On the chance we would not get our daily round of rain or thunderstorms this afternoon, I set a table for two on the deck. We enjoy dining alfresco, but late summer is generally not the best time for it. Even in the shade with the fan on it's usually too hot and humid. There's a slight breeze today so we may be in luck!
I add slices of lemon or lime to iced tea because their tartness adds an extra layer of refreshing coolness. This idea became the inspiration for the table.
I used dark rattan chargers layered with our everyday dinner plates. The woven chargers and trellis pattern on the plates reflect the garden setting.
For the salad I chose the lemon and lime plates from a citrus set that consists of these and two varieties of oranges. I like that the plates include whole and sliced fruits and bright green leaves that seem they've been picked straight from the tree!
The bistro table was purposely chosen because it is small, encouraging a private tête-à-tête.
There was room enough for a bouquet of summer blooms placed in a galvanized French flower bucket.
A different shade of green is provided by the iced tea glasses. I was surprised to learn that I had won these two in a drawing at the Annual Collectible Glass Show that my daughter and I went to last summer! More of the gorgeous antique, depression and vintage glassware at the show can be found in Part 1 and Part 2.
Napkins are secured by rings in a leaf pattern. I doubled pale yellow and white napkins with a jolt of fringed lime.
A variety of clear bright greens counteracts the heat, yet is perfect in a garden setting.
I didn't have many flowers blooming in the garden today so I went with faux stems in shades of white and ivory. The hydrangeas have a hint of green, perfectly mimicking the ones in my neighbor's yard.
We are still in the midst of the backyard renovation...begun in early May. But the last two photos provide a hint of what is to come.
Dinner plates | Villeroy & Boch 'French Garden'
Salad plates | Pier 1
Glasses | Anchor Hocking 'Burple Green'
Flatware | Mikasa 'Italian Countryside'