Last week we crossed over into official summertime. The coolest time of the day is in the morning. The perfect time for a pretty pink patio table setting for a summer breakfast.
It’s so hot during the middle of the day in our backyard that the best time for outdoor dining is either early morning or in the evening. Last year, I set this pretty pink patio table setting in the shade. I thought it would be nice to share it again ~ a tablescape to use before the sun blasts the backyard.
I love dining outdoors anytime ~ if I’m in the shade. There is something about eating outside that makes food taste better. We have dined on beaches, on docks, on outdoor patios, on sidewalk cafes. It just adds to the ambiance of the experience.
I have a scenario for this pink patio table setting that I think you will love.
Summer Breakfast with a Pretty Pink Patio Table Setting
It’s always fun to challenge yourself to create new pretty settings for your home, whether inside or out. Is pink one of your favorite colors? If so, don’t you think it’s perfect for a summer morning patio table setting?
For inspiration, I went to Pinterest and found this pretty pink patio table setting from Karen of Sanctuary Home Decor. Her inspiration was the beautiful peonies from her garden.
Karen set her pretty table under her covered patio which did provide shade. Here is what she included:
- glass bottles filled with pretty pink flowers ~ I can do that.
- placemats and cloth napkins ~ also doable
- white and pink dishes ~ I do have to find those
- pretty glasses with gold trim ~ I do have pink glasses
Alas, our peony had great foliage, but not a single bloom last year or this year. I think we are going to have to figure out why it’s not blooming. I would have to find another flower. Fortunately, I had plenty of bottles.
My Pretty Pink Dining Scenario
Even if a tablescape is done just for fun, I like to have a “pretend” event in my head.
Everyone in my neighborhood walks. Some with dogs and some without. For this pink table setting, I envisioned having a few neighbors over for an “after~walk” early morning breakfast.
(We would all still be in our walking gear and be hot and sweaty.)
This gathering would be a very casual light breakfast on our patio.
Before Setting The Pink Table
A couple of things had to happen before I could start designing this summer table:
- find pretty pink flowers
- get out my glass bottles for the flowers
- buy pink dishes and napkins
- move our patio table and umbrella
- gather my placemats, silverware, and glassware
So, let’s get started.
Pink Dishes, Napkins, and Flowers
Target is only three minutes from our house (Are you jealous?) so that was my first destination for finding pink dishes and napkins. Since my table setting would be very casual, I wanted paper products. I found pretty pink ones.
As I was walking to check out, I passed a display of flowers. Did you know that Target has fresh flowers? It was my lucky day.
A beautiful bouquet of white roses with pink tips would be just right for my pink table setting. This saved me a trip to the grocery store for flowers.
When setting a table for outdoors, I think it helps to gather all your tablescape ingredients on your breakfast room table. This makes it easier to transport all your table pieces outside.
I’ll tell you about each item as I show you how I set the table.
Moving The Patio Table
I set this pretty pink table setting on the patio before we started the remodel of our new patio items. We were in the process of designing and choosing contractors for some major updates to our backyard.
One simple change I’ve wanted to make is to move our patio table and umbrella from the middle of the patio over to the fence overlooking our greenbelt.
Sounds easy, uh? Except last year at the end of May, Sweet Shark fell from our attic ladder and broke his right wrist. His arm was in a cast and he was not supposed to lift anything.
I finally hired someone to come over and move several things inside and outside our home. So the table and umbrella were moved. I can’t believe what a difference this made.
Here is where the table is now.
Moving the table from the center of the patio really opened up so much space.
Part of our plan was to cover all the hardscape in turf and built a new patio and cover.
Our flowers are looking so pretty right now ~ we are watering twice a day ~ that I wanted to share them with my friends.
Our Mandeville, angelonia, periwinkles, petunias, and impatiens add more pink to the gathering.
I had to get a few pictures of Nola. She loves the backyard. We hope to teach her to get in and out of the pool soon.
P.S. A year later she is still not comfortable in the pool, but she will stand on the top step.
Setting The Pink Table
As soon as the table was moved (about 9:00 on a Saturday morning), I started bringing out the ingredients. You will be able to see the changing sun and shadows as the morning progressed.
First was my pink and white buffalo check “tablecloth”. This is actually two yards of fabric that I bought at Spoonflower a few years ago. I have been waiting to use it for something special.
NOTE: Don’t overlook using fabric as a tablecloth. You will often find more options. Look for 54~inch wide fabric and buy 2 ~ 3 yards.
The first item I added was the pink~tipped roses. I had trimmed them and removed any wilting petals before adding two roses to each of my six Kombucha bottles. I love these bottles, but any type of pretty bottle will do.
For a frilly, girly look, I used these cut lace placemats. I bought them at an estate sale several years ago. 12 for $12. Here are some similar ones.
Next came my white World Market plates. On top, I set the pink paper plates. Believe me, there are so many pretty pink plates to choose from.
I gave the matching pink napkins a simple fold. A silver spoon would be all we needed for our breakfast.
I knew that I would use my pink cut~glass sherbet glasses. I bought them at one of our local antique malls years ago.
For our beverage, I added champagne glasses. We keep the glasses in our garage freezer. They were ice cold until I brought them outside. I used paper doilies as little place cards.
We knew we would want lots of cold water. I used my favorite pink and white stripe pitcher from Home Goods, but try this similar one. The cut glass water glasses belonged to Sweet Shark’s mother.
GOOD EATS FOR BREAKFAST
Now for our light breakfast.
I would serve Greek yogurt topped with fresh chopped strawberries and blueberries in the pink sherbet glasses. A mini~scone would complete our little morning bite.
I would fill the sherbet glasses with yogurt and fruit before leaving for our morning walk. They would stay cold in the refrigerator. The same thing for the pitcher of ice water.
This is a special little after~morning~walk party. Mimosas for toasting to good neighbors and friends would add a festive touch ~ and be healthy.
TIP: Don’t bring out the glasses and champagne until the last minute when you are ready to serve.
It took me about 30 minutes to assemble the table. I had to make several trips to bring out all the pieces from our breakfast table and the refrigerator.
Shopping to Create a Pretty Pink Table
Would you come to an after~morning~walk party with a pretty pink patio table setting?
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