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Dining outdoors on the patio

Warm Summer days just invite warm evenings filled with
 laughing and lingering around the table outdoors

It's no secret that one of my favorite things to do in the Summer
is to entertain outdoors and enjoy those warm nights 
relaxing under the stars.

For me- something that is key with entertaining
 is a simple elegance

For this Summer inspired table setting
I decided to set up on the table on the pea gravel patio in the back yard
Our backyard has somewhat of a gentle slope
and is a mix of meadow, orchard and mountain forest 

There is a line of towering trees that are one of my favorite things about this area
 They create a soft visual divide from the small apple orchard area and the main part of the yard
and I just love the formal semi 'clipped hedge'  but informal look they lend

On the pea gravel patio sits an old weathered farm table 
complete with an uneven top and chipping paint 
Even so, it brings a lot of charm, especially when surrounded by soft gray chairs 
and covered with vintage bottles and bouquets of ranunculus
marching down it's center

Stacks of simple white plates and wine glasses gathered together
are waiting to be filled and enjoyed.

Do you eat artichokes? I know, it might be more a California thing but I love artichokes
For entertaining and for enjoying anytime. 
They are so simple to prepare and serve.
I kind of think of Artichokes  like avocados and fresh garlic 
 both of which, honestly, I could literally eat every day

Simple but charming- this little pea gravel patio will be getting a lot of use 
for entertaining and  enjoying everyday casual elegance
this Summer for sure

I am happy to be joining this great group of bloggers
who are all sharing some of their Summer time inspirations
each day this week
Stop by and see the inspired projects and decor that each of them are sharing

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  2. You are so right, the best thing in summer is dining and wining outside in the garden.

  3. Absolutely your table and the flowers are just wonderful!

  4. I love eating outdoors too, Courtney. Your setting it totally gorgeous!

  5. You pictures and your writing brought me right into your beautiful surroundings.....thank you :)

  6. courtney, what a beautiful spot for any meal of the day. gorgeous. happy summer.

  7. beautiful. Such a lovely elegant setting to share a meal. Hugs P.S. I invite you to share at my hop tomorrow.

  8. Courtney, when I come to your blog I feel like I am transported to a new world... old and romantic and perfect! I love your posts!

  9. This looks so inviting. What a lovely place to relax and enjoy friends and good food.

  10. Courtney, Your dining display is divine. The soft colors and the beautiful outdoor setting are so inviting. Thanks for sharing.

  11. What a beautiful outdoor space you've created, Courtney! A perfect setting to relax and enjoy with friends and family! Enjoy it this summer!

  12. This is beautiful. Perfectly dreamy.

    And I'm an artichoke lover, too.

  13. What a perfect set up! I love the the flowers, the table and the chairs, very pretty!

  14. I want to be there. NOW. Courtney, you had me at the peonies!! It's simply beautiful... and you make it look so effortless and relaxing!

  15. I'm not sure what I love more, your beautiful dining space, the beautiful flowers or your beautiful photography! Perfect combination!

  16. Just gorgeous, Courtney! I know you are the consummate hostess with the perfect spot for a get together! Thanks for joining us on the tour!

  17. hai un gusto sempre speciale! mi hai fatto venire voglia di un pranzo in giardino...

  18. Oh, this looks to be the perfect alfresco setting. The ranunculus are gorgeous. Makes me want to go buy a bouquet. '-)

  19. Your outdoor setting is beautiful picture

    can you believe I have never ate a raw fresh artichoke??

  20. What an amazing place to dine al fresco Courtney! Beautiful, romantic, Summer perfection!

  21. So beautiful and serene Courtney....can't think of a more gracious place to have an outdoor dinner!!...Love the artichokes!

  22. What a beautiful spot! I hope you get to entertain soon!

  23. You never fail to produce the most beautiful images! Thank you for some gorgeous table inspiration!!

  24. I share your love of artichokes, avocado, and fresh garlic! I also love your pea gravel patio and pretty outdoor dining space!

  25. Wow - what an amazing entertaining space you've created in that gorgeous, lush outdoors space of yours! Just stunning!

    :) Linda

  26. This is just so inviting, I just adore your table.... I would love for you to share it at the Home Sweet Garden Party!

    See the post here ---->>>


  27. The setting is so beautiful! So glad to be a part of the tour with you! :)

  28. Absolutely beautiful! Love the pea gravel, and that table is absolutely wonderful. You've styled it all so beautifully, too!

  29. I'm so in love with that ruffled lamp shade, please post the tutorial for it soon!

  30. In a word...STUNNING! Courtney you always mange to make the most simple pieces come together in a way that is truly elegant and so gorgeous. So fun being part of this series with you this week!

  31. So pretty, Courtney. Wish it was cool enough here to eat outside.

  32. Just beautiful - I've been trying to set up an outdoor dining room too - almost finished - would love have an apple orchard in the background though :)

  33. Such a beautiful summer dining set up. You always have the most beautiful arrangements!

  34. Beautiful, as always, Courtney!