7.12.2018

Outdoor Dining in the Cabin Garden and A Summer Blog Hop


Welcome to our cabin garden! This is a spot I don't think I've ever shared before, but this Summer I was inspired to set up a table for outdoor dining here. I'm so happy to be part of the Summer Festival Blog Hop, hosted by Kendra of Joy In Our Home! Each day this week brings something new so make sure you see the links at the bottom of this post to see them all!  Today we are sharing tablescapes!  If you're new around here and joining me from 2 Bees In A Pod or elsewhere from the tours, thanks for stopping by!

Alfresco garden dining under string lights



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This little garden below our back porch is one of my favorite spots. It is full of locally native ferns, purple clover, and other plants that come alive every Spring beneath our two Bald Cypress trees. We moved in during Winter so you can only imagine my joy when this brown patch of earth came alive like this as soon as the weather warmed! Lately I've been transplanting some of them farther into this space in the hopes that soon the whole thing will be full of plants!

Cozy summer outdoor dining under string lights

Summer boho alfresco dining in the garden

Summer outdoor tablescape

I moved an older IKEA patio set we have had for years down off the porch and nestled it amongst the plants. It's seen better days, but chippy paint is still in right?!  I just covered it with some vintage linens.

Alfresco dining in the garden

Boho vintage linens on a summer outdoor table in the garden


Since we moved here I've envisioned string lights from the porch to these two special cypress trees. I knew it would be good!

Alfresco garden dining under string lights

Alfresco garden dining under string lights

I picked up some new outdoor seat cushions at Walmart this week (only $7 each!), and they were really my jumping off point for this table. Navy blue says Summer to me!

Alfresco garden dining under string lights

Alfresco garden dining under string lights

Then I found some clearance melamine plates and bowls at Target that went perfectly with the cushions.  I added wine glasses and thrifted water glasses.

Alfresco garden dining under string lights


Summer dinner outdoors

Inexpensive soft dish cloths made perfect napkins topped by a mix of vintage flatware.

Outdoor summer dinner

Now let's get to the good stuff...the food LOL! It's a simple dinner of grilled chicken, steamed corn, Greek Potatoes (recipe from South YourMouth), and my Summer Butter Bean Salad!  Make sure you check out that recipe and read the story behind it because it's a special one to me.

Outdoor summer dinner table

Chicken, butter bean salad for dinner

Summer dinner table with butter bean salad

Here is the table in the garden heading towards evening and night. I couldn't pick my favorite shot so I'm including a few!

Alfresco garden dining under string lights

 Nighttime alfresco garden dining under string lights


Nighttime alfresco garden dining under string lights


Table Details


Table and chairs - older from Ikea

Seat cushions - Walmart

Linens - thrifted vintage

String lights - Walmart and here are other options from Walmart 

Plates and bowls - Target clearance not online anymore (or these are great options too from Walmart and Amazon)

Wine glasses - Bed Bath and Beyond

Water glasses - thrifted vintage



Thank you so much for joining me for this little dinner in the cabin garden!  Next up on the tours is a table by Making It In The Mountains that is absolutely beautiful. And see just below for the links to all of the tours this week, Summer vignettes, porches, recipes, tables, and mantels!

Vignettes on Monday
 
Front Porches on Tuesday 
 
Recipes on Wednesday
 
 
Mantles on Friday
 



7 comments:

  1. Dara - this is stunning. You get to dine in your own personal secret garden. You were right about the string lighting - it is the perfect touch. We too love blue and white...we would never guess that those beautiful bowls are melamine. Cheers to a job well done.

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  2. Such a pretty spot! I would never leave! Gorgeous!

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  3. This is just so magical! And that dinner looks magnifico! Beautiful space. I hope you enjoy it all summer!
    So glad to be joining you on the Festival Summer Blog Hop!
    https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/summer-festival-blog-hop-vintage-summer-vignettes/

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  4. I could eat out here in a heartbeat, Dara! It's all so pretty. I love your fairy lights and I can't even believe those gorgeous cushions were $7 that is such a great score! As always your tablescapes are warm and inviting. I love it all lady. Sending you big hugs, CoCo

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  5. Oh my goodness, this looks like a little piece of heaven! What a gorgeous place to enjoy your Summer!

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  6. So beautiful! What a wonderful spot - nice and shady for those hot days, and i love the lights for nighttime! So pretty!

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  7. Oh wow, I'm so glad you shared your cabin garden! It's fantastic. And I adore that you used vintage flatware. Love everything.

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