It has been so hot here in SW Florida that the Dog Days of Summer are perfect for refreshing cold salads al fresco. It has been so hot here in SW Florida that the Dog Days of Summer are perfect for refreshing cold salads al fresco.
I believe we should send those days off in style via paper lanterns.
I loved using paper lanterns in this tablescape as it reminds me of the Japanese lovers from the play “Madam Butterfly”.
Here I go again with the references to old movies.
This tablescape is as pretty in the evening as it is with the light.
And very romantic.
I remember watching the movie “Madam Butterfly” and then hanging out at the drug store with my friends drinking a 10 cent cherry coke and eating a 5 cent bag of potato chips as we swooned over the star crossed lovers.
The pretty Japanese young girl in a kimono under the cherry blossoms and her “soldier” boyfriend saying good-bye never knowing if they might ever see each other again?
Yes, that one where the lieutenant in the Navy marries the Geisha girl named Butterfly?
But I digress…
This tablescape was such fun to set up for an alfresco dinner, and I was hoping the ominous clouds did not produce rain.
I do love a romantic dinner coming together under the moon and with beautifully lit paper lanterns.
I started with bright colored paper lanterns for inspiration and instead of hanging from the trees in my Secret Garden, I sat them on the rectangular table!
Luv! luv! luv! them and they are so pretty at night!
Since the dog days of summer can be sweltering hot, I thought an organic, earthy vibe would work with my tablescape.,
I started with a pad of green grass that I purchased at Michael’s several years ago, which I spread along the center of the table.
To keep with this rustic and eclectic garden scene, I used burlap place mats and positioned flowers and grapevine on wood slices in the center of the table.
I thought the “stick” looking flatware added to the garden inspired theme.
And then I added rattan chargers and colorful dinner plates of turquoise and soft pink.
The pink stemware and the green water glasses match the lanterns, which were placed randomly around the table.
Putting two of the lanterns in sherbet dishes gave them a bit of height.
I doubled pink napkins with turquoise napkins and used a small white rose napkin ring.
The paper lotus or pompoms also add to the colorful tablescape.
I bought them on-line and expanded the tissue paper per instructions.
You may have noticed that the table is set up in the house instead of al fresco in my Secret Garden.
As I was setting the table, it started sprinkling and by the time I moved everything back into the house it was pouring.
Sooooooo……..what is a tablescaper to do???
The meal was light with chicken salad in a scalloped, cut-out tomato half set on a bed of greens surrounded by pineapple chunks, purple grapes and small toasted slices of french bread!
A nice cold salad, perfect for an indoor or outdoor meal as the dog days of Summer wind down.
Have a Blessed Day!