Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dining in the Tropics

Man has it been HOT!  Summer has definitely arrived here in the midlands of SC, bringing scorching temps at just over 100 degrees for several days.  Thank goodness we have also had several evening thunderstorms roll through to bring those temps down to the mid to high 90's. 

This type of weather has me thinking of the tropics alot lately.  So last night I decided to set a little tropical setting   outside on the screened porch.

Oops!  Didn't mean to get in the picture there!
Before we get into my tablescape, please tell me what you think of the placement of my shutters, okay?

Many of you already know I bought and repainted these shutters recently and promised to show you where they would end up.  I intended for them to mount right next to my window here on the bottom window.  I tried several different types of heavy stick on hooks and velcro only to have them crash down during the recent winds of the storms.  I was trying to avoid putting more nails in my siding.  I already had nails where they are hanging now with other things.  Do you think they look okay where they are?  Or do you think they are too far apart and look to random..seriously, would love some honest feedback.  Thanks!

Okay, now on to the good stuff.

I wanted to take some of my colors from the runner that I made several years ago but realized I really don't have many dishes with those colors.  

So, I just used what I had.

I started with my deep lime green plates that have a touch of brown around the wheat.

Then I added one of my newest dishes, the small brown recycled salad plates.

Then I topped it off with my somewhat tropical looking blue green dessert plates.

I used brown napkins to bring out the browns in the runner and dishes.

Multi-colored butterfly napkin rings hint of the tropics to me too!

I was so excited to bring out my newest tablescape purchase.

I finally found a set of this wonderful bamboo looking flatware at an affordable price from Home Goods on our recent trip to Charleston.

I just love them!  The set came with 4 soup spoons and four teaspoons.  So...for you seasoned tablescapers, which one is proper for me to use in my setting.   Do I use the teaspoon as shown here?

Or the soup spoon as shown here?  That soup spoon seems so big to me!

Then to bring out more blue I chose to use my blue iridescent goblets.

I love how the iridescent quality also reflects other colors of the setting.

Because my table is smaller I kept the centerpiece to a minimum.

 I used one of my willow candle holders with a votive.  Here it is shown all lit up later.

Cute little birdie salt and pepper shakers.

This time instead of using this basket for flowers I used it for a wine caddy.  

Eventually it gets late enough to dine outside in this heat.

Is it hot enough for you yet?

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my tropical tablescape, for
 Please check out more beautiful settings at the previous link above as well!

I'm looking forward to hearing your advice on both questions.
Have a great day!


  1. A very pretty table for two, Mary! I love those blue shutters! What about using a command strip and hanging the one on the right below the one on the left? Either way, they are a nice addition to your screened porch!

  2. Beautiful table and so appropriate too. Here in N FL we have been having triple digit temps as well but no rain. We are expecting some today though, hopefully. It is a scorcher of a summer for sure.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  3. You did a great job and I love the color of those shutters!

    Susan and Bentley

  4. FYI- I did use the command strips with hooks originally and they worked for a little while. The package says, may not stick to vinyl. Well, I can testify the package is correct, it doesn't! I'm not sure if it was the heat or the wind but eventually they crashed and did not hold. :(

  5. Wonderful! I think that is that gorgeous blue in your table and chairs that makes everything work together so beautifully. What if the shutters opened to reveal a mirror, or something else? I love the color. I had to laugh. I'm always hanging things where a nail just happens to already be in place. Thanks for stopping by my post. cherry Kay

  6. Hi Mary! How pretty and it does look so tropical too!


  7. Eerything is so pretty, Mary. I have the same candle holder. I can't believe you are hotter than here. It's been in the 90's but I don't think it has gone up to 100 yet but it's still hot and humid. I love your table, love the color and the shutters pop!..>Christine

  8. Everything looks just beauiful. The colors and the different textures makes this table so pretty!


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