Alfresco Dining - The Romance Edition

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Hello ya'll!
So glad to be a participant in the Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop,
hosted by Chloe, of Celebrate & Decorate!
...and I'm even more excited you stopped by for a visit, Welcome!

If you've been following the Blog Hop this week,
wouldn't you agree, they certainly have all been a real treat,
 ...lots of  creativity and fabulous'ness!
And what better backdrop for dining
 than God's beautiful creation, the outdoors!

I've assembled several alfresco-style tablescapes this summer,
but I do believe, this is my favorite!

Maybe 'cause it's one that could be shared with my sweetie, Mr. Ramblings! intimate setting for two, in a secluded back corner of our yard.

I've discovered the way to my man's heart... 
good food, by one of his favorite old Chevys.
What a recipe for romance... got to keep it alive!  ;)

The vintage china, below, was the inspiration for the romantic dinner for two.
(Noritake, Azalea Pattern)

Brought out the Noritake Sweet Swirl Stems, part of our wedding china.

Sweet, airy arrangements of white spider mums, pink roses, baby's breath,
and asparagus fern in delicate antique vases make my heart happy!

Pineapples... a southern staple! 

Antlers lend a rustic feel to the otherwise feminine tablesetting.
Got to add just a smidge of manliness to the mix!

A thrifted find chandie is ready to be lit when the sun starts to fade!

After almost 24 years {and children},
it's stolen moments away alone that are both precious and special!
...and often rare!

Thanks for dropping by!
We're only halfway through the Blog Hop,
so be sure to check out the other tablescapes on slate for the week,
from a collection of very talented bloggers!

And a big thanks to Chloe,
for creating and organizing the event!
It's been fun, and a pleasure to be a part of!

Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop:


Sharing Post At:
Poofing the Pillows - Thoughts of Home
My Thrift Store Addiction - Vintage Charm
24 Cottonwood Lane - Best of the Weekend
Rustic & Refined - Dishing It & Digging It
Dwellings - Amaze Me Monday
Between Naps on The Porch - Met Monday
Coastal Charm - Show & Share
StoneGable - The Scoop
Our Home Away From Home - Tuesdays at Our Home
The Dedicated House - Make It Pretty Monday
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesday
DIY By Design - Sizzle Into Summer
Katherine's Corner - Thursday Favorite Things
Between Naps on the Porch - Tablescape Tuesday
McCall Manor - Your Inspired Design


  1. Rhonda, this is absolutely perfect! What a great mix of masculinity and femininity. You thought of everything! Mr. Ramblings is a lucky man! I love the Chevy, the chandelier, your dishes and even the salt/pepper shakers are gorgeous. Wishing you 24 more years of happiness!!! Kim @ CoziNest

  2. Rhonda, this is absolutely perfect! What a great mix of masculinity and femininity. You thought of everything! Mr. Ramblings is a lucky man! I love the Chevy, the chandelier, your dishes and even the salt/pepper shakers are gorgeous. Wishing you 24 more years of happiness!!! Kim @ CoziNest

  3. Lovely tablescape Rhonda. The chevy looks like it fits right in. Your china is beautiful, down to the smallest accessories. Love the hanging chandie! A perfect blend of masculine and feminine. The pineapple is also a great addition, meaning friendship. Happy blog hopping.

  4. Oh goodness Rhonda, I love the truck! and the chandy! and the long flowing table cloth! and the dining room chairs! It's all too fabulous, the elegant elements mixed with nature's beauty and your vintage china...sigh, it's magic!

  5. Rhonda, I love your setting...the truck is just so perfect! I love the romantic table for two and the chandy sets it off beautifully! What man would not be thrilled with this fabulous spot in his own back yard!!!!

  6. Oh Rhonda! Love everything about it. The white table cloth draped over the ground, the roses, the beautiful china, the chandelier. And that old Chevy. You can't get much more romantic than that! Gorgeous!

  7. Rhonda, love the mix you put together by the Chevy for this tablescape! Like you, I like a little mix of masculine/feminine - and vintage! I have those Azalea dishes! They're very pretty, and date from the 1930s. It's so fun being a part of Chloe's blog hop and seeing all the different, inspiring interpretations of tables and outdoor dining. Yours is a great one!
    Rita C at Panoply

  8. Oh my, this is so beautiful, it looks like a magazine shoot! I love the vintage vibe of the truck! It also ads such a nice soft blue out in nature. I bet it is perfect if you light that chandelier after dark! I always love when you use indoor furniture, like your elegant chairs out in nature, it is such an amazing contrast! A white tablecloth always says a special meal is upon you! Thank you so much for being a part of the Tablescape Blog Hop!

  9. I think you get the award (so far) for the most unique background to your alfresco tablescape! Love the colour of the truck and how you contrasted it beautifully with the pink roses and china. The antlers on the table provide a wonderful masculine contrast that ties in with the truck. The setting in the wooded area is also perfect. This Alfresco Blog Hop is terrific as I've so enjoyed seeing how people dine outdoors and my visit here has been so rewarding!

  10. Your sweet table is so romantic. Love the Chevy truck too. I like the addition of inside tables to your outside table vignette. Very elegant.

  11. Your alfresco dining background is wonderful! I love,love the old chevy and of course the chandelier is fabulous too.
    Your table is beautiful and the entire setting is wonderfully romantic as well!

  12. Rhonda, I'm not sure which I love the most: your beautiful china, the chandelier or the blue Chevy tailgate. What a lovely setting for a dinner just for two.

  13. I am totally in love with this post! the truck is a perfect touch, I want that truck!The location you chose is perfect! amazing tablescape.

  14. I absolutely love the juxtaposition of your lovely tablescape next to the chevy! Just brilliant!! And what a pretty table it is. It certainly says romance... :-)

  15. Rhonda, I'm telling you rock each and every blog post!! Seriously, this is awesome.

  16. I agree, what better backdrop than God's creation. Pinning your table. It looks dreamy and romantic with the pretty flowers, unique candles and romantic chandie. And his favorite truck in the background.Your dining chairs add a perfect touch too. I love your tablescape.

  17. The tablescape is a surprise elegance. I love the soft romantic elements of the floral dinnerware, chandelier, fresh flowers under a beautiful shaded tree with candlelight. The deer antler and pick up truck really adds some surprise masculine elements and really adds a contrasting interest. So unexpected, but so much more of an impact. Strong and soft at the same time. Beautifully done.

  18. Rhonda -
    What a beautiful setting and how ideal to juxtaposition those lovely tabletop items to that adorable Chevy. I'm so touched to see that china pattern, as my grandmother had it too. (I don't know what happened to it, by the way.) I hope that the evening was all you had hoped, and that you made a beautiful memory.

  19. Are you serious about that truck!? WOW!!! Love it all, I'd love to get cozy there!

  20. What a lovely tablescape! The setting is so romantic and picturesque. Each element is so charming and they play so well together. And the truck? Perfection!

  21. Rhonda, alfresco settings are always special, but you've taken this one steps beyond. Love the cozy spot under the trees, the classic truck, the chandy, and all the pretty details of the table. Well done!

  22. Rhonda, I have never seen anything so gorgeous. Your photos whisked me away from a hard summer, into a place where charm and magic bring joy. All I can say is, You had me at hello.

  23. This is such a get away! I love the old chevy truck. Your tablescape sets the scene for such a romantic table for two.

  24. I just love this little glimpse into what feels like a secret and intimate party! I love your addition of fun elements such as the antlers and the backdrop of the old Ford. I adore the placemats! Just a beautiful job! It's been so fun hopping with you this week!

    1. That would be the imaginary Ford and the actual Chevy! Not enough coffee this morning ;)

  25. Hi Rhonda the hosts of Thoughts of Home on Thursday are planning something fabulous and wanted to include you. Could you please send me your email address? I couldn't find any contact info on your site. Happy Sunday!

  26. Rhonda, I adore your romantic tablescape and your fabulous truck! Thank you for always sharing such beautiful inspiration at Vintage Charm!Pinning!

  27. How lovely and romantic! I particularly love that china pattern and the beautiful pink lisianthus in your floral arrangements.

  28. Oops, I stand corrected, the pink roses. :-)

  29. How romantic! Especially love the chandelier hanging from the tree.

  30. I am back to take another look at your charming tablescape. How creative you use the truck and the background is lovely. We are pleased you are sharing this lovely tablescape at DI&DI.

  31. Love this post! Pinned and Facebooked, too :)

  32. So pretty, Rhonda! Love the chandie! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend!

  33. Oh just doesn't get any better than this! The old Chevy is the perfect backdrop!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!


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