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I am a summertime girl and I’m not wanting to admit that August is nearly halfway over. Summer is my favorite season with its warm weather, long days, and beautiful flowers to enjoy. In celebration of summer, I created an Late Summer Tablescape for my husband and I to enjoy on our patio.
For the first time, I am joining Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate for her monthly tablescape blog hop. Each day this week a group of bloggers are sharing a late summer tablescape. You’ll find links to today’s participating bloggers and also links for the bloggers participating the rest of this week at the end of this post.
I’m looking forward to tablescape inspiration each day this week as I enjoy the ideas shared each day over my morning coffee.
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Late Summer Tablescape
At our house we are lucky to have two patios and a deck, all spaces that are wonderful for enjoying the outdoors. I set this tablescape on a patio that is between our deck and our Greenstone patio.
Greenstone used to be mined in Lynchburg and it was used for patios and walkways for years in our town. Greenstone is no longer mined in Lynchburg but it is still commonly seen around town in the yards of older homes.
For this tablescape, I used my grandmother’s card table. My grandmother hosted bridge parties in her home and I’m sure that countless games of bridge were played at this table.
Granny also was a talented floral designer making both fresh flower arrangements and dried flower arrangements. She also pressed flowers and made beautiful framed pieces. My teachers growing up always received a gift handmade by my grandmother. This table also was used for her floral work. It traveled with Granny to the nursing home where she continued to make and create until she died.
The chairs originally were in a barber shop and my grandfather purchased them at an auction and then refinished them and wove new seats for them. Four of these chairs are used at our lake house and the other two I keep at home.
On the card table I layered a striped tablecloth that I made for this table a few years ago. Get the easy how-to here. Over the tablecloth I layered a crocheted square made by my husband’s grandmother. I also have a similar smaller piece of crochet work made by the same grandmother that I use in the middle of my dining room table. Both of these pieces are perfectly made and to me are family treasures.
The Place Settings
I love dishes! From the age of about 12 on, every shopping trip that my mom and I took to the local mall included a trip to the china department at Leggett. I had my wedding and Christmas china picked out before I graduated from high school. Luckily my husband liked my choices!
For this late summer tablescape, I treated myself to a few Pioneer Woman dishes from Walmart.
The flatware used for this late summer tablescape is Gorham Golden Ribbon Edge. It’s my wedding flatware and 25 years later, I still love it.
The cut lace napkins go with a tablecloth that my mother-in-law gave me years ago. I’ve used the napkins many more times than the tablecloth. The napkin rings were purchased years ago in Fredericksburg.
After I took all of my pictures for this post, I realized that I forgot to add stemware to each place setting. I even had them out and filled with ice tea for us to enjoy. Don’t worry, we still enjoyed the ice tea!
Every table needs a centerpiece and I made one using Rudbeckia and Gardenia foliage from my yard. I used a handy flower arranging tool to make this arrangement. You can read about how easy this tool is to use in the Easy Summer Centerpiece post that I shared last week.
The yellow Rudbeckia and green foliage of the table centerpiece complement the colors in the dishes.
This Rudbeckia was a passalong plant from my friend’s yard. It reseeds freely and to be honest can be quite the pest in my flowerbeds. It is pretty, so I do allow some of it to continue to grow in my beds. Unfortunately the deer like it and it’s often munched before it can bloom.
A Last Look
Setting a pretty table makes a weeknight meal a special occasion. Sitting at a pretty table like this is much more romantic than eating on our sofas like we usually do.
Many thanks to Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate for hosting the End of Summer Tablescape Blog Hop this week. Be sure to visit today’s participants and to come back all week to see the tablescapes shared each day.
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