Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Lunch

"For lo, the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth,
the time of singing has come."
                                              -- Song of Solomon

 Our first outdoor luncheon of the year was inspired by blooming red buds and a verdant pasture.
While birds sang in the tip-tops of trees,
my husband helped me carry the old plank table to the edge of the lawn.

Outdoor meals are magical, but they can give you a cardio-workout. All that toting back and forth can work up an appetite. As always, I take the easy route by loading the tableware and linen into big plastic dish tubs. The tubs go into Bandwidth's old red wagon.

Like my mother always says, "Nature is the best decorator."

The Hitchcock chairs were gifts from my mother and late father. They found the chairs in Perdido Key, Florida, and brought them home to Tennessee.

My husband got into the spirit of tablescaping today,
and he added wildflowers to the table's bottom rack.

He also brought petit fours from the grocery.

For a punch of color, I placed pink Easter candy inside the vase.

The white dishes are mixed patterns by American Atelier.

I found pink linen place mats at the local antique mall--six for $8.
The napkin rings came from Pottery Barn (ages ago).


Warm Romaine-Prosciutto Wraps
Garlic-Lemon Shrimp
Potato Bread
Lemon Pound Cake

Joe's Chicken Soup
Key Lime Pie

Flatbread Pizzas
Sliced Cantaloupe
Peanut Butter Bars

Grilled ham steaks
Country Tomato Salad
Raspberry Tart

Roasted Chicken with Pomegranates
Pecan-Pomegranate Dressing
Pomegranate Sorbet

Chicken Salad
Fruit Cups
Homemade Crackers
Peanut Butter Cookies

I'm delighted to participate in Stone Gable's On The Menu Monday
and Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday.

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  1. What a pretty setting for a meal or just something to drink and good company. The pastel green and pink definitely says Spring. You two make a great decorating team. :D
    Your menu looks yummy!

  2. Beautiful Michael! I love the green and pink, looks like a great spot for a leisurely meal:@)

  3. You create magic. I am sitting here looking at this amazing post with tears in my eyes.

    I am in awe of your creativity, your talent for design, your (yes and I am even jealous) of your photography skills.

    LOOK at what you have done here - and be proud. Because I sure am proud of you. WOW, you just completely blew me away with this one, lady.

    Whew. And your husband is so danged cute with the petite fours and the wildflowers, it was like a cherry on top of the perfect sundae on Sunday.

    Perfect in every way possible.

    You win.

  4. With that setting, I would be content with a Big Mac, small fries and a coke. Swoon. I LOVE those wreath chargers, and how they have lichen on them. Where oh where did you find them. Me wants! :)

  5. What a beautiful setting...and table! Anything would taste good here...

    I once taught a class on Table of the students' comments said just that..."when the table is set with such love, anything...even Kraft Mac and Cheese...would taste good." She is so right!

  6. Michael, Your al fresco table is farm fresh and so beautiful! Simple yet detailed, I love everything from the simple floral arrangement so tastefully done to the colorful napkins to the wreaths used as chargers. And you know I have so many things on that table... the napkin rings, the plates, even the wreath... I just picked up one a couple of weeks ago. Don't we have good taste!
    It is all so lovely... but the setting is stunning!

  7. Your photos are as pretty as a painting! Just wonderful!

  8. Such a pretty spring setting. I'd be thrilled to be dining at this cheerful spot. Love the soft pastel colors and the touch of nature.

  9. Love everything about this setting. The table, the dishes and that gorgeous view! hugs, Linda

  10. What a beautiful setting. I adore your Hitchcock chairs. We had a set for years, but I cringed when a large man sat in them. They were somewhat fragile and I always worried about them.

  11. Oh I LOVE your farm house table set by the fence! What a gorgeous setting... *dreamy sigh of contentment*

    The Peeps in the vase make me smile :)

  12. There is just something about the gloss and shine of china and glassware against the back drop of nature's textures that always draws me in. Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Michael -- your photos are always awe-inspiring. I;d love to dine in that setting :)


  14. You drowned the marshmallow peeps. WAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! :)

  15. You could serve anything at that table and it would be awesome. I can hear chirping birds.

  16. Hi Michael Lee! What a beautiful outdoor setting! You're so good. Wish I could come see you! :)
    I'd even wash the dishes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  17. So lovely! If the food was as good as the view, it was a fabulous lunch. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Great table. Those napkins are amazing and I love the Peep bunnies in the vase. So cute.

    - The Tablescaper

  19. Gorgeous table, gorgeous view...I so love the Hitchcock chairs...Yes, your mother is so right...Nature is the best decorator..and looks like you learned from the best!

  20. How did you anchor those marshmellow bunnies in the bottom of your vase? So cute!

  21. Hi Michael Lee, Your hubby is so sweet to add his special touch to your pretty table. I'm sure he was proud of his contributions! And those little bunnies in the vase are just so clever--I'm definitely borrowing that idea! Your chicken and pomegranate sounds intriguing. I would like to try that! Linda

  22. So beautiful! The setting is just extradordinary as a background. Everything on the table is just perfect. The pink and green are spring for sure!


  23. Michael Lee, your setting is just serene...I want to be right there as a guest at that gorgeous table!!

  24. I featured this post in my Misc. Finds Monday post here:

    Colletta :)