Monday, September 7, 2015

Watermelon Tablescape II

Watermelon:  Sweet . . . juicy . . . yummy. . . what's not to love about this quintessential summer fruit?

And, not only is the fruit delicious, but the color palette that it evokes is so, so summery!  This is my second watermelon tablescape.  I cannot get enough of this fruit, and I love these colors! Click here to take a peek at my earlier post.

I was inspired to try making this centerpiece by some fabulous bloggers:  Michael Lee of Rattlebridge Farms, and Mary of Home is Where the Boat Is.  Please stop by to see their wonderful creations!  You'll know in an instant why I was so enthralled.

Most of the flowers came from Costco, but the hydrangea came from my very own garden!  We just planted them last year, and these came from our very first crop!  Aren't they beautiful?

I added some Queen Anne's Lace, picked up from an empty, undeveloped lot not far from our house.  I always look forward to the appearance of this wild flower.  It's so delicate looking, and makes a great filler for arrangements.  It also helps mark the passing of time.  I know when I begin to spot them that we are in full summer!

All that fruit MUST be put to use.  It would be awful to discard so much deliciousness!  So, one thing that immediately came to mind was . . . MOJITOS!  And I have just the recipe, thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch!

A salad was also an easy (as all summer cooking ought to be) addition to the menu.  This one was composed of field greens, watermelon, Feta cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette.  The salty Feta cheese was perfect on this salad, especially for those, like my huband, who always salt their watermelon.

I should have stayed away from Tenley's everything-must-go-before-I-move-to-Florida-sale.  The cute watermelon salad bowls just begged to come home with me.  What could I do?

We had some unexpected guests show up at the luncheon, but they were so cute and friendly we allowed them to make themselves right at home . . .  What's summer anyway, without a few fluttery friends?

Pink ruled the day, from the petunias growing next to the deck . . .

To the lovely gerbera daisies in the centerpiece . . .

To the pillows that I borrowed from the Living Room sofa . . .

It's not too late to enjoy more watermelon this summer.  Enjoy it while it lasts!  I'm going back for a little more . . .



I love your gorgeous setting and the photography is amazing... magazine worth!
Que lindo verte por aqui amiga querida. Espero que vos y todos en tu casa esten muy bien.
Yes, looks like Summer is almost over but I'm sure the weather is great yet. The flowers are simply gorgeous! Pink is the best and love your pillows from your LR too.
Enjoy the last minutes of Summer and the last bite of watermelon.
Have a blessed week.

Nicki said...

Absolutely beautiful at every turn and in every detail. Bravo!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

You've so inspired me, Maria, to get goin' and be creative! Love, love, love your watermelon post--the flowers (and vessel!!), your bowls, your salad, but what makes this table a standout in my book is the tablecloth--it brings everything together because of the contrast! Not sure I would've thought of that on my own... :( Oh--and your hydrangea is beautiful! They're a great addition to any yard, because they're so "usable"!

Also visited your Chicago in White fun!! I've read about the French version and always thought it would be so pretty and romantic. What a fun evening that must've been!

Thanks for stopping by my screened porch post--I hope to have you and our hubbies out there sometime soon. :) ~Zuni

Barb said...

It is all so very pretty!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Maria, I do remember your last watermelon table and I just revisited it. I love those cupcake papers and the napkins too. But the flowers on this table are just so amazingly gorgeous!!!! Yes, Mary and Michael Lee have inspired me so many times and set me to dreaming about things I should do. Now you are inspiring me too. It's still summer and the watermelons are at the markets. I must try the salt on the watermelon idea! My mom always salted her apples. I do love the combo of feta cheese and watermelon. Maria you have really set one of your best tables ever, and there are so many wonderful ones. The light in the photo with the glasses and the pitcher is incredible. It's almost like a painting. Well now I'm really craving a slice of watermelon and a mojito doesn't sound too bad either! Linda

patio garden furniture said...

Every detail is gorgeous. And the photography is amazing! Everything is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

memorial garden benches said...

Every detail is gorgeous! Pink flowers are so pretty.
I love it. Your photos are amazing!


Gracias mil querida amiga Maria. So happy to hear from you, you are so sweet amiguita mia.
Hope all is well with you and your handsome and achieved men.

Abrazos grandes,

xinex said...

I love your watermelon table, Maria. It looks so cool and so perfect gor summer. Happy summer!...Christine