Yes, you read that ~ an indoor summertime alfresco tablescape. I know that alfresco means outside and I had the best intentions of creating this beautiful summer tablescape on our new patio coffee table on our new outdoor rug with my new DIY tabletop end tables. It was a great plan. But mother nature stepped in and out the window went my plan.
No, it wasn’t rain, although we always need rain. I would have gladly sacrificed my alfresco tablescape vision for some rain. It was heat, heat, and more heat. Yes, I live in Texas and we are born, weaned, and raised in heat. I love heat ~ to a point. Our temperatures the past several weeks have hit 100˚+ almost everyday. I can handle 90˚, but 100˚? Not so much. Creating a summertime alfresco tablescape in 105˚ heat did not sound like fun. My plants would wilt, my candles would melt, the ice in our cocktails would melt, and my food would wither.
So where could I set a summertime alfresco tablescape? I would just pretend that it was a lovely warm summer evening and create this summertime alfresco tablescape indoors in our living room. Where my plants wouldn’t wilt, my candles wouldn’t melt, our cocktails would stay cold and my food fresh and delicious. And Sweet Shark and I could enjoy the tablescape, the cocktails and the food ~ in the air~conditioning.
An Indoor Summertime Alfresco Tablescape
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Before I show you the details of my alfresco tablescape, I have to share 2 things ~ both totally unplanned ~ that happened at Haven Conference that had an impact on my tablescape.
Serendipitous Beginning to My Alfresco Tablescape Number 1
My original idea was to use a beach towel or Turkish towel as my tablecloth. Since our patio cushions are a deep sky blue color, I wanted to use blues with pops of pinks. I had searched online for Turkish towels, but they were so expensive I gave up. Then at Haven, early on Saturday morning, I saw a new vendor setting up a table with the most beautiful colors of Turkish towels and handmade yarn blankets and throws. No one else was around and I talked to the owners, Diane and Keith, about the product and their company, Artizen Home. I was blown away by the quality and price of their inventory ~ it was amazing.
I couldn’t stop thinking that one of the Turkish towels would be the perfect tablecloth for my upcoming summertime alfresco tablescape ~ at this time I fully planned to have it outdoors. In the afternoon I went back to their booth and told Diane about this upcoming tablescape hop. Rather than take a chance that a Turkish towel wouldn’t arrive in time, she graciously gave me the one of my choice!
As soon as I got home, I went to their website, thoroughly viewed all their beautiful products and how the company began ~ it’s a cool story. They had a lovely line of Turkish towels and Merino wool, hand~made blankets and throws. Unfortunately, they are not producing their products right now.
Serendipitous Beginning to My Alfresco Tablescape Number 2
On the first night of Haven, I was invited to a wonderful dinner hosted by Lamps Plus. On the tables were these really cool candle holders. And guess which color was on my table? Hot Pink! Our Lamps Plus hostess explained that this was a new product, it came in 100 amazing colors and would be a colorful addition to any home decor. I immediately thought of my alfresco tablescape vision. I thought the tall pink candle holders would be awesome on my patio table.
The next day, Lamps Plus ~ they are the nicest people ~ hosted lunch and said anyone whoever wanted a pair of the candleholders could them sent to them. Wow! I was so on it. And again, guess which color was on the table where I was sitting? The Hot Pink ones! When Sweet Shark and I arrived home, the box with my pretty Hot Pink candle holders were already there.
The Big Reveal
I took so many pictures that I thought I would show you the actual tablescape today and the “behind the tablescape” on Friday. Once I settled on doing the tablescape in the living room on our coffee table instead of outside on the patio table, I realized I could almost create the same design. I wanted a soft, tropical, very relaxed vibe.
You already know that the alfresco tablescape begins with the Turkish towel and continues with the Lamps Plus candleholders. I had Sweet Shark bring in some banana leaves from our banana tree (never thought of using them before.) I pulled over a couple of large plants from the fireplace hearth.
I only had 1 table size plant for the table so I made a quick run to Trader’s Joe and bought 2 pots of succulents in white round planters. (A year later, I painted those pots for our patio.)
I added a few small votive candle holders and sprinkled some of my bottled sand (I bought 1 jar at Joann over a year ago and I keep using it and putting it back in the jar). Here’s a similar product.
Pink napkins and pink plastic utensils complimented the pink of the candleholders. The plastic wine glasses with the jeweled embellishment were a wedding gift. We started out with 6 and we’re down to 3. Wish I had more.
Rather than sit on the sofa and lean over to eat, I decided that we would pretend we were sitting on the beach. I pulled my apple green pillows off the sofa and brought in the pillows that I made for my dining room makeover. I was pleasantly surprised how the green pillows picked up the color from the banana leaves. And the small pillows provide some pattern and whimsy to the scene.
Now it was time for our dinner. I knew this would be a no~cook night. When it’s so hot outside, sometimes a cool, fresh, light meal is just the thing. I made a caprese salad with fresh local tomatoes and locally made mozzarella cheese. Last weekend I made a big batch of pesto with some of our basil and sprinkled some shredded basil on top. Sweet Shark made some cocktail sauce for dipping fresh chilled shrimp.
I thought we could share one big plate.
I placed the caprese salad on our tropical tablescape and lit the candles.
It was after 8:00 so the sun was starting to set.
You can’t have a summertime alfresco dinner without a refreshing cocktail and Sweet Shark makes the best. I requested a Mojito and he delivered. Yummy. Umbrellas at no extra charge.
You have to chin~chin. We were ready to sit down and enjoy our meal at my alfresco tablescape.
I love how the Lamps Plus candle holders stand above the greenery and elevate the candlelight.
For dessert, I thought something cold and creamy was in order. I served lemon ice cream with a sprig of mint from our backyard. It’s so refreshing and light.
Even my pink plastic spoons add to the decor.
Turkish Towel ~ Artizen Home
Glass Candle Holders ~ Lamps Plus
Candles ~ Joann
Potted succulents ~ Trader Joe’s
White Plate ~ World Market
Wish you were here!