Sunday, June 17, 2012

On Blue Bayou

Dinner with Lisa on the Dock
A few weeks ago, we were lucky to have our friend  Lisa join us for dinner with her fiancée, John.  Lisa moved to Colorado about 5 years ago and this is the first time we had seen her since she left the beach.  The weather was perfect and dinner on the dock was the only way to entertain our landlocked friend.
Evening started with chilled Spanish cava and a toast to Lisa and her new partner.
The contrast between dark blue and sparkling white always makes me happy and I use this combo often.  Chef Gar is a stickler for serving food on white dinner plates so I can only get a little crazy with the rest!  But he is an awesome cook and I can live with white plates.
One of my favorites, the hydrangea,  was blooming nicely and made a simple and delightful center piece.

Just have to love Old Time Pottery and their inexpensive wine glasses!!
Life is good on the bayou!  Wrinkled table cloth and all!

I love this little guy.  Great for appetizers or all the goodies for pan tomaquita.  Chef Gar did a country paella for dinner.  So busy talking I forgot to get any pixs of dinner. It was great!
Till next time….Santé,
White Linen Tablecloth: Whitney Plaid by Whitmore House, Beall’s Outlet
Rattan Chargers: Pier One
Napkins: Restaurant Style: Old Time Pottery
Napkin Rings: Pier One
White Dinner Plates: Corningwear Pyroceram from the Corning Store
Blue Salad Plates: Gourmet Basics by Mikasa, Old Time Pottery
Blue and White Fish Plate: Beall’s Home
Silverware: Twilight Burnished, 1881 Rogers Stainless by Oneida
Wooden Steak Knives:  New World Knife Works
Blue Wine Glasses: Old Time Pottery
Champagne Glasses: TJ Max
This week I’ll be sharing with:
The Tablescaper Seasonal Sundays
Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday
Southern Hospitality's Thrifty Treasures Monday
Boogie Board Cottage's Masterpiece Monday
Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
A Stroll Through Life's Tabletop Tuesday
Cozy Home Scene's Your Cozy Home Tuesday
Cozy Home Scene's BBQ, Picnic and Grill Party 
Cuisine Kathleen’s Let's Dish
Ivy and Elephants' What's It Wednesday
Faded Charm's White Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch's Tablescape Thursday
No Minimalist Here's Open House Thursday
Shabby Creek Cottage's Transformation Thursday
French Country Cottage's Feather Your Nest Friday
My Romantic Home's Show and Tell Friday
At the Picket Fence's Inspiration Friday
The Charm of the Home's Home Sweet Home Friday


  1. What a pretty table. I love hydrangeas and the white and blue color combination. Everything looks very serene out by the water. Hope you enjoyed your meal. Thanks for joining me at the Grill, BBQ, and Picnic Party this week!

    1. Thank you so much for hosting! Always enjoy looking at all the posts. We did enjoy the evening. Great catching up with old friends. Shirley

  2. Your table looked very serene and beautiful. I love blue and white, too.

    1. Thanks Jrralea. I was debating about a table for this week and I first thought was more blue and white. LOL! Decided to mix it up a little. Be sure to check it out! Thanks for stopping by. Shirley

  3. Beautiful tablescape and gorgeous pictures! I'm your newest follower!

    1. Thanks Tammy! So glad that you stopped by. Have another fun table for this week. Be sure to stop back by and check it out. Hope to see you back in the Hood soon. Shirley

  4. Shirley what a lovely setting looking out over the water!!

    Art by Karena
    2012 Artists Series

    1. Thanks Karen, With the great view down the bayou, it makes it pretty easy. Glad you stopped by the Hood and hope you return soon to see what's new. Shirley

  5. So beautiful ...and moody. Love the blues.

    - The Tablescaper

    1. Thanks for stopping by! See you this week at your party. Love all the posts! Shirley

  6. Hello from Shabby Sweet Tea! Thank you for stopping by.

    You take the most amazing photos! Seems to me as if you shared a lovely evening with friends.

    Ciao Ciao,

    1. Thanks Elyse, With a good back drop, it is pretty easy! We did have a wonderful old friends. So glad that you stopped by the Hood also. Please come back soon and see what else is happening at this end of the bayou. Shirley

  7. Your table looks wonderful, food does look good on white plates but I love pattern too much to use them very often. Love the hydrangeas, mine are just starting to bloom. Fun we both have daughters in NYC...Thanks for stopping, Laura

    1. glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Hood Laura!! My hydrangeas are still blooming and I wish they would last all year. It is wonderful having daughters in NYC. I just love our visits to the city and being able to just enjoy all it has to offer. And the fabric and trim shops up in the garment district are to die for. If I lived in the city, I would spend way too much time and way too much money up there! LOL! Hope you come back soon to the what's happening down here on the Bayou. Shirley

  8. Hi Shirley,
    This is my first time to visit, and I have enjoyed it. What a simple yet lovely and elegant looking table.
    Loved the colors and the dark and white contrast, very pretty. Also love hydrangeas.....they are just exquisite,
    and made a wonderful centerpc. for your table. Simply Beautiful and I am sure your friends love every minute of it. Nothing like white plates to make food look I just love white plates, they are just so fresh and clean. Also your lil blue fishy plate is so cute.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely table with us,
    blessings, Nellie

    1. Thank you Nellie for all your wonderful comments. I am glad that you enjoyed your first visit to The Hood and hope you come back often. You never know what you will find here down on the bayou. Shirley

  9. Wow....they had those blue stems at Old Time Pottery near you, too? I have never seen them at the one here. There are tons of them at Dollar Tree that lots of people have bought around the country (along with the great green ones), but I had no idea they could be found at OTP, too! I wish they would come out with pink and purple ones next year! I would buy tons of them!!!!!!! :-) Your table setting is perfect for a nice evening on the dock with good wine, excellent food, and lively conversation! Your flowers are so vibrant!!!!!!!

    1. Glad that you stopped by Alycia and I hope that you enjoyed your time in The Hood. I had seen the blue stems at Dollar Tree also but when I went back to get them, they were gone and I kept returning for over 6 months and finally happened upon them at OTP. Do wish they would come out with more shades too! Hope you come back soon to see what is happening down here on the bayou. Shirley

  10. What a beautiful post, blue has never looked so good! Good food, good wine and good company!
    Heaven! Thanks so much for linking with us at Ivy and Elephants.

    1. Thank you Patti for hosting your party. I love all the new ideas to explore. Hope your enjoyed your visit to The Hood and that you come back soon! Shirley

  11. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  12. I've just had a look around your lovely blog-your photos are wonderful! I will definitely be back here again soon-I love your blog!

    If you ever feel like joining in with a new linky party I host a weekly party called Say G'day Saturday wich is on now. I would be honoured if you could join in one weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz