Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Beach Party in the Mountains: Outdoor Wednesday


I'm happy to participate in Outdoor Wednesday this week. Check out Susan's blog, (http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com), A Southern Daydreamer) for a list of bloggers who are sharing their wonderful outdoors.
Today, I'm back on the side porch with a beachy tablescape. Shall we go outside?
I've made a tablescape for two--again.
Since I live on a hilltop that overlooks a pond, not an ocean, I decided to create my own beach with an all white theme.
The dishes are vintage...and the shells came from Big Lots.


White tablecloth + shells = beach
You have to really use your imagination here. :-)
Let's pretend the twig flatware is really coral.
For dessert, white chocolate starfish, complete with brown sugar sand.


(P.S. We lost internet service today for a while--an electrical surge zapped our router--so if I go missing, it means the temporary router failed. The new part should be here Thursday.)

60 comments:

  1. No matter what the theme... a table for two is always romantic...

    have a beautiful time out on the side porch... Dixie

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  2. Looks like the beach to me! I can dream also. Sally

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  3. This looks like a magazine layout! Beautiful and beachy! Luanne

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  4. Gollum, that is a lovely beach table, and your view! It's magnificent. With a view like that you can dream the beach is there, and that beautiful French door and handsome ballustrade could easlily be a door and masonry ballustrade on the terrace of Viscaya, overlooking Biscayne Bay.

    I'm on my own little private mental beach this week, and I'm well into the book and LOVING IT! Oh, it is SO good. More later, but I'm going to request some of the others (in hardback) for my birthday this summer from Mr. Magpie. They are perfect to read any season!

    Here's hoping your router is working again soon. I had started a post for Friday, but I have to drive to Cecelia's dance recital. So I will have to catch up with y'all on another Friday.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  5. Crisp and clean, very nice! CHEERS! Michele

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  6. Happy Outdoor Wednesday Gollum! I just told my husband I was going to your place for vacation! I am easy to entertain.. I would have fun riding the tractor! Plus, maybe I would get a peek at the new book!
    Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

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  7. Yikes your deck area and the view beyond makes me think of an English estate!! What a gorgeous setting you have...

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  8. In MY mind's eye, this is as pretty a beach as I've ever seen!!
    As always, you have a winner here!
    xo bj

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  9. What a great tablescape! I love the all white beachy look :)

    All the best,
    Allison

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  10. Great Job!!!!love the beach theme...thanks for sharing...Pat H

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  11. Your deck and the lawn look divine. Ocean, lake or stream, I love being near water. Everything looks very elegant.

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  12. I love your little slice of beach right there on the porch! As always, simply beautiful tablescape and pics!

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  13. I am loving this scene. I will be at the beach in two weeks. So I'll dream here with you at your table setting for now. Love all the white. And the coral flatware is to die for. LOL

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  14. It looks beautiful Gollum! Even the plates have a pretty scallop like shells do.

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  15. I wish so much the new book was out so I could take it on vacation with me! Now, this is the MOST beautiful, calming "beach" table I have ever seen! SOOOO classy! I love the ABSENCE of color!!! You did it right, GF! As you always do!! I am always in awe of you.................... Hugs, xoxox, Pinky

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  16. We go to the beach every July and you have created a scene that rivals our visits!!!

    Wonderful details...the tablecloth, shells...everything is lovely!!!

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful outdoors!!!

    Have a wonderful OW!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  17. What a fabulous view. I don't know if I would ever come indoors.

    Love the new look of your blog as well.

    Happy OW!

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  18. So beautiful! I love the picture of the shells on the white tablecloth! Such pretty land! God Bless! Lauralu :)

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  19. What lovely pictures your table is set so pretty and what a view. Happy ODW

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  20. Love it...looks very beachy to me..If you need shells, I get them for free...give a holler..not tropical, just Long Island!

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  21. Lovely beach party and place setting. I love living near the beach, but being in the flat lands, I wouldn't mind seeing a hill now and then!

    amy@maisonbelle

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  22. I love your new 'summery' look! You have a lovely patio - with beach or without ;)

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  23. Your beach tablescape is beautiful and your mountain view lovely, relaxing and so perfect! The all white is very elegant and romantic.:-)
    I just read 'Mermaids in the Basement' last month and enjoyed it very much. While in VA I even had my Mr. B drive me to the Outer Banks of NC to see Nags Head, two weeks ago! The Ocean was not happy on that day and it was quite cold. We ate a t a place called, 'Awful Arthurs'!
    But I could picture the house and the beach just the way your wrote about it. I truly enjoyed the read and your talent very much.
    I do hope your burns have healed!

    Beth~♥

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  24. would so love to share a cup of coffee on that beautiful porch with you!

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  25. * Oh Michael, THAT is a TWENTY STAR TABLECLOTH!!! It's absolutely STUNNING!!! I can't keep my eyes off of it, as WELL as how totally beautiful EVERYTHING looks~~~ yes, definitely "mazagine worthy"!

    The surroundings that bless you all are so worthy of any and all praise they may render! "W*O*W"!!!!!!

    Love,
    Linda

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  26. Hi Gollum
    Loved the table and I am almost certain I heard the ocean while sitting at your lovely table. Actually who needs the ocean, you have plenty of beauty in your very own backyard. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.
    ~Maryrose~

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  27. Absolutely charming! Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

    Barb

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  28. This is just lovely. So simple in color but rustic and elegant all rolled into one. This might be one of my fave tablescapes you have done. Thx for putting this together for us. It was just for us wasn't it?

    LOL

    Hugs, Barb

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  29. With a view like that, who needs the ocean, but I do think you brought it to your table. Lovely. laurie

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  30. Beautiful beach table Gollum, love all the white. Happy Wednesday, Kathy.

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  31. This is a beautiful view that doesn't need a beach at all!! Yet, your pretty table fits in.

    Wonderful OW post! :-)

    Jane

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  32. A lovely beach table -- and who cares if you're overlooking a pond instead of the ocean -- it's still water!

    We on the prairie think of water as ponds or lakes --

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  33. Oh, Gollum, it takes no imagination whatsoever to feel this beach vibe. Fresh, crisp, sandy, perfectly lovely. Who needs the ocean? This alternative works!

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  34. Everything is so pretty, and those white chocolate starfish must be so yummy*! _Ashley ~

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  35. Great Idea. I'm not far from the beach but sometimes getting there is more stressful than I can handle so I do the same...set up outside and white with sea shells is a great idea. Love the blog design.

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  36. I want a big lots.
    Your tablescapes are stunning.

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  37. What can I say.... just beautiful!! You are a very talanted lady & I wish you were my neighbor, lol.

    Jennifer

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  38. No need to pretend; it's perfect! White is always a staple color on any beach or water side locations. Its crisp and fresh, like any good watering hole... ;-)

    Thanks for sharing your pics!

    Happy OW!

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  39. Really lovely and your tablecloth looked like the sand.

    The Raggedy Girl

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  40. I can feel the inviting sea breeze from here. What a lovely spot to enjoy a gracious meal for two.
    Cathy

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  41. I love the porch and it's view, and your table for two is so pretty. Don't remember if I told you - I went to Le Fleur few weeks. That place could do some serious damage to my bank account.:-)
    Glenda

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  42. You have created a lovely sanctuary for your family. It is a lovely space and I for one could hear the woosh of lapping waves. Have a wonderful day.

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  43. Yes, a very pretty table and the shells look so creamy but I'm just hooked on your view...loverly!

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  44. Very fun tablescape you have made.

    Makes one want to "do lunch".

    Have a fab Wednesday!

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  45. You always set a lovely table. I like that banner too! Very fresh and clean and appealing. Hope you're having a wonderful day in your tranquil yard on this Outdoor Wednesday.
    Brenda

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  46. You have quite the elegant blog going on here! This is my first visit and for sure I'll return.

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  47. Your outdoor table for two looks SO inviting! The white tablecloth flows so beautifully, and the beach accents add so nicely to the ambience, It would be a great spot to linger for hours enjoying that lovely view!!
    Very nice job!
    Thanks for sharing it!
    Sherri:)

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  48. Dreamy, Ms. Gollum --simply dreamy.
    I'd beach farm anytime!
    xo isa

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  49. Oh so pretty! I would love to have a porch -- maybe someday *sigh* and what a spectacular view!

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  50. I only live 25 minutes from the beach and I pronounce this absolutely perfect in every way! I can picture this very setting on a balcony overlooking the ocean. With your view you have the best of two worlds!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
    Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

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  51. I don't know if it's the sunshine, which is always a distraction to us Northwesters. It's so fleeting.
    I am having so much trouble concentrating on blogging(sunshine and menopause a dangerous mix). I barely made the DB "rose is a rose" event. Hopefully I can focus on this weeks.

    I could have sworn I saw seagulls fly over your gorgeous seascape. I have to say... I adored the white chocolate starfish with brown sugar. They were the piece de resistance.

    Love the new look too!

    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  52. How beautiful, artisitc and inspirational ... just a huge feast for the eyes! Love your blog!

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  53. I have a good imagination and it surely looks like the beach to me. Beautiful tablescape and I love the starfish pastries!...Christine

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  54. Oh I love this! The twig flatware is a favorite of mine. Looks just amazing.
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  55. Love the starfish and shells...lovely beachy theme. Well done! ~~Rhonda

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  56. Gorgeous pics...they take my breath away! The tablecloths almost look like sand under the shells. Love this! Susan

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  57. Wow ... This tablescape is just beautifu1!

    Jane

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