Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Table for Two Under the Tree

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Last year rather than a patio dining table I opted for a settee and a coffee table and it worked out great but I really missed eating meals outside so last weekend I moved the coffee table aside and put a small round outdoor dining table in it's place. Now my daughter and I can eat our meals outdoors again!



I got so excited about having an eating area outside that for our first meal I decided to make it nice and pretty! Uh huh....any excuse to play with dishes!
I brought out my nice linen and lace napkins and my little bird napkin rings that I picked up at an antique faire a few months ago.
I even hung my big birdcage from the tree! I also layered lace tablecloths on the table...
and picked some flowers from the garden for the centerpiece...
and brought out some fluffy pillows...
and some pretty dishes...
and enjoyed the warm California weather and some yummy grilled salmon with my daughter. And we've eaten out here every evening since! If you want to see more tablescapes please stop by to see Susan's ~Between Naps on the Porch blog!


I'm also joining in on Rhondi's Porch Party. Since I live in an apartment I don't have a porch so I hope it's okay that I used photos of my patio!

99 comments:

Jen said...

It's so pretty! I have to ask though.. what do you do when it rains? Do you have a roof over your patio?

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I live in California, it doesn't rain here at all in the summer! Although it's supposed to rain on Monday. I don't leave the pillows out there all the time.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful table for dining outdoors. Beautiful!!

Mary said...

Oh Cindy, this is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful setting!
Glenda

Tanza said...

Hi Cindy,
Just dropped by to see what you had new.. And, I just fell in love with your back patio,dining area.. It looks simply sweet, and I bet the food tastes even better on this pretty table..hahaha.. Don't you LoVe our beautiful California weather too !! Such a wonderful time of year.. Soo LoVe all the pics of your beautiful apt.. I have never seen one as pretty as yours.. Such a wonderful landlord you must have..Gorgeous..hugs to you ~tea~

just a little bit shabby said...

Cindy,
It looks so pretty and elegant! Love the lace and china. That pattern is one of my favorite blue and whites. Did you add your beautiful ruffled umbrella, too. As always, inspiring!
Sandy

Katy said...

So beautifully done! Love the table linens and the birdcage! I adore the color scheme of your flower arrangement, everything is delightfully feminine and gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! ~Katy

Pat said...

Cindy, That is the most beautiful little garden dining area....I love it! A cup of tea there in the afternoon....would be so nice too. I'm envious!!! pat

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Beautiful! Even a PB&J sandwich would taste elegant here!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

OHMYGOSH..... that is the most perfect.... the most serene setting..... it just drips with romance..... the bird cage.... the lace.... really it is just amazing what you can do..... gorgeous...
HUgs
Linda

Shelia said...

This is so pretty, Cindy! I love it and it's also romantic! Imagine that! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

OMG! Stunning.
I have to ask - where did you find those amazing dishes.??

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Cindy...this is soooo beautiful and romantic...totally could be in a Romantic Homes magazine! I love all the layers of lace and those wonderful, fluffy pillows! I'd be eating out here every day, too! Unfortunately, here in the south, we have a short period in the spring before the mosquitoes arrive...so the outside dining is limited after about May...unless it's a screened-in area. How wonderful to dine outside all summer! I know you are so glad to have a table back outside now. :-) Thanks for a beautiful TT! Susan

Melissa Marie said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I would eat out there breakfast, lunch and dinner... and maybe every snack in between! ;) Love the pillows and the lace tablecloth...and the birdcage is to die for!

ButterYum said...

I can imagine enjoying tea with you. Very nice!

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

This is beautiful Cindy! How large is your patio? Looks like you're an awesome space planner! ☺ Diane

Tammy518 said...

What a pretty setting you've got to dine outdoors in! The salmon sounds delicious!

...con cariño said...

hi cindy, I really think that all in your blog it·s a dream ,also white and blue in the tea set it·s my favorite,pretty ,pretty. cariños Pame.

bj said...

How beautiful and romantic, Cindy.
I love all the fluff...just delightful.
Out here in West Texas, we can't eat outside after May...too many bugs, dust, wind and sand...
Enjoy your area!!

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Cindy - What an absolutely beautiful tablescape. Any girl, little or grown up, would love to sit there. It is just perfect. You know, I think the dish thing begins when you are very young. Some of us, self included, still love to "play dishes".

Thanks for sharing,
Charla

debi @ life in my studio said...

What a beautiful setting. I love the birdcage in the garden...and all the frills you've added....stunning!

SewSweetStudio said...

You haven't missed a thing. It is perfect. You have a way of making things look so inviting.
No rain, but too much dust here to leave those things out. But it would be worth the set-up once in a while. I too love your dishes and everything else too.
Beverly

Linda/"Mom" said...

* What a beauuutiful, clean, crisp tablesetting, and those FLOWERS!!!... Are they from your YARD???? They're MAGNIFICENT!!!

Many thanks,
Linda in AZ *

Susie Q said...

Oh Cindy!! This is so exquisitely beautiful it brings tears to my eyes. the colors are so soft and restful, so, so pretty.
You inspired me to do more this Summer but I can't leave it out, only for evenings out on the porch.
I hope to get some pictures of it all up soon...thank you for your inspiration!!

Love,
Sue

Rose said...

Oh Cindy that looks like it needs to be in a magazine! How DO you do it? I have tried to get that look for a few years now and I just can't get mine to look like that!!! It's AWESOME and SO INVITING! Don't blame you, I'd have to eat out there to!
I just dearly LOVE those little bird napkin rings to! GOTTA find me some of those!!!! LOVE EM!

Alicia said...

Comfy cottage cozy...alL ineed more is a spot of tea. I'll make cherry almond scones.

French-Kissed said...

I just commented 2 posts ago, but I could not help myself. This patio setting is so stunning I just had to drop by and tell you so and let you know how much I enjoyed this post. Great photography,too!
~J~

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Oh Cindy its so pretty. OK, I'm gonna copy your beautiful idea.

Arleen ~ The Tea Room said...

Cindy, you just continue to amaze me. What an absolutely beautiful garden setting to dine alfresco! Thank you for sharing these beautiful and inviting photographs. ~Arleen

Huset på toppen said...

Beautiful table you have covered outside in the garden
So cozy with lots of pillows and flowers in the vase from the garden
So beautiful
Have a nice day in California!

Kim Kasch said...

So beautiful - like a fairytale. I'm enchanted . . .

Patty said...

Oh it's so romantic and almost ethereal.. like from a fairytale. It's truly just gorgeous. In fact it's quite like the magazines I keep forever with pictures of little secret garden spots like this that I dream about one day having myself. You are so lucky! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Federica said...

Oh My!!!
That table it's fantastic my dear!!
I'm in love with a table...how freaky is that?

Holly said...

Oh my! ☺ Thanks for the treat, Cindy! You're awesome and don't ever forget it! ♥

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Your patio is like something out of a magazine! Beautiful!
~Patti

A Hint of Home said...

So elegant, and peaceful. Your dishes are very pretty.

Candy said...

Absolutely enchanting. Crisp! A little piece of heaven beckoning you out into the garden.

Enjoyed,
Candy

Carousel222 said...

What a lovely setting. Wish I could join you on your patio for a cup of tea and good conversation. It's those small things in life that are so worth it. Enjoy enjoy.

marlis said...

Can I come to dinner too? man that is beautiful. To my deepest chagrin, my dear sweet husband, coaxed on by our darling granddaughters put up colored lights over the patio.. I so wanted white. But what can I say now? I'll have to see how it all works with good dishes! thanks for the inspiration

podso said...

What wonderful memories you are giving your daughters!

Lee Laurie said...

Cindy,
I'm in love! I would have to eat out there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I just started a new diet and it would be extra nice to be able to eat out there! It would even make the food taste better!
This needs to be in a magazine! Better yet...you need to publish your own decorating book! We would all buy it...I promise!

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Very Lovely... You are lucky you can do a setting and not have it destroyed. This would be lucky to last one afternoon in my area here in Ohio. The elements would not allow it. Like today is rainy and has been rainy and windy the last 2 days. The birds can't even keep nest in the trees{yesterday I picked 3 up totally destroyed and discarded them} let alone trying to keep a tablecloth on a table... I could do that for one special event and then have to put all away so enjoy the lovely setting and we will all look at your lovely pictures and dream ..... Your posts are always lovely .....

Jeannine said...

I am not generally a blue and white fan, probably the only one in the world who isn't, but these blue vines on your dishes are so pretty. I'm a fan of the purple and pink bouquet. Your whole presentation is gorgeous. Of course here in the valley it's already almost too hot to eat outdoors. (Stockton/Modesto) Enjoy the weather!

Jennifer said...

How beautiful and relaxing! I know that you love having such a fabulous space for dining.

Have a lovely weekend,
Jennifer

char72 said...

Oh my goodness. How do you come up with such gorgeosity? Is there such a word? There should be.
Hugs,
Charlotte

Cynthia said...

Everything looks so cozy! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Lou Cinda said...

Cindy: this is so beautiful!! I love the napkin rings and dishes, bird cage, the centerpiece is to die for!! I would sit out there ALL the time!!

Lucky you in California! It has been raining for two weeks here. But there is a "rumor" that we are supposed to have a beautiful weekend!!

Hope you do too!

Lou Cinda :)

enchanting cottage said...

This is so pretty! What great examples your setting for your daughter.
Ginger

Sandra said...

Your patio is so beautiful. How relaxing it must be to sit and enjoy and also eat dinner in such a wonderful space.

Sandy

Zoey said...

That is such a pretty table. I would love to sit there with a cold glass of white wine and just soak in the romanticness of it all!

Elenka said...

Good grief ! It's too beautiful to eat on!!

penny sue said...

Dear Miss Cindy,

As always, it is such a joy to stop by your blog to catch up. Life is hectic, but I always try to catch up with you once a week. This past week was simply stunning and breathtaking. Your photography is so inspiring... I only wish I had such beautiful scenery to photograph. You are so fortunate to live in such a gorgeous area... and 1/2 hour to here, and a 1/2 hour from there.

I love your little side line "because you're never too old to play house". I've never thought of it that way. Very sweet. I reminds me of my sister, Becky. She's very much into home decor and is constantly changing and rearranging. She's very good at it too. I've been trying to get her to join blogspot, if for nothing else, the amazing things she'll see.

My last thought to leave you with is this; If men (and women) can "create" such beauty here on earth, can you only imagine the beauty heaven holds in store! It blows me away. Thank you for sharing such beauty with me. It humbles and sooths my soul.

Hugs,
Penny Sue

YSLGuy said...

That is absolutely beautiful. That defintely makes dinner a more special event.

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hi Cindy! CHARMING...just charming are the first words that come to mind. Your pictures are gorgeous too! ~ xoxo Joy

Kimberly said...

beautiful home!

Romantisk Vintage said...

Beautiful...it's so pretty:)
Love your china og birdcage...thank you for sharing:)

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

It looks so pretty Cindy!! Ok now I want to be your neighbor and hope for an invite, LOL!
Hugs~Kelly

English Cottage in Georgia said...

Oh My Goodness, ABSOLUTELY, stunning! When I finally scrolled down and saw the entire setting, my eyes widen and breathing stopped. JUST GORGEOUS!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Everything looks so dreamy and romantic! Love your style and femininity! Head on over to my blog and if you aren't following yet, please take a look around and if you like what you see, click on the "Follow" button. This way we can inspire each other often!

seanymph said...

Im inspired......thats so pretty. Im not doing any of this right now because Im trying to sell my house but I intend to do something like this once I find a new home. It will have to be on a covered porch because it rains alot where Im going but I can see my bf and I eating at something like that outside for our dinners.

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Oh Cindy,
Your table out doors is a slice of heaven.. So cozy and pretty..Where did you get that ruffled umbrella, love that!
happy Dinning Cindy!
Jo
xo

Esther Sunday said...

Just lovely. Lovely.

Glenda said...

I have enjoyed the weather so much, I spend a lot of time outside in my yard. Our weather is so multi climate you never know how it well be from one city to the other.

Your yard looks great.


Ciao

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a wonderful place to enjoy a meal.
After the big party we had here last Saturday, my patio area is a mess. You've inspired me to get out there and get things arranged and welcoming again.
Enjoy your day!

Karin said...

It just keeps getting more amazing every time I visit your blog! It just proves you don't need a huge area to create such a breathtaking, peaceful, inviting space.
It has been chilly and raining here for the past three days:(

Karin

Judi said...

Hi Cindy
You are so lucky to have such a sweet little yard. It looks so pretty...I'd be like you and have dinner out there all the time too... You've set up the table and everything so lovely.
hope you are having a great day
Judi

Anonymous said...

All I can say is wow!!!

Anita

ksarra said...

Hi Cindy, ANOTHER inspiring idea, soooooo beautiful. You really do have a talent for setting a beautiful scene. Love your attention to each little detail.

deb mills said...

i love eating outside, even if it only a bowl of cereal in the morning. what a lovely, romantic spot you've created!

Pug1 said...

Woweeee, I'm going to do this too! CHEERS! Michele

Lisa said...

So beautiful! The perfect tea party setting.

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful Cindy! Please tell me you are going to put this on HGTV's Rate My Space
Roylene

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Roylene, I think I'll put it on RMS tomorrow.

rozetta said...

I can't believe how much life you've been able to bring into such a small space. It's so charming!

~elaine~

rozetta said...

I can't believe how much life you've been able to bring into such a small space. It's so charming!

~elaine~

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

It's so beautiful!!! I would eat out there every night as well.

abeachcottage said...

never fail to be nothing other than inspired when I come over here

love ya cindy

happy weekend

Sarah

Liz said...

Oh Cindy! Your photos are awesome. You do such a great job.

~Liz

Liz said...

Oh Cindy! Your photos are awesome. You do such a great job.

~Liz

Cindy said...

Hi Cindy,
We have 2 things in common for sure, our names and blue is my fave too! I just got some china at a garage sale and e-bay called myott finlandia and yours looks to be the same. I love it and you are such an inspiration. Cindy

Marilyn said...

Oh, Cindy.....

Absolutely beautiful! Your patio is so cozy and inviting. I think I'd be eating every meal outside.

I consider it not so much a patio, but a lovely garden room!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Puna said...

Your daughter must feel like a princess when her mother goes through all that trouble - in the name of love.

Shabby Chic Junk said...

Cindy,
Beautiful! I wish I had a cute small yard to make it cozy again. My yard is desert landscape with a pool in Az. I had a nice garden when I lived in San Jose. I added your button on my blog.
I love your decor!

training education said...

congratulations to your lovely home. :)

the wild raspberry said...

it's so girly and gorgeous!
love EVERYTHING about your outdoor living space!
have a wonderful day.
chasity

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Cindy, this is truly lovely! I adore your flower arrangements and the complete prettiness of this area. This is what dining outside should be about! We could only do this in the winter months and part of the spring in Florida because it rains every day, but oh, this is just SO pretty. I like the dishes you chose, too, and the lace accessories. Your napkin rings look so much like the cute Target birdies that are making the rounds.

I loved seeing this. You really do have a romantic home (and garden)!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Marina Capano said...

Hi Nice to meet you! just beautiful pics!

you have such a cute blog!

xoxo

bj said...

This is still one of my favorite romantic spots in Blogland..
So glad to see it again !

Kalianne@theBowerbird'sNest said...

*swoon* it's all just so beautiful! Such inspiration! Thank you for inviting me to your beautiful porch party.
~Kalianne

Rhondi said...

Hi Cindy
You have such a talent for making things beautiful. That is such a lovely arrangement you made with the table and all the linens and pillows. I'd be eating out there every night too! Thanks for joining the party.
Hugs, Rhondi

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Cindy,
Your beautiful setting is so inspiring and cozy with all your special touches. I love the lacey table, the hanging birdcage and your lovely garden flowers pull it all together.
So enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. I invite you to stop by my porch party if you have a moment.
Have a great week.
Celestina Marie

Melissa Lester said...

What a beautiful setting! I wonder if Lauren giggled with glee when she saw this pretty tablescape, like my Mary Ashley and Emma would? I'm glad you still enjoy special times with your daughter! It makes me look forward to the days ahead.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

It's gorgeous, Cindy!! How wonderful that your daughter is growing up with such beautiful memories of meals with her mom. You're an inspiration to us all -- and the teens!
xo, Andrea

Beverly said...

Cindy, I am enchanted. Of course, you must know I love everything you do.

You have a true eye for beauty, and a very generous heart for sharing with us.

Rue said...

Hi Cindy!

Your patio is one of my all time favorites! I love it when you take us outside to show off all that cuteness and boy oh boy did you put together a gorgeous setting yet again!

I have some catching up to do here, don't I? LOL It's been a busy spring and I am so far behind.... off to read more...

xoxo,
rue

Poppedijne said...

You have the most wonderful house.So pretty!! Love the little courtyard. But the star for me is that birdhouse table! I wish someone would make that for me!Come an visit my garden party since I have no porch either.You are most welcome.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Ohhhh...everything about this post is pure magic!!! You sure have a way with photography too. just lovely!

Vicki Pink Pearl Girl said...

Hi Cindy,
I have just found your blog & I have really enjoyed reading all of your posts. Lots of great information! Your home is gorgeous & I just love this setting of your table for two! What a beautiful way to dine outside!!!