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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Al Fresco Dining on the Porch


My favorite place to serve meals to the family  is at the farmhouse table on the front porch..... and  I couldn't wait to use my new place mats in a tablescape for a family dinner.


I found my new place mats at Walmart for $2 .... they are reversible and can be cleaned with a damp cloth since they are vinyl,  love that!    Here is side 1.....


and here is side 2.


For an easy clean up after dinner,  I am using paper plates.  
 For side 1 of the place mats,   I used pink and white polka dot plates.....chevon and floral salad plates ......and plastic aqua handled silverware


For side two place mats,  I used aqua ball jar plates with plastic pink handled silverware.     For the family members that don't like salad  ....this is where you can sit...lol! 


I have extra silverware in a chicken wire caddy.


I have 5 mason jars filled with small rose bouquets on a tablerunner for a simple centerpiece..


I didn't want to cover up all of my pretty new place mats,  so I didn't set a place setting on all of them.    I have extra  plates,  napkins,  and silverware on a tea cart at the end of the table that I can pass around when we sit down to eat.     I shared a close up of my chicken wire silverware caddy earlier.....I kinda got my photo's out of order!


I covered the fireplace mantel with a quilted lap throw that has the same colors that I used in my tablescape.       
 

A basket of flowers.....two bird houses.....a couple of birds and two sprays of flowers complete my fireplace mantel 


Now,     I can just relax until time for dinner!


45 comments:

  1. Very pretty and so nice what flowers and canning jars can do to enhance a pretty paper plate.

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  2. Love the placemats....so cheery for spring. And the paper plates and plastic utensils go so wonderfully with them. Very cute. Always love the special items that add that bit of whimsy to your decor. Very inviting table setting. It's almost too pretty to mess up by eating there!haha

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  3. Oh, I wanted to know about your umbrella? Did you put a handmade top on it? It looks so cute. I have some vintage curtains and tablecloths that I was going to use on some of my umbrellas but I haven't gotten to them yet. Just wondering about yours. Very cute.

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  4. That's an amazing outdoor space. Very pretty.
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

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  5. Oh, my gracious...how lovely and so fun. What time is dinner?

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  6. Hi Penny,
    I absolutely loved your placemats and paperware plates. Made an adorably fun Spring table.
    Would love to find some of those....did you just recently get the placemats at Walmart??
    and did you get the Paper goods there as well??
    Loved your centerpcs too.............well, just loved it all....
    Blessings,
    Nellie

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    1. Hi Nellie, I bought the place mats just the other day at Walmart....the plates were bought at Tuesday Morning, some last year and some this year. Have a blessed week end...

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  7. Your outdoor space is so pretty and lovely. I love especially the paper plates and the mats.
    Hugs Alessandra

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  8. Boy, I would love having breakfast lunch or dinner at your garden setting! Those place mats are so pretty!! Might have to give in and go to a Walmart.

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  9. Your new placemats look great with all of your other accessories -- just the right colors and design. Your table setting is lovely. It's very inviting.

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  10. Just lovely! Found you on our mini link party. :) Misty

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  11. So pretty! I love the placemats.

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  12. I love watercolors and florals; those placemats are delightful to look at!

    Dropping by from the No Rules Weekend Blog Hop!

    http://helloannajo.blogspot.com

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  13. Simply beautiful:-))) I like your placemats, they are amazing:-))))
    Glad to find your blog on Sunday at Home:-)))
    Greetings from Poland:-))
    Anita

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  14. Such a pretty setup and so many flowers! Love it!
    Best,
    Kelly

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  15. Thank you Penny for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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  16. Thank you for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I'm sharing your post on social media.

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  17. Your table is simply adorable. Just goes to show you do not have to work yourself to death to have a beautiful casual meal. I love it all. Including the paper plates. Thank you for sharing with #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’ve shared your post on social media.

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  18. Just gorgeous! Love everything,

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  19. What a beautiful outdoor place-setting. Thank you for the inspiration. And thank you for sharing this on #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

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  20. What a lovely place to dine outdoors! I'm sure you'll be enjoying it this season! Thank you for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

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  21. So pretty! I love old bicycles, so these placemats are perfect! Enjoy your el fresco dining!

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  22. This is beautiful. I just love the look, I wish I could do it myself. Thanks for sharing with us at #CCBG

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  23. Penny,
    I am playing catch up again because I worked my 3 day stretch over the weekend. I am off now for 2 night.....
    What a charming and refreshing tablescape!! Love those place mats and the paper goods. You always find the prettiest paper plates that do not look at all like they are paper!! And the flatware is to die for!! Love the color of those handles!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  24. Thanks for bringing your post to the Blogger's Pit Stop last week.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew

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  25. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing at BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I've shared on social media.

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  26. What a lovely out door entertaining area!

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  27. Penny,
    Your attention to detail creates a lovely place to eat on your porch. Your home is a refreshing place to share with TADA!
    Karen Marie

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  28. Those placemats are charming! Everything looks perfect for outdoor entertaining.

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  29. Nice colors! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

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  30. Thanks for linking up and sharing your ideas at #BloggingGrandmohtersLinkParty. I've shared.

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  31. Wow! That is a stunning table set up; and I love those watercolor placemats. Pinned.

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  32. Your tablescape is charming. The colors are so pretty and delicate. Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

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  33. Love it all. Looks like a doll house instead of a real house :) Thank you for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post.

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  34. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  35. Thank you so much for sharing this at Farmhouse Friday! Shared and pinned! :)

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  36. I cannot stop staring at the beautiful setup you have there Penny! Oh my gosh I could spend every single day right out there on the front porch and never miss a single minute inside the house! You've created an absolutely gorgeous seating area that anyone would be hard pressed to want to leave!

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  37. This is so beautiful!! Love all the details! Thank you so much for sharing this :-)

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  38. Are the mason jar plates, pink handled cutlery and watercoloured placemats every lovely. Your tablescape would be perfect for a wedding brunch, so feminine fresh and pretty.

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  39. What an inviting space, just lovely! Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.

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  40. Such gorgeous paper plates and I love those Aqua glass jars

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  41. Your farmhouse table is just beautiful Penny! I love all of your touches and I'm sure there has been lots of lovely meals and laughs around your gorgeous table.

    Thank you for much for sharing your special table with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

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  42. What an adorable outdoor space. I love how you incorporated the paper plates for easy clean up, who doesn't need help with cleaning!
    Visiting from Waste Not Wednesday-
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Nancy Jeannette from www.ladyandthehouse.com

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