Monday, July 9, 2012

A Hot Summer Alfresco Tablescape

 Last weekend, I created a summer alfresco tablescape for our guests, using warm ochre colors, representative of the hot summer weather we have been having in Asti.
The focal point of the table, a French confit pot filled with sunflowers!

Sunflower themed napkins and majolica plates continue the theme.

A rustic burlap runner and willow placemats are right at home on the cement table under the mulberry tree.

Since our guests hadn't arrived yet, and dinner was planned for late evening when the temperature cooled down, I added the mesh domes to the place settings to keep the insects away.


The rosemary topiaries gave off a strong scent in the 100 degree heat...

...and later complimented the menu of tri-tip steak,
heirloom tomatoes, corn on the cob and wild rice.

It was a glorious night, with the stars and a magnificent moon too.
I absolutely love late night summer alfresco dinners, don't you? 

I'm joining Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday.



I'm also joining The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday.  
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27 comments:

PURA VIDA said...

Your table ALMOST competes with your view...and that's saying a LOT!

Our French Inspired Home said...

Really like the spread. Those bug domes are great! I got them a few years ago and love them. I use them mostly for the food platters and bowls we use outside. Did you grow the rosemary topiaries? I have tried myself in the past but never get them to turn out just how I like. Yours are beautiful.

sandrajonas.com said...

Fabulous setting and the table is to die for!!!

Kathysue said...

A perfect table in a perfect setting and I know the hostess was just as perfect, xo Kathysue

Lori E said...

I would stay so long you would be trying to get rid of me. A great spot for an evening with friends.
Fragrant rosemary. Mmmm

Victoria said...

I love the table settings and the top-notch view. I hope it was cooler than 100 degrees by the time you served your evening meal.
Best...Victoria

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

What a beautiful setting. Yes, I love dining al fresco on summer evenings. It reminds me of my trip to Italy.

I finally found a confit pot a few weekends ago, I am thrilled!

My Cozy Casita said...

What a beautiful tablescape your home is so nice and the view is perfect.
bery nice place!
Blessing
XO
Isora

Etta said...

I love the way you set the tables... this is perfect for a summer tablescape! You're the best!
Kisses
Etta

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Gorgeous setting, gorgeous table. Bet the food was equally as....gorgeous!

Love those sunflowers, we used to grow a variety called Tedy Bear that was very similar.

Paul.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful as always Delores!!

Sarah said...

Sounds like a perfect evening, Delores. The table setting certainly is perfect. Love the idea of the individual plate covers, and the majolica plates are a wonderful companion to the confit pot filled with sunflowers. Love the textures of this setting! ~ Sarah

Olive Cooper said...

Your chairs, the chargers, and the sunflowers transport me to another splendid place.

Entertaining Women said...

Glorious tablescape in a magnificent setting. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Designs By Pinky said...

I wish I had been there but then you never would have gooten rid of me;):) GORGEOUS table and setting. I know I always say it but the views are spectacular. XO, Pinky

The enchanted home said...

So pretty....love the Tuscan vibe, gorgeous colors and love those placemats with the handles, so unique!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Lovely! I can smell the rosemary. Hope you had a wonderful evening. Jennifer

Michele Smith said...

Gorgous! with a perfectly gorgeous view as well. You put together the most flawless table settings. I love your confit pot and your menu sounds delicious.

Do you have any tips for rosemary? I have gone through a few topiaries in my kitchen that didn't last very long. However, I have two in there now that are thriving and doing well for a few months now.

Have a wonderful evening.

Segreto Secrets said...

Love your tablescapes always!!! The view is simply amazing!! Miss you! Want you to plan another girls trip to Houston!! Who wouldn't love the 110 degree weather!!!

kim @ whitebarnbasics said...

Very beautiful! Your table settings are always so lovely and the view is crazy gorgeous! I love sunflowers as well and I'm posting one whole picture of them tomorrow :-)

Marlis said...

I so love the finish on the concrete table top!!! The texture delights me. I also just love those plates, especially when covered with the perfectly sized domes. I can just imagine the heady scent of the rosemary. Just lovely. I am sure your guest had a most delightful time! xo marlis

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Ah, so bright and beautiful!
Greetings from Australia♥
~Pernilla

Judy Bigg said...

So beautiful! The table and the view are perfect.

Debra said...

Beautiful...love the sunflower theme!

Style Sisters said...

Sunflowers are sooo fun! This is beautiful!! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday!!
Karin

Mary said...

Absolutely beautiful and sunflowers always perk me up! Thank you!

The Tablescaper said...

So pretty. Love those plates!

- The Tablescaper

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