We had some friends over on the weekend, and I thought it would be nice to eat outside. This was our first outdoor meal of the year with company, so my week (and my sweet husbands) included gardening, grass cutting, mulching, and generally finishing up some of those spring jobs that never seemed to have been finished. While I was working away in the garden, I was thinking about the table too…like you do. I wanted to use some floral, but in a fun way with some fresh colours, but I also wanted to use what I had. Here’s what I came up with.
The whole look was inspired by the wrapping paper I found at Michaels, and used as a table runner. I loved the bright lime green, along with the pink and purple. These are all colours I’ve used before, so everything else I already had and it was just a matter of pulling it all together.
This little wicker caddy works great for a casual party, and lets everyone just help themselves. And you know how I love paper straws.
Pretty mason jars make great glasses, and they’re not at all fragile, which is great for outside.
I used pretty white peonies from my garden for a simple centre piece, three down the middle of the table.
For lunch we had the amazing Vietnamese Baguettes that I shared yesterday, love the pretty skewers in them with a washi tape flag too.
And the perfect accompaniment was the Pioneer Woman’s Asian Noodle Salad. I tried it for the first time and it was really, really good. It does make a HUGE amount. I cut down the linguine to half a package, the cabbages to 1/4 head each, and only used one pepper and one cucumber. I added snow peas and about 2-3 tbsp. of honey to the dressing for my version. This is a great one to feed a crowd and the leftovers were yummy too.
We had a lovely relaxed time outside, and then came back in the house for dessert. I made this pavlova, with summer berries and whipped cream.
On a warm summer day with wonderful food, and dear friends to share it with, life really is a party!
This post is linked up at Between Naps on the Porch.