So I decided to have my own dinner on the porch with only appetizers and desserts. No one else would mind and it would be less clean-up for me!
First, I used a green tablecloth and, then, a beautiful flower runner and napkins by Raymond Waits that I had found at T J Maxx. I had only one runner - using two would have been much easier, but the fun of blogging is sometimes we have to be creative in using the things that we already have. My solution was to use two different kinds of plates - Bordallo green "Cabbage" and JC Penney dark yellow "Pearl" in two different sizes.
On the runner, I placed the green dinner plate first and the yellow salad plate on top. Where the green tablecloth was showing, I used the yellow dinner plate with the green cabbage salad plate on top. I did not like the way the cabbage plate looked on top of the green tablecloth, so I thought my two color plate solution was perfect!
You can see in this photo how the yellow dinner plate looked on the green tablecloth.
I pondered a bit over the idea of flatware. Should I use two salad forks - one for the appetizers and one for the dessert? I thought about it and decided to use a cocktail fork for the appetizers. Instead of putting the salad/dessert fork at the top of the place setting, where it usually goes, I put it to the left of the plate and slipped the cocktail fork into the napkin ring for a little something different. On the right side of the place setting, I used a small breakfast/dessert, mother-of-pearl Gorham knife with sterling ferrules. The cocktail and dessert forks are Gorham "Strasbourg".
The two stemware pieces were chosen for their colors. Fostoria yellow "Moonstone" wine glass to serve wine with the appetizers and a green cordial stem by an unknown maker that I found at Goodwill (love shopping there!) in which to serve a liqueur for dessert.
I did not have a great deal of room for a centerpiece on the table, so I used a green covered box that has a bird on top and has the same Majolica feel that the Bordallo plates have. I added four hobnail votive candle holders, so we could eat by candle light, if the sun went down. Most of the time we cannot wait for the sun to set, before we eat - lol!
I very rarely show the outside of my house, but I thought I would thrown in a few pictures of what we can see from our porch. This is the view of the lake on which we live.
These are some of the trees that allow us a lot of privacy from the other part of the lake. The lake is on the other side of the trees and is very pretty, but I love feeling like I am surround by woods.
This is the view that we can see, when we look up. Since the lake is down a hill from the house, we feel like the porch is almost a tree house porch!
This is our beautiful white Crape Myrtle. It is 21 years old and gets more beautiful each year. It is really the only thing worth photographing in our yard this time of year. Spring and Fall are the times, when we really see lots of colors!
I am leaving you with more porch scenes. I hope that you have a special place, where you can vacation in your own home. Isn't it great??
Hope this tour was not too long - so wish you were here to enjoy this lovely outside view and have appetizers and desserts with me - I am thinking boiled shrimp with cocktail sauce that I can serve in this Bordallo Pinheiro gravy boat with the "Strasbourg" cream ladle. Also, we can have bacon wrapped breadsticks, which I will make with the smaller, fat breaksticks, so that I can serve them on the darling Bordallo plate with the frog on the edge. Lemon meringue pie and chocolate truffles for later - yum!