Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bon Voyage to Summer Party

If you're energized and inspired by bright color it can be dull to pull your chair up to an all white table setting. Maybe you have an impulse to throw red napkins on a scene like this. But if white is your element, it's all about textures and reflected light, and a beautiful spaciousness. I am my own guest host today with one of my favorite tablescapes that originally appeared here on the first week of September last year called "Bittersweet." I still feel the same way about the end of Summer.

Mornings are cool, but the afternoons are still surprisingly hot in our Septembers.

But evening is the mellow twin to the chilly dawn.

Travel south and you may embrace the warmth for another season or two.

But there's no denying the change in the air for the high desert.

It's a bittersweet time for heat and summer lovers.

So it's time to celebrate like friends meeting on a whirlwind holiday that is coming to a close.

White seems right for evening, and the table is laid with a simple vintage linen cloth.

A luxurious natural linen crocheted tea cloth is laid ceremoniously on top.

A farewell party calls for something special, and this wide silk border is it!

Wishing for eternal days on the beach, the centerpiece is filled to the brim with seashells.

Vintage flatware brings a little more dignity and character to the everyday dishes and cotton napkins.

Sea stars welcome you with open arms as if to offer a last embrace.

Glasses are William Sonoma. Cavalini and Co. produce the Histoire Naturelle fish cards.

As so many of you are glad to be saying goodbye to the extreme temperatures you had this year, I can only say Adieu! and farewell to another wonderful summer. If I could, I would be one of you snowbirds that travel south for the winter. But it's going to be a fabulous fall!

Ciao! for now!

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~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hello Jacqueline~ ~ ~
What a lovely table you have set. You are so right about the light and textures they are perfect in your settings. Such a joy to visit here.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

time worn interiors said...

I would love to pull up a chair to that lovely table setting!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a lovely looks like it could be sitting along the ocean! I love summer and fall and wish I could be a snow bird...we have our share of bad winters here in the Midwest!! I'll think of your pretty table and sunshine when I get cold!


KATHY said...

Your whites look so lovely!! I love your bowl filled with shells.


Kerry Rossow said...

I'm with you- Summer is never long enough!
I cannot bring myself to decorate for fall, yet. One more week with my seashells!
Thanks for stopping by my place!
Kerry at

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I love the tea cloth and the lovely white plates. Wish I was there. The heat is here now. 100 today.

loulou said...

Hello Jacqueline

that is the prettiest table.

I love shells at any time and mixed with a lace doilie is so pretty

have a lovely day


Honey at 2805 said...

Your table is gorgeous, Jacqueline. I love the way the linens are layered, the beautiful crispness of the white dishes and the shells! The outdoor setting makes it even more inviting.

Hoping you will link to Potpourri Friday again this week!

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Oh My Simply gorgeous
Love all the white and the beautiful treasures too

once in a blue moon said...

I am not willing to say goodbye to summer, this is ca, I have a few months to go still, but I will say I still love your table for the extended season! I always love natural... And shells... It's a given I adore your table~

Dreamgoddess said...

Your table is so elegant and serene. Simply beautiful!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautiful setting. I love the various textures and tones. A fabulous farewell.

Debbie @ said...

Yes I agree, your table is so elegant and beautiful. I love white...and feel you can't go wrong with this kind of table setting. Love that it is outdoors. That makes it even more wonderful. Love your blog, it is always wonderful coming by for a visit and seeing what you are working on!

French Kissed said...

Such a beautiful send off to Summer!

Maarit said...

What a nice thought to have a farewell dinner for the summer, perhaps we could do the same.. At least afternoon tea if it's already too chilly to sit under the apple tree.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

What a wonderfully elegant yet soft and casual feeling table. Just loved it. Great texturing
and just love the beauty and the serenity of the look! Great job!
Here's to Fall............
and to next summer..........

Blessings, Nellie

Rettabug said...

"Bittersweet" is the perfect way to describe the end of a long, hot summer, Jacqueline!

Your monochromatic color palette is so soothing & living room & dining room are adjoining & all done in soft cream colors, so this really speaks to me.

Beautifully done!

Alycia Nichols said...

I love the neutrals!!! Beautiful! The crocheted silk border on that linen cloth is so delicate and intricate...gorgeous!

Heather Jacob said...

wow what a fabulous place to visit ... the ambiance is just awesome .. so relaxing, peaceful, and tasteful ... beautiful .. hugz x

A Perfect Setting said...

This is soooo beautiful. I like color, but I think the white and off-white tones are elegant, refined, and serene. You nailed this with the textures, lovely cloth, and beautiful crocheted piece in the center. Just simply gorgeous!!

Marigene said...


Lana K. W. Austin said...

You never cease to amaze me! This is a beautiful celebratory dinner in honor of the end of summer! I love that you used some gorgeous vintage linen pieces, too!!!

Every detail is perfection!!!


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh MY! How pretty this is. I love the softness. It's been the week for saying goodbye to summer....where did it go? I agree, wish I could "chase" it as it leaves.....oh well.

Entertaining Women said...

Gorgeous! The crochet table topper is magnificent! Thank you for sharing your beautiful desert evening design. Cherry Kay

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