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Elegant Outdoor Dinner Table


Hi friends, did you see our pretty outdoor breakfast table setting yesterday and on The Daily Meal? Today we are sharing the pictures of our dressy outdoor dinner table using the same basic pieces from our breakfast table (pottery, chargers, flatware and outdoor table and chairs.)

Outdoor Dinner Table

The BEST part of summer is dinning outdoors but it doesn’t always have to be casual BBQ red cups and disposable plates. En plein air dining with real plates, cloth napkins and the clink of nice glassware is a whole new level of summer dining. When I was young my mom would set a pretty table on our back porch a few times a summer and make a fresh pasta for dinner. It felt so special to break our everyday dinner routine and sit outside on a warm summer night.


outdoor table decor


Sarah and I set the table with her Pottery Barn Rattan chargers, wobbly edged Simon Pearce plates and bowls and stunning Match Pewter flatware. A Libeco runner connected the dinners across the table on a ribbon of flax linen and Tiffany candlesticks glittered in the setting sun.


Outdoor Dinner Table Close

Once the foundation was set we studded the table with magenta dahlias in simple mini milk jars turned vases and filled one remaining vase with fresh mint to keep things fresh and fuss-free. Our pièce de résistance were two crystal Saint Louis goblets from Sarah’s father.  He collects 2 beautiful goblets a year for her from his travels and presents them on Christmas morning. Her collection over the years has grown to to accommodate a Jane Austen sized dinner party at Lady Catherine’s house I believe. Such a lovely tradition.

Will you be toting your breakables outdoors this summer? We hope so!



Wedding Decor: October + Rock & Roll


FINALLY it’s October and it’s timely to share the pictures of my friend Mary’s incredible wedding decor. She got married on October 31, 2009 and she masterminded the entire event from the table decor to designing her own dress. I think there are a lot of ideas in this wedding inspire your home Fall/October/Halloween decorations and table arrangements.

All Photos courtesy of Erin Hearts Court Wedding Photography

M+S_BLOG029Hot pink and deep purple flowers were a beautiful compliment to the many orange pumpkins used in the the decor landscape. Pops of yellow and verdant green kept the palette fresh.

M+S_BLOG033the ceremony benches were studded with pumpkins

M+S_BLOG036the couple framed in swags of hanging black and white striped fabric (from Ikea)

M+S_BLOG030dinner was served on long wood tables with black and white striped table runners and an explosion of colorful decor including pumpkins of all sizes and hot pink peonies, dahlias and ranunculi!

M+S_BLOG041Mary provided the decor and the vision but Meg from La Partie Events styled up the room beyond her wildest dreams. Drew typed all the escort cards on his old typewriter and then they were fixed at each place setting to a mini pumpkin.

M+S_BLOG050We made the sparkly table numbers out of foam numbers from the hardware store by coating them in black spray paint, then spray glue and rolling them in coarse black glitter. Then we glued them to a stick and they sprung from a pumpkin on each table.

M+S_BLOG057so many chic details to inspire your holiday tables this year. I adore that birch bark wrapped glass votive with a floating tea light.

M+S_BLOG054The caterers from Auntie Em’s styled up the dinner buffet by writing the names of the dishes on gourds! Halloween desserts such as mini caramel apples and huge apothecary jars of assorted candy were as decorative as they were delicious.

M+S_BLOG063Assorted mini cupcakes were served instead of cake and the bride added her own cake toppers, a ballerina and a pirate which sums up the couple perfectly!

To see the rest of the pictures from Erin Hearts Court of this magical day click here!