Friday, September 5, 2014


Al fresco dining
And a little football

With September comes the beginning of fall, Labor Day weekend and college football, so, what better excuse to set the table on the veranda and dine under the lights while watching our team’s opening game. Keeping the menu simple, grilled ribs, steaks and chicken are easy for these evenings. 

Grilling for Labor Day
the cook is hard at work

As the sun sets the candles are lit and ready for guests

Crimson and White flowers are team colors in galvanized pails

Love this blue and yellow Melamine, colors of Provence

I used a burlap table runner and a mix of napkins 

For the wine lovers

Table is set


 And, our team won!

Everyone enjoyed the barbecue and all the sides, with lemon pie for desert. Lots of leftovers to send home with guests. A great way to celebrate the holiday.
Thanks so much for stopping in. I would love for you to leave a comment, it’s the only way I will know you stopped by.


  1. Emily, your alfresco setting is perfect. Love the provencal dishes! ;-) The cook did a great job. Those ribs look delicious! Glad your team won!
    See you soon………..S

  2. Such a delightful setting. I imagined your guests all hovering on the edge of the pictures waiting, impatient, to settle in and continue the bridge building of friendship with laughter and happy conversation.

  3. Emily, this is so beautiful! I can only imagine how wonderful it is in person! You really know how to make al fresco dining special!

  4. Dearest Emily, would you please save me a spot next time? Oh, I'm simply in love with your blue chairs, and how gorgeous they look with your blue and yellow plates. Also giddy for the red Adirondack set in the planter. LOVE!!!
    We're headed for our best Florida weather, so I'll keep all this inspiration in mind.
    Thank you, love.

  5. I would love to come to one of your pretty outdoor parties!

    Everything looks so awesome! Even your handsome barbequer! : - )

  6. Emily, your table setting is beautiful - love the dishes & chairs. Those ribs look scrumptious!

  7. Un magnifique moment de convivialité au jardin, j'aime beaucoup l'ambiance et cette jolie table dressée, style provençal !
    Bravo, j'aime beaucoup.
    Bisous Emily,

  8. Wow, wow, wow!!! What a beautiful setting!!! I love all the color both on and off the table! The little red Adirondacks in the planter....SO CUTE!!! I love that! That really speaks to the occasion and the season!

    I'm impressed with your husband's grilling contraption. I have never seen anything like that, so it really intrigues me. And the ribs...they look delicious!!! MORE than delicious!!!

    That's a gorgeous chandelier, and it really makes the outdoors feel more sophisticated and homey. Beautiful! I could just kick myself a billion times over for selling all the ones I had when I sold my shop a few years back!!! I should have kept at least one!!!!! Dumb, dumb, dumb on my part! :-(

    I'm so glad your party went well. You put a lot of love and care and thought into the prep!

  9. I loved it ,Emily. Holly

  10. hi Emily! What a gorgeous setting for a party! Love your candle chandy and the pot with the tiny chairs and flag is too cute! Your outdoor ware is so cute with your blue chairs, and the ribs look outstanding! Roll Tide!

  11. RTR!!! I am so stealing, I mean, borrowing your idea for Crimson Tide centerpieces!!! LOVE it!
    Trip recently joined the Big Green Egg cult. Our backyard and patio are still not finished, and I'm losing my mind. I'll have to enjoy yours vicariously!


  12. Ummm....I am seeing orange and blue on that table, Emily! Whether Auburn or Alabama it's a great table setting!!!

  13. Your Al fresco dining looks so welcoming. :)

  14. Emily, your Labor Day table is so gorgeous! I just love the blue chairs with your yellow plates and the food looks delicious too! I hope this fall has been a wonderful one for you!

    xo Mary Jo

  15. Emily, this is absolutely beautiful! I love the shot of blue provided by your chairs...perfection! Sounds like a marvelous way to celebrate the holiday. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  16. Great al fresco celebration on your veranda. Love your chandy and provencal dinnerware. Your plants add a special touch and the minature adirondack chairs nestled in your sedum plant is adorable. I see your husband uses an egg like mine and we cheer for the same team. Go Bama!

    Are you back from your trip? We had a wonderful time on our trip but I am not recovered yet. Our family has been visiting too. I enjoyed your post. Bonnie

  17. Hi, Emily, so good to see you at my place. :)
    I love your pretty.
    I see you haven't posted in awhile...hoping you are just busy and enjoying life...hope nothing is wrong.
    Bet Conner is almost grown by

  18. What a beautiful setting Emily...I miss your posts!! Hope all is well:-)

  19. Dearest Emily! So good to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my new page. My head is still spinning from all these blog changes that were forced upon me, but it's so good to visit your page and listen to the music and ... breathe. I actually stopped by a couple of weeks ago just to listen to that great song.
    A beautiful world indeed, my friend.
    Have a lovely day.




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