Things are really heating up here in the south. We have temps in the upper 90’s this week, and with our humidity factored in, our heat indexes are above 100°!
Naturally, we are scrambling for shade where we can find it.
Let’s move quickly, shall we, before the sun creeps across our table?
This summer, I’ve not yet used the cheap plates I found at Tuesday Morning earlier this year or the napkins on T. J. Maxx clearance.
The entire tablescape began with the bug fabric cloth. I ran the oblong cloths in opposite directions to allow openings for chairs and guests’ legs while seated.
What’s a summer table without bugs, after all? Butterflies and June bugs welcome – no flies, though!
This beverage server was a deal on Sam’s Wholesale clearance shelf several years ago. We’ve only used it twice, but I love to set it out to enjoy, company or not.
To the left of the table above, notice the remainder of the tree we discussed yesterday in What’s Blooming (and Not!) Wednesday #17. Every time I see that leaning tree, I’m more convinced it needs to go. 🙁
I turned a clay flower-pot upside-down for the beverage server pedestal. The legs on the stand that came with the server poked through the lattice grid of the table and wobbled. The solid base works much better.
Vintage-style bowls of summer colors (I’m thinking ice-cream bowls) circle the beverage server. The lemons and limes are a mixture of fake and real. Can you tell which ones are real?
Fresh French Tarragon sprigs give a wonderfully fresh scent to the table.
When eating outside, it’s so easy to step aside and snap off a few branches – the scent goes wild!
I often have to remind myself to cover all five senses when decorating. We just covered scent.
Closely related to scent is taste. The perfect sandwich to serve at this table would be Copycat Chicken Salad (AKA Chicken Tarragon) crescents, which include tarragon in the chicken mixture and topped with bacon, lettuce and tomato. Is anyone else getting hungry?
Lemonade for thirst, of course.
Sight…beauty all around, large and small.
Touch…textures, smooth and rough. At the table, napkin and utensil essentials should feel pleasing to our touch.
Sounds…birds chirping nearby, bugs buzzing, hummingbirds humming…sounds of summer fill our minds with wonder.
Well, Mr. Sun has arrived. Thank you for sharing some shade with me in The Land of Making Do.
Let’s meet again next week to dine in a spot of shade for Cuisine Kathleen’s Farewell to Summer Table Challenge. As a goal of using new things, this table today would meet the challenge. But, I’ve got another new (and cheap!) set of dishes to share next week.
Nothing Fall yet, y’all. Let’s at least wait until September for that – apple season ahead, and yippee!
Be sure to come back tomorrow for a special feature of a talented young biscuit maker who came to visit us in The Land of Making Do….
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