Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tablescape Thursday: Bohemian Chic

Our garden is still a work in progress. In fact, Scott brought home several more plants today which I'll have to make room for tomorrow. But, even though it's not quite finished, and still things aren't quite blooming, I thought it'd be a great day to set up a garden dinner tablescape for Tablescape Thursdays hosted by the always delightful, Susan of Between Naps on the Porch. When you're all done here - make sure to go over and visit the other delightful tablescapes that shared today. For now, enjoy what I like to call: Bohemian Chic.

I literally set this up in about 35 minutes. The idea of having a lovers dinner in the backyard filled my mind with a fury of ideas that I just had to get out or I thought I'd explode. I took bamboo that I had filling a vase in the sunroom and jute to make a nomadic tent-type structure. The drapes are from our dining room, used last fall. With a little effort, this was an easy project for one person to do. It helped that with a Bohemian theme, it didn't have to be perfect.

I purchased several yards of this medallion fabric to use for a Moroccan themed dinner party this summer. After hiding in the basement for a few months, I thought it a good time to introduce it to it's new surroundings. What do you think?

Seating consisted of a great Turkish kilim and two kilim covered floor cushions. I draped each with a Pashmina shawl in case it got a little chilly after dark. Candles and plants in mismatched planters and burlap rags filled the rest of the make-shift dining room. Even Earl showed up. He's a light eater.

The bamboo silverware made it's appearance again while the white ironstone took center stage atop the woven chargers. A sweet chardonnay and strawberries made the perfect appetizer for the lucky bohemians.

I purchased the Moroccan lantern a couple of years ago and it had found its way to a bathroom closet. (Odd - I know.) I happened to find it a few days ago, and thought - what a better time than now to use it? A tea light candle was all it took to have that warm amber glass fill the area with an ambient glow.

Brass candlesticks held thin white taper candles which helped to pull in the beauty of the white ironstone. The sage green linens worked so well with the garden greens surrounding the table, and I think that the astromeria tucked between the plate and the charger provided the perfect pop of color and scent before dinner.


A brass firewood bucket held purple salvia while antique brass balls found their way into the space between the wood and metal lanterns. A soft and romantic tablescape with a very bohemian feeling - I felt quite at home here.

What about you? Enjoy your Thursday, and make sure to check out the other beautiful Tablescapes at Susan's blog! And come back to Color Outside the Lines for more pictures of my garden, and others as we take part in "SHARE A GARDEN SUNDAYS!" See you then!