Monday, September 12, 2011

Wine and Dine Outdoors

 I do not need any excuse to eat outside!  The evening weather is perfect for a simple wine and cheese.
 I love brown and green and the earthy colors of fall.  This little child's chair serves as the centerpiece to hold the tray of cheeses and fruit.
 Decorations are uncomplicated with just a bowl of pinecones.
The food is simple with some crusty French and whole grain bread to eat with the cheeses.
Small stools or a child's bench could also be used to elevate serving pieces.  This would be great for a buffet style table.
I served some double chocolate macaroons for those craving something sweet.
 
 Is there anything better than dining outside in the cooler weather?
This vintage table cloth was a bit too small for this old farm door converted table, so I added the willow placemats to either end.
A good strategy to use in selecting cheeses is to borrow the old wedding saying: something old, something new, borrowed, and blue.  For an "old" cheese, select an aged cheese, usually a hard cheese, such as a Gruy√®re.  "new" should be a fresh cheese, usually soft, such as goat cheese or brie or something else creamy.  For "borrowed" think outside of French cheeses and 'borrow' from another country a fresh parmesan, a manchego or cheddar.  For the "blue" serve a good Roquefort.  Add a pot of honey and sprinkle with some nuts.  If you have some fresh herbs from the garden, add them on the side or on top of the cheeses.

 
As much as I love summer and the time with my children, I do so love the fall!  The crisp air, eating al fresco and time with family and friends watching football!  Maybe instead of chips and dip, serve wine and cheese for your next football gathering!

Thanks for stopping by!

Bamboo utensils: Homegoods; Pewter server and dome: Homegoods; Brown check tea towels: Tuesday Morning; Willow placemats: World Market; Tablecloth, child's chair, French market basket, Rusty outdoor chandelier, old chairs and benches, ironstone plates: various thrift and antique stores; Rattan cake stand: store in Charlotte, NC (also at Room Service Home.)

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34 comments :

Courtenay@Creek Line House said...

It's always a good time for wine and cheese! Your setup is beautiful as always.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Fabulous...I love everything you used...but that chair is just too adorable!

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

Such lovely photographs! I love the rustic and romantic elements.

Kris said...

I love the rustic simplicity of this!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

Absolutely delightful ... you're so great at setting beautiful tables. I love the rustic colors and textures you used!

Tardevil said...

Looks like a nice way to spend a fall evening. I've got the same utensils at Home Goods. It's probably a good thing we live on the opposite sides of Charlotte, else we may be shopping for the same things! ;o)

Sheri said...

How beautiful. I would LOVE that setup in my back yard.

A Few Pennies said...

Beautiful farm table setting--the little touches are so pretty--wicker, that antique little chair, vintage silver--love it!

AshTreeCottage said...

Perfectly charming!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

A gorgeous, autumnal tablescape, Christie! Great composition!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This looks like a magazine layout! The little chair is perfect for buffet serving! great photos! xo Debra

About Vintage French Hen said...

How fun is this! Thanks for the wine and cheese party ideas, you're making me hungry! Great job, Marcia

Nancy said...

Just darling! I love all the texture in the various elements. LOVE that wicker cake/cheese stand! I have that same bamboo flatware and those chargers too. It looks soooo inviting!

Nancy

tarapatices said...

Perfect! Great outdoors for a Wine and cheese!

Sandra

janet said...

I love the table and how everything is displayed..You have a great eye for details..
Janet

once in a blue moon said...

love every bit of this... espcially your colors, the tablecloth is fantastic~

Babs said...

I'd list everything I love, but I love it ALL. Great post and I'm your newest follower.
Babs

Debbie said...

What a wonderful setting! I love how you've incorporated all the old chippy pieces with the chandelier....looks very romantic.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I am coming to have some wine and cheese with you. That whole setting looks so good. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

This is just the most creative table setting I believe I've ever seen. Your photos are all magazine worthy! hugs ~lynne~

Mary said...

Oh I adore this~ all your details are so wonderful! Your child's chair as a serving tray is so creative!

lulumusing said...

Delightful in every way. I close my eyes and I'm there!

Carole @ Blue Chateau Interiors said...

So enchanting! How I'd love to relax there with a glass of wine.

Visiting from Savvy Southern Style. Following you now. :)

Lizabeth said...

What a cute presentation! Love the childs chair and the cheese and wine all look so good! Great ideas!

Marigene said...

What a charming table!

Kat @ Antique Plaza said...

This is great, I love your color scheme and mix of wood and wicker! Great Idea with the child's chair centerpiece too! Found you on Tablescape Thursday.

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Wow! What an enticing and inviting tablescape! It's lovely and so thoughtful. So many lovely details. Thanks for sharing. I'm visiting from Common Ground's Vintage Inspiration Friday.
:) Lynn

Joann said...

Great post ! Love it Thanks

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Your blog header looks stunning! The outdoor setting is just perfect.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, no you didn't go brown and white plaid!!!! This is beautiful!!! Beautiful, I tell you!!! You go, girl! And you KNOW that baby chair is the bees knees! Love it all!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Chrsitie, So beautiful! I especially love the baskets, the rattan chargers and the chandy. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and have a great week.
Hugs,
Sherry

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

I love it ALL!!! I'll be right over...save some of that cheese for me!

What a wonderful idea to use the little chair on your table...it is DARLING!

Designs By Pinky said...

The childs chair as a centerpiece is GENIUS!!!!!!!!! I love ALL of this. I have the same flatware too! Love wine and cheese for dinner too:):):) XO, Pinky

Amy Kinser said...

Hi Christie. Okay, I have missed so many of your posts and they are all so beautiful. You are one amazingly talented lady. Your style is so versatile, so classy, so clean, so gorgeous...so everything that I love looking at.

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