Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop: Endless Summer

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver”
Proverbs 25:11

Well, hello August…you got here in a hurry!  In our Appalachian foothills, we are feeling the heat and humidity!  If you are a regular reader, as always, we are glad to have you!  But if you are new, I am so excited that you are here for the Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop! I want to welcome you into my Everyday Living, please make yourself at home!  And be sure to scroll all the way down to find other bloggers that are participating!

Being a lifestyle blogger means you can find me doing a number of different things: traveling to new places, setting a table for friends and family, or pulling weeds from our garden that we love!  My husband, Butch (Renaissance Man) and I love everything about the outdoors…and that includes alfresco dining!  Today, you are invited to pull up a seat at our table for six…what’s better than a glass of lemonade on an endless summer day?

One of my favorite spots is our outdoor dining area!

The garden is full of blooms on this first day of August!

Last week’s tablescape was a little more formal, but today’s is fun and casual!

Ice-cold lemonade is perfect for a small dinner party in the garden.

I chose a fruit-patterned tablecloth that I have had for a few years…

…bright yellow napkins are gathered in hand-painted miniature flower pots!


Water hyacinth placemats add texture for each place setting…

…of fruit patterned china serving up fresh fruit that is sure to hit the spot on a warm August evening!


The centerpiece is so simple – a hollowed out pineapple serving as the vase with a bouquet of cut flowers from my garden placed in a square basket surrounded by citrus fruits…

…inspired by one of my favorite magazines, Southern Lady.

Sparkling French lemonade, a TJ Maxx find, sits ready to be poured.

I filled a pair of glass hurricanes with limes and lemons.  I often use fruit as a centerpiece, then use it for recipes.  The lemons will be used for a favorite summer dessert – lemon icebox pie!




Aw…country living!

Thank you all for stopping by and joining in my Everyday Living.  I hope you join me again soon!  Don’t forget to follow Everyday Living on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest!

Table Details:
Tablecloth – Indian cotton from Williams-Sonoma
Placemats – Water Hyacinth from Tuesday Morning
Dinner plate/Salad bowl – Mikasa “Fruit Rapture
Stemware – Noritake “Sweet Swirl-Dark Blue”
Flatware –
Napkins – TJ Maxx
Napkin Rings – Artisan-Crafted

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And now for the par-tay!  You will not want to miss any of these fabulous tablescapes…and I hope you have your party shoes on, because they will be coming at you all week!  Here is the complete lineup:

Starfish Cottage
 | Knock it Off Kim | Life and Linda | Southern Hospitality | Everyday Living

My Kentucky Living | DesignThusiasm | Simple Nature Decor | Living With Thanksgiving

Red Cottage Chronicles  | The Little Yellow Corner Store | Ramblings of a Southern Girl
CoziNest  | Love of Home

Panoply | Flourish & Knot | The Painted Apron | Dining Delight  |
Celebrate & Decorate

B. Lovely Events | Lolly Jane | A Toile Tale | Bluesky Kitchen Rattlebridge Farm

Linking with Pieced PastimesSilver Pennies, Life on Lakeshore DriveThoughts From Alice, Coastal Charm, Dwellings-Heart of Your HomeSavvy Southern Style, French Country Cottage, Stone Gable, Confessions of a Plate Addict, Worthing CourtBetween Naps on the Porch, Cedar Hill Farmhouse, A Stroll Thru Life, The Charm of Home, Imparting GracePosed PerfectionKatherines Corner, Rooted In Thyme, Share Your Cup,  21 Rosemary LaneCozy Little House, Rattlebridge FarmRustic & Refined, Poofing The Pillows, What Meegan Makes, Celebrate & Decorate, McCall Manor


  1. Pam, your garden is so lovely and perfectly planned for a myriad of lush backdrops for your tablescapes. Love the fruit theme for your alfresco tablescape. There are so many clever levels here. You have the gift of welcoming us into your everyday living. I’m tasting the fresh lemonade and fruit as I enjoy your garden and your hospitality.

  2. Maureen says:

    What a happy summer setting! Your gardens are the ultimate backdrop for alfresco dining. I might just have to borrow your pineapple centrepiece idea!!

  3. Your alfresco dining is absolutely my favorite dining experiences that you do…Yes, I so love your tablescapes in your gorgeous dining room, but there is nothing like a beautiful table in your beautiful gardens….I see a resurgence of pineapples…that makes me happy!….Have a wonderful day!

  4. Pam, your alfresco tablescape is so pretty and happy looking. I love your fruit patterned china. How beautiful!!! Your pinaepple centerpiece is so perfect for the table. I too love Southern Lady Magazine!!! The lemons and limes add the perfect finishing touch!!!

  5. kim says:

    Love, love, LOVE this one! It looks so inviting and fun and that centerpiece is gorgeous! Perfect. So fun hopping with you this week!

  6. Oh what a tropical delight Pam, I feel cooler just looking at all that wonderful fruit! Your knock off pineapple centerpiece is gorgeous!! Such an incredible get away from it all, right in your own backyard! Happy hopping this week!

  7. I have enjoyed your alfresco tablescapes all summer so far and am so happy to have you participating in my First Annual Alfresco Tablescape blog hop. I knew you would be sharing a lovely table today. Your tablescape is so fun and fruity! I don’t even know which detail I like the most, you did such such a nice job tying all of the details together. Those little flower pot napkin rings are so cute, I had to look, I thought maybe you made them yourselves. The way your dishes and tablecloth coordinate is perfect. The pineapple centerpiece with the flowers arranged in it is a great touch! I am sure any guests would enjoy sitting down for a meal at your lovely table!

    • Chloe, you are so sweet! I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to participate in my first blog hop. I am so glad you will do it annually and would love to be a part next year! I know this required a lot of work and saying thanks does not seem enough, but I appreciate your hard work! Blessings!

  8. Linda says:

    Loving your Alfresco tablescape. Your gardens are so lovely, I wouldn’t be out there everyday dining. The backdrop is gorgeous. What a pretty theme with the fruits. Wonderful dishes too with the tablecloth…..completing the theme. Your pineapple centerpiece steals the show. Isn’t it great to be inspired. Happy to join this blog hop with you.

  9. What is not to love about your gorgeous table. From the beautiful plates, flatware, glasses, and all. The napkin and napkin rings are adorable! Your centerpiece sets this beautiful “scape” over the top.

  10. Kim says:

    I adore your centerpiece! The pineapple with flowers is so colorful and says summer in a very classy way! The little flower pot napkin rings are a treasure! I’ll have to keep my eye out for those. Happy hopping this week!

  11. Marsha says:

    I love the tropical feel of your tablescape too. How beautifully arranged outdoors. I love the use of pineapple, lemons and limes. Your table is so inviting and screams “stay, relax and have a great time”.

  12. dolores says:

    mi querida amiga Pam, Un 10 sobre 10!!! es así como veo tu presentación de mesa de verano…Maravillosa imaginación la tuya, eres una perfeccionista…quizás por eso me gusta tanto todo lo que haces porque lo haces con sabiduría y mucho amor.
    Alfresco, palabra española “al fresco” que tiene el mismo sentido que en español. Llama mi atención que de vez en cuando encuentro palabras españolas por ahí mezcladas como “patio”.
    Enhorabuena por tanta belleza. Un abrazo
    my dear friend Pam, 10 out of 10 !!! this is how I see your presentation summer table … Wonderful imagination yours, you’re a perfectionist … maybe that’s why I like it so much everything you do because you do it with wisdom and love.
    Alfresco, Spanish word “al fresco” has the same meaning as in Spanish. My attention that occasionally encounter mixed Spanish words around like “patio”.
    Congratulations on such beauty. A hug

    • Dearest Dolores, thank you so very much for your sweet words! We love to dine outdoors and I hope you were able to join some of the other ladies to view their tables, Wishing you joyful days! Hugs, Pam

      Dolores más querido, gracias por lo mucho por sus dulces palabras! Nos encanta cenar al aire libre y espero que se haya podido unirse a algunas de las otras damas para ver sus mesas, deseándole días alegres! Abrazos, Pam

  13. mleewest says:

    Pam, your garden is a magical place. The tropical touches are a treat for the senses. Love the pineapple centerpieces, and your pretty tablecloth is like a flower itself. Beautiful!

  14. Mary says:

    I love your fruit-themed table in your garden Pam! The tablecloth is so cheery and the perfect foundation for your fruit plates, citrus and pineapple vase centerpiece!

  15. Linda says:

    Your table is fresh and welcoming, but the star of the show is certainly that pineapple centerpiece. I, too, admired the arrangement in Southern Lady, and mentally filed the flower combination to remember. You nailed it!

  16. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    The fruit tablecloth is so retro looking. It makes me think of my great-granny’s house! So fresh and full of good food!

  17. Such beautiful color in your tablescape, Pam! It just brings a smile to my face… :-) Your whole outdoor landscape is quite lovely. I also really like the flatware!!

    Delighted to be blog-hopping with you. I’ll be on Tuesday’s roster… 😉

  18. Kim says:

    Fresh fruit is so pretty in your fruit china! And, yes, it’s hot…and sticky humid. I’m staying inside! I enjoyed your garden setting, as always. I love that you shared your centerpiece inspiration. Yours turned out so pretty. Are there any secret tricks to hollowing out a pineapple? I love that. (Sort of reminds me of Gilligan’s Island – cast members sipping from pineapples. Ha!) I’m glad I made it by to catch up. Happy blog hopping! :-)

  19. Jemma says:

    Oh my! This is a table setting that is swoon worthy, and this precious pineapple that has become a vase!
    Oh what a delight it would be sit at this table and visit with you!
    Hope you share this with us on Thursday too!

  20. Sarah says:

    Pam, your alfresco setting is always the perfect spot for the tables you set. This one is full of color and seems to say, “Happy Summer!”

  21. Lisa says:

    This table is so fabulously fruity! I love it! You always manage to make your tables so welcoming yet yet truly spectacular! You’ve knocked the ball out of the park with this one!

  22. gwingal says:

    The tablescape is beautiful! But what I am really focusing on is the backdrop! Those grasses! The hydrangea!! The pergola!!! (or whatever that outdoor building is) I am off to find pictures of your garden.
    :) gwingal

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