dinner for 2 al fresco

I love eating al fresco.  It usually up in my mind a little bistro in Europe with amazing food, wonderful vistas and great ambiance.
So here’s a nod to all those fantastic memories of those memorable meals right in the corner of our own patio.
It immediately elevates whatever one is eating, drinking, talking about, etc. to another level.
I set an intimate table that looks worthy of a celebration but it’s for any, ordinary day.
Instantly  it becomes an extraordinary day & dining experience
Why not !?!
We own all the plates and glasses and silverware and all that stuff; why not use them in a fun and unexpected way?
It makes life so much more fun and interesting and worth living!
Bon appetite!
Here’s a post that shows you that little spot of the patio.
gray container gardening vignette
gray container gardening vignette
This is a post showing another al fresco tablescape.
end of summer tablescape al fresco
end of the summer tablescape al fresco
“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”
~François de la Rochefoucauld~

sharing @:

 tablescape thursday @ between naps on the porch 

feathered nest friday @ french country cottage

morning cup joe @ the cottage market 

create-bake-grow-gather @ shabby art boutique 

funtastic friday @ olives-n-okra  

saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes

scraptastic saturdays @ scrapality 

a bouquet of talent @ life on lakeshore drive  

sundays at home @ love of home 

diy party @ diy show off  

dishing it digging it @ rustic & refined 

nifty thrifty sunday @ nifty thrifty things   

farmhouse friday @ the painted hinge  

amaze me monday @ dwellings the heart of your home  

show-and-share @ coastal charm 

met monday @ between naps on the porch

the scoop @ stonegable 

inspire me monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia 

mmm @ keeping it simple crafts

celebrate your story @ the sweet sensations 

make it pretty monday @ the dedicated house 

reader tip tuesday @ jodie fitz 

inspire me tuesday @ a stroll thru life .html

tuesdays with twist @ stone cottage adventures  

talk of the town @  knick of time  

tuesdays at our home @ maria elenas decor 

wow @ savvy southern style  

sizzle into summer @ diy by design 

creative muster @ fluster buster.com 

vintage charm @ our hopeful home   

home & garden thursday @ a delightsome life  

share your cup @ have a daily cup of Mrs. Olson

 home sweet home @ the charm of home 

 share your style @ 21 rosemary lane   

friday feature @ oh my heartsie girl  


  1. Beautiful table, relaxing sitting for your table. Love your centerpiece with the hydrangeas. Such attention to detail.

  2. Christine says:

    Oh MaryJo…That table is red carpet of tablescaping dear lady. Love it!

  3. Sandra Garth says:

    We too often rush through our meals and that’s a shame. Each meal should be taken leisurely and of course in good company. You’ve set a beautiful table and the ambiance is fantastic! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  4. Thank you so much judy. These hydrangeas are from my garden and I just love them. xo- maryjo

  5. You’re very sweet christine. Thank you very much. xo- maryjo

  6. Thanks Sandra! Yes, you’re absolutely right. In Europe eating is an experience and we need to take a page from there book. Thanks for visiting. xo- mj

  7. Christie says:


  8. Cindy says:

    So pretty and what a great way to end the day!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  9. thnx Christie! xo- mj

  10. thanks for your sweet comment & stopping by cindy. xo- mj

  11. Your al fresco setting is absolutely lovely!

  12. Kathleen says:

    What a gorgeous table! Eating outside has always been a favorite of mine:) I really love that hydrangea vase. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  13. Thank you. It’s been so hot around here, it’s almost too hot to eat outside. Lol. xo- mj

  14. Thanks kathleen. These hydrangeas from our garden just keep getting better ever year. xo- mj

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