Summer colors are bright, warm and bold. They joyfully shrug off the heat!
Today brought normal summer temps, a welcome relief from the weekend's heat index values above 100! To take advantage of the break, I thought we'd have lunch al fresco. With a view overlooking the koi pond, I set the bistro table with a fun and whimsical shoal of fish, using melamine dishes in a super cute design.
The koi pond is located in the far corner of the back yard and is fed by a curving stream. The pond was part of the complete overhaul of our yard we undertook last year, detailed in part 2 of a series of posts.
Comfy pillows carry on the theme. What you see snaking through the railing is a rope light we've set up on a temporary basis until we finish with the lighting in the backyard. It casts a pretty light behind the bistro table, and more importantly, lights up the railing down the stairs.
The largest koi is about 18 inches in length. He loves jumping in the water and making quite a splash! My mother-in-law gave him to us when she sold her house, along with several smaller ones. They've adapted to their new home and the fish we already had.
On the table the colorful dish designs are matched by the napkins and placemats. I've doubled the placemats in turquoise and lime.
Ombré goblets shade from turquoise to lime, repeating the placemat duo.
We currently have 15 or so koi and goldfish in the pond. This pond is deeper than the one it replaced, which is more suited to the fish, allowing them to hide more effectively from the herons and owls that visit from time to time.
I think we're ready for an easy summer salad with buttery rolls and homemade ice cream for dessert!
A great way to enjoy a lazy summer day! Colorful, fun and whimsical!
I hope you have a chance to enjoy dining al fresco! For a beachy summer table starring this dishware be sure to visit Under the Sea.