intimate settings like this patio buffet from last summer. 

Large vintage platters are perfect as individual serving plates, and are able to accommodate a dish like grilled chicken and all the side offerings with ease. 

Each of these script napkins (Potterybarn) feature a different motif.

An garden stand makes a good serving station.

This is a quick and easy set up too!

Table number two is more formal and romantic

Salad plates are from Anthropologie and dinner plates are vintage Wedgewood. Vintage napkins and flatware complete the setting.

Vintage transferware bone dishes enhance the theme.

A vintage tureen makes a statement at the center. 

Vintage pressed glass tumblers with silver rims hold tea lights. After dinner coffee or tea service is already set up with china with the same pale pink hues. 

The stylized dolfins on the sugar and creamer  remind me of the details on old maps.

An undyed linen table cloth with lacy details adds to the romance. 

Finally, a table featuring a Parian porcelain pitcher with a hunt scene. A few vintage serving pieces also grace the table.

Starring in this presentation are Johnson Bros Bird of Paradise pattern dinner plates.

An elaborate vintage cutwork tablecloth with lovely details of its own makes the occasion feel special.

The basket motif in the corners of the linen cloth echo that of the china plates.

I hope you get plenty of patio dining as the summer winds down!
Ciao! for now!


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Bella said...

Hello J,
I loved the look back! It's a great reminder to enjoy summer while you can, use it or lose it:-)) I know I haven't enjoyed it near enough:-)
Love the bird of paradise on the front and the back of those Johnson Bros plates, ain't a beautiful back mark like a secret treasure :-)
Hope your summer is treating you well:-)

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, thanks for a look back at these lovely alfresco settings. I wish evenings here were cool enough to dine on the terrace. Hopefully this fall again. LOL
Those salads from Anthropologie are sweet. I didn't see them in our local store. But the winner for me is the hunt scene pitcher. That is one fabulous piece!
Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Gorgeous WHITES! Love those Johnson Bros plates. The vintage tablecloth is so elegant! Thanks for sharing this dreamy and summery setting.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Marlis said...

Jacqueline.. I am totally swooning over your tables. That last one has a gorgeous tablecloth as a backdrop.. Loved the pitcher too. what a stunning piece.
You certainly have a wonderful eye for detail and composition. Hopefully when it gets a wee bit cooler, we will make another trip to NM.. and then I'll be looking you up. I told my friend Jeanie who just moved to ABQ about you and her last trip back here she made me giddy with excitement about all the fineries in your store! xo marlis

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

All of the table settings are so gorgeous. I love how you mix your vintage pieces with new items. It's too hot here to dine outside, but it will be cool again soon. I'm ready.

under spanish moss said...

We are in love with your table settings. Oh we only wish we could be a guest to enjoy the well thought out vintage atmosphere.

Thank you for the gorgeous post!

Renee and Angela

The Tablescaper said...

Wow! Each table is so beautiful and unique in it's own way. I LOVE table two and need to check and see if Anthro still has those salad plates. They are amazing. Table three has such tender touches. Just beautiful.

- The Tablescaper

bj said...

I couldn't choose a favorite table..they are all just stunning.
xo bj

Ivy and Elephants said...

So impressed by your beautiful table scapes. Those Johnson Bros. plates are fabulous! Keep inspiring us with all you do.

Pamela Gordon said...

You create such lovely and romantic tablescapes! Each one is so pretty with the different dishes and linens. Very beautiful Jacqueline! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures.

Regards from Sweden

PAT said...

Gorgeous, Gorgeous and Gorgeous!!

Pattie said...

Gorgeous table cloth... the setting is just perfect... what time is lunch?


Beeutiful by Design said...

Love, Love, Love all three! Esp the anthropolgie plates. Divine :)

ANNE said...

Jacqueline, its hard to choose which i like best... everything is pretty. I was just ironing a bunch of vintage linens yesterday (inherited from my Mom) and daydreaming about how to use them, this post is giving me some ideas!

Bloggymom said...


Karin Şen Cankan said...

Enjoyed the table setting so much looked over and over.

Beautifully set.

Thank you for sharing.

Karin Şen Cankan

once in a blue moon said...

so many pretty pics~

JudyBug said...

Stunning table. My eyes immediately go to a soup tureen. I am so addicted to soup tureens...and adore your's! Love it all!

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Jacqueline! I LOVE the idea of using the platters for meals that require a bit more space on the plate. What a great idea! I am over the moon with that pitcher, too. Such pretty tables!!!!!!

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh my...I can't pick a favorite...yes I can, they all are!

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