Tablescape ~ Dinner in the Garden!

I'm wondering if you can imagine my GLEE at the prospect of taking our first dinner of the year out in the French garden

Tomorrow we're due for more sprinkles, but today was in the 70's so I grabbed the opportunity to set this spur-of-the-moment table and enjoy the weather.

Nothing fancy ~ I kept everything simple.

The little black metal bistro table works out perfectly for two~
Most of the early daffodils have passed, but the tulips are just coming into bloom so I snipped a couple for the table so we could enjoy them up close.

A most treasured gift from a dear friend.
My heart skips a beat everytime I look at it.

The tablecloth is by April Cornell, napkins by Ralph Lauren.
Bubble wine glasses; Target, flatware Amazon, Woven chargers;
Big Lots (some time ago), Portuguese cabbage plates by Bordallo Pinheiro; TJ Maxx.
Napkin rings;
Sur la Table.

Bottle ~ old apothecary collectible.

I'm sending a huge bouquet of thanks to our dear host of
Tablescape Thursdays, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Please click the logo above to visit Susan's blog and see all of this weeks participants.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!


  1. I really enjoy April Cornell prints. How lovely to be able to set the table outside. Everything looks so inviting!

  2. An outside table is always so delightful!! What a charming setting for a wonderful gathering!


  3. Oh it would be wonderful to be able to eat outside so soon!
    It looks lovely, Mary!

  4. Wish that I could be dining outdoors-but the snow won't go away! Gorgeous table!

  5. Beautiful!!! What a delightful way to enjoy a great meal.

    Happy Spring to you.

  6. Great table outdoors. I love the bubble glasses. I have seen them at Target and haven't gotten around to purchasing them. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mari, YOur table is garden perfect! Oh, I love the colors you used. Browns, ivory and green. You have blended them so perfectly. Your napkins make me weak in the knees! Everything is fabulous!

  8. You have set a lovely table. The first of many for the coming seasons I am sure.
    Glad you could enjoy the weather. We managed a few hours on our deck this week too. Yay spring.

  9. HI Mari, we had our first dinner outside on our deck the other night too! Such a pleasure to be out there in April!! Your table is exquisite, as usual! XO, Pinky

  10. What a gorgeous table setting. I love the green water goblets and your flatware...I think I may have commented on your flatware before! Just love it!

  11. This is just so refreshing!

    I just want to sit there and drink in the sunshine and the fresh Spring air;just lovely, so pretty!

    Please pop by for a visit..,

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

  12. speaks of Springtime...just beautiful! Tulips and Daffodils...
    makes me smile..

  13. This is so charming done outside on the bistro table!! I love the green bubble glasses and the tulips and all of it! WONDERFUL!

    Hugs, Lana

  14. Beautiful! I wouldn't even have to eat. Just sit there and drink in all that beautiful and serenity.

  15. Love the table and the setting is just perfect!
    xoxo pattie

  16. Looks great, very inviting!

  17. Lovely! Your post today warms my heart as we wait for spring. Thank you for sharing.


  18. C'est très joli..Everything:)♥

    We've snacked a lunch outside..that's it so far..oh and HD's at Easter:)

    You are so good at this Mary~

  19. I just love this time of year, when you can get out into the garden to eat. You've set a very pretty table. And I love the picture of the inside of the tulip. They are one of my very favorite flowers.

  20. Beautiful tablescape Mary. I love how you "water coloured" the last photo.

  21. Beautiful dinner in the garden.

    We haven't had a meal on the back porch, yet. I think it's beginning to be warm enough though.

    Love this post!

  22. Very nice. I love the green glasses and the napkins and ... and ...
    I love all details, its realy nice.

  23. That is so beautiful! Love those colors and the photography!!! Yay Spring and dining al fresco again!

  24. Oh, those tulips are such a gorgeous color! They really pop on your serene and elegant table. Love those green stemmed glasses!

  25. How pretty! I need to do this sometime:)

  26. Mary - Such a beautiful table you set and what a perfect setting in the garden. We have been eating outside as well but with Sara climbing on everything now I have no time to take pics. We have been in the 80's for a few days now and it's so pleasant to eat out - I think it makes the food even taste better ;-)
    p.s. I asked hubby if we could get some chickens in the yard and he said no I will need to come visit your blog often to get my baby chick fix..although fresh eggs would be so nice each morning.Sighhh

  27. Love it! This is beautiful. I really enjoy your blog...the recipes and the wonderful photos. I have especially enjoyed all the chick pics lately. My husband and I dream of one day having chickens. What fun!

  28. So charming garden table!!!


  29. Stunning!

    Love the coziness and the calmness.

    Great job & happy TS...

  30. i'm pretty sure that's the most enchanting table set up i have ever seen in my life.

    oh my goodness, i am jealous i didn't dine there. living in the dorm now seems even more depressing!

    love your blog! love your pictures! love you!

    haha, keep up the amazing work :)

    <3 meaghan @

  31. So beautiful and serene, Mari. You've transported me to your garden with your gorgeous photography. I'm there!

  32. How refreshing to look at your garden table! I love all the green, and the tulip red accent!

  33. Wow! This looks amazing. Very, very, pretty.

  34. I Just love your pics. This is such a pretty little spot!


  35. Oh so beautiful...
    I really love the is stunning!
    I wish I could sew!

  36. Hi Mari,

    Your table is so lovely - garden dining is one of my very favorite ways to enjoy any meal. Your tulips and crocuses look absolutely perfect and our woven jacquard cloth gives just the right weight for an early spring day. I just know you'll love our jacquards this season. One of my favorites is the Papillon Jade - looks great with an embroidered cotton cloth over top:

    Thank you for sharing such a pretty tablescape!


  37. I always enjoy seeing your lovely tables!
    Very beautiful!

  38. A sun-dappled meal out of doors is always so restorative and your beautiful table makes it more so. Please stop by when you have some time. -- Jane F.

  39. This is lovely -- I especially love the last picture!

  40. Your table is stunning. I'm a city dweller, so especially love the outdoor setting. I'm curious about the wonderful picture at the end and how you created it!

  41. I don't know where to start with telling you how much I love this! Every single touch is just gorgeous to me. I could sit at that table and bask in it's beauty for hours. I was sad to read you got those chargers a long time ago as I do love those. Thanks for telling us where everything came from and for sharing this beauty with us!


  42. Love this style, I have those cabbage dishes, love them, so simple and elegant at the same time.

    I really like the natural rantan/wicker charger showcasing the cabbage plate. Nice!! I'm so partial to ivy, love the look.

    Good job!

  43. Beautiful! Love your gorgeous pics! Your napkin rings from Sur La Table work so well with your BL cool is that!

  44. Absolutely beautiful! Dinner in the garden looks like the perfect spot. Your photos are amazing. Thank you for sharing this delight.

  45. Just beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing, and I am a new follower. Cheers, Lia


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