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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Breakfast Alfresco Redux

I thought I'd re-post this so I can link it up to a new blog party that I heard of from Style Sisters.
It's the Weekend Porch and Garden Party, hosted by First a Dream.
Check it out and join in the fun!

After a couple of weeks of very hot weather that was also drenchingly humid, the humidity finally broke yesterday and we were rewarded with a pleasantly warm summer day with a nice cooling breeze.

Although today seems a bit warmer and slightly more humid, the earlier part of the morning was still cool enough to tempt me to have my breakfast outside.

The term alfresco literally means 'in the fresh air' or 'outdoors'. Dining alfresco in the summer is a delightful change, whether at a charming cafe or restaurant that has outdoor seating, picnic, BBQ or just in your own yard.

One of the large projects that Erik and I hope to do for next summer is put in a patio and pergola in this area. Right now, all I have is this little seating area with my Adirondack chairs and table that my father made in his woodworking shop (it's his favorite hobby now that he's pretty much retired). Behind the chairs are three very HUGE weigela bushes. I prune them every fall and spring, but they continue to get bigger and bigger. Unfortunately, they will have to be removed when we do the patio.
I set my little table with a lacy white table runner, and used some of my blue transferware. I also took the faux flower arrangement that was on the kitchen table and brought it outside.
A lovely muffin, fresh-baked, in a white paper liner with a sweet ruffle on the top. I found these Wilton ruffled cupcake liners at Michael's awhile ago.

Coffee in a pretty cup and saucer that was a recent find. I've also used my good Godinger flatware, and a pretty blue tea napkin.
I always have a little cream in my coffee; today I'm using my hand-blown crackle glass creamer jug that I bought at the old Jamestown settlement near Colonial Williamsburg,VA.  I'm also having another favorite breakfast treat of mine; yogurt with fresh fruit (blackberries today) with some honey to sweeten.
It's the perfect breakfast setting to sit and read a new issue of Victoria magazine.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an enjoyable start to your day!

I'll be joining these blog parties:
Summer Sundays with The Tablescaper
Tabletop Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Through Life
Tablescape Thursday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch


Mariette said...

Dearest Katie,

That was indeed a lovely Saturday start for having a breakfast 'al fresco'...
Such great things came from Italy, the country we worked and lived in for one year in the Venice area.
Your corner looks lovely! The new patio will be great for coming years when finalized.
Did I ever compliment you on the way you put above your blog: ABOUT US?
Let me do it now... That speaks highly of you, a person that is not Me, Me first and it speaks like a book about your marriage! Compliments. I've been corrected at times that I always say 'we' even if my husband Pieter is not with me. But he is, in my mind and in every part of me he's always there!

Have a great weekend and enjoy more al fresco breakfasts together! Love Victoria; read it too...


Anita said...

I so look forward to your posts because they are always so elegant. Breakfast looks lovely! Love your blue, of course. Maybe when the children are back in school, we will have those morning breakfasts outside and chat for a few hours over coffee. Beautiful!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

OH this is so pretty and inviting. Such a lovely setting and the muffin looks so good with the cream. Love the cool summer days when you can really enjoy being outside. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Bella said...

Hi Katie... Breakfast looks beautiful... all the blue is so fresh for a summers day! My weiglia bushes are monsters too, they will now be repressed!!
Did you know Kathy at a Delightsom Life has a Victoria inspired party? (http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com) You should join in!
Happy Saturday to you :-)

MrsReaux said...

I always knew I liked you K, but now I love you that I know you also share my love for Victoria magazine!

The Tablescaper said...

Oh such a lovely breakfast. I wish I could step through the screen! what a darling little table - wherever did you get it???

Thanks so much for being a part of "Summer Sundays".

- The Tablescaper

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Such a pretty setting, the colors are beautiful!

Marilyn said...

Yum, sounds good and a perfect setting. Lucky you to have a sharing, talented dad to create things for your garden. Good luck on the future project. ♥♫

Ellie said...

Oh, that looks delightful! Enjoy!

Deanne said...

Lovely setting,what a lovely spot for breakfast. I really want some Adirondack chairs in my garden.

Things That Inspire said...

Beautiful! This reminds me of the time when my husband and I stayed in a sweet bed and breakfast in Carmel by the Sea - we had breakfast on the balcony of our suite, and it looked very much like this!

Barbara said...

What a lovely spot! For us, we eat outside most of the year but not during the summer. I can't wait until it is cool enough again. I love the way the blue and white gives an instant relaxing, cool feeling. What a great way to enjoy breakfast.

Marlis said...

timeless, elegant, inviting.. I loved your corner!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So pretty -- a perfect spot of lovliness to sit and enjoy Victoria.

craftyles said...

What a beautiful setting. I want to sit and enjoy Victoria and sip tea in that spot. Really pretty!


Hi. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Just love, love your blog and your home. I will be back to keep reading.
I love old homes and would love to restore one and will love following yours. Keep posting pics! It is so beautiful! Beatiful breakfast tablescape! Love toile and blue and white!
~ Julie

Entertaining Women said...

I'm a blue and white girl from way back, so this vignette made me quite happy. I love your blend of transferware. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Mimi said...

What a nice quiet spot to enjoy your breakfast on pretty blue transferware!