Early Spring Outdoor Entertaining

 french chairs lanterns outdoor entertaining

We have been reveling in the glorious weather that is early spring here in southern Florida and since we fully know that within the next couple of weeks the windows will all be closed up again and the a/c on...right now spending time outdoors is a daily goal! 

French ironstone plates

Enough so that my darling Mr. doesn't seem to mind dragging chairs out from the house when we have a few friends over on occasion to eat al fresco. We do have patio chairs and they are from Restoration Hardware and comfy...but why not mix things up and bring the indoors out! 

Antique ironstone plates

My favorite old French ironstone plates sitting on top of the everyday white dinnerware are mixed with antique silver and some favorite vintage lace napkins.

rustic french style table with zinc

The linen covered chairs have a French feel and the tone of that RH outdoor table just seem to make for a nice marriage of refined and rustic...

al fresco eating with flowers

We set up for a dinner outside under the palm trees just around what we call "the golden hour", so of course the photographer in me had to grab my camera and take a few shots...

restoration hardware table

This area of our garden is partially shaded and I love how the light softly shines through the trees producing that beautiful bokeh. Right behind our property is a waterway, and sometimes we eat down there as well

I grabbed my garden clippers when I set up the table and snipped some ferns and other plants that grow as ground cover. Some white roses in a French zinc pitcher and a couple of glasses that I "borrowed" from a hotel where we stayed a couple of years ago in Avignon. I don't think that they would mind:~}}

photo with bokeh

The lanterns are filled with candles and the twinkle lights in the trees will come on automatically at dusk since they are solar powered...

french country style dining

This is how I love to live and truth be told if I had my way (and a lot more in the wallet) I would be living in the country and not in the shadows of the big city of Miami. Somewhere that the seasonal changes could be felt more and outdoor living was possible for more than just a month. But this is home and we take advantage of the days that we can be outside, and the evenings.

outdoor entertaining with rustic fern garland

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antique french sofa diy reupholstery

I have so much to share coming up soon with you, including my office reveal {sneak peek} and the projects, a great sponsored giveaway, a trip coming up next weekend and the reopening of the website pop up shop for March! But for now...

Today I'm joining in with some very talented design bloggers to bring you some ideas to jump start your spring style! Please visit them all for lots of beauty and inspiration.