Alfresco Dining at Home Tablescape Blog Hop

Alfresco Dining at Home

Alfresco Dining at Home with a coastal tablescape in turquoise and coral.

I am sharing my alfresco dining table this week as part of another Tablescape Blog Hop.  I have linked up with nineteen other skilled table stylists to showcase a variety of tables set for alfresco dining.  Summertime can offer up so many different ways and places to dine, be it on the front porch like we do often, or a picnic in a park or on a beach.  Maybe you are tailgating before a big game!  Make it special by adding some pretty plates and a little decoration.

Alfresco dining is a treat we partake in as often as possible here in Florida.  Sometimes we can even enjoy it in January!  Of course come August alfresco dining is not always as enjoyable with the rise in heat and humidity!Set a table on the front porch for dinner tonight! Take a peek outside my window!  Oh, look!  The table is set and ready to greet guests for a summertime dinner on the porch.

Setting a coral coastal tablescape.I hadn’t used this elegant beaded runner for a couple of years and for what it cost, I thought I should be getting a little more use out of it, so it was my inspiration for this table.

Gather seaside elements for this bright and bold table setting.My original idea for a plate stack was the wicker chargers topped with a turquoise dinner plate, a coral printed salad plate, topped with a red-orange plate.  Somehow it seemed sad not to be sharing that beautiful print on the salad plates, so the vibrant orange ones went back to the cupboard!Starfish and coral adorned salad plates top my plate stack for a summertime coastal tablescape

My final choice for my plate stack was without that third plate, just using the coral patterned salad plate.  These were just too pretty not to be showcased!Coral inspired summertime table setting

The beaded runner I have had from Pier One Imports was the foundation for my table, accompanied by a couple of plastic sea fan placemats.Beaded coral napkin rings help set the mood for a coastal dinner table.

The beaded coral napkin rings came from Pier One the same year that I bought the runner.  Back in 2016 I used some of the same elements for my Coral Table Celebration.  It is fun to look back AFTER styling a table with similar elements and see what you did different this time around and what you did the same.

 I look forward to a kitchen remodel in the future which will allow for a door right from the kitchen onto the dining area on the porch which will make alfresco dining at home a more seamless enterprise.

Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop:

Please take a moment and visit these other blogs and see how they have styled their outdoor dining experiences!


Home is Where The Boat IsEveryday Living | A casa di Bianca | Living With Thanksgiving


Corner of Plaid and PaisleyMe and My Captain | PMQ for Two | At Home With Jemma


Red Cottage ChroniclesLife and LindaBluesky at HomeThe Painted Apron


PanoplyBelle Bleu InteriorsOur Crafty MomCelebrate and Decorate


Debbee’s Buzz | Simple Nature Decor | From My Carolina Home | My French Twist

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  1. Just beautiful Chloe! I love the combination of the coral with the turquoise on your porch table and pretty salad plates. Your beaded runner is way too pretty not to use in the summer months and provides the perfect inspiration for your alfresco table. I love the addition of the sea fans along with the pretty coral napkin rings and such a gorgeous centerpiece with all your colorful elements and textures! Thanks so much for all your organizing efforts for this alfresco this blog hop, It’s always a pleasure to join you at the table! ♥

  2. Chloe, I can see why you wanted to use your beaded runner again. It is gorgeous. You are right those plates are too pretty to be hidden! I like the coral and aqua together and your wicker table provides just the right texture to make your dishes pop. The coral sea fan mats and beaded goblets complete your look along with your floral arrangement.
    I love your porch. I know you enjoy it all year round.
    Thank you , Chloe for starting the bloghops, for asking me to be a part of them and for all the time and work you put into them.

  3. Chloe, the aqua and coral theme is perfect for summertime. I’m so glad you showcased the patterned plates beacausecthey are gorgeous. The beaded runners from Pier 1 are just so beautiful. I used one last fall for our fall tablescape. Dining on your porch sounds like such a treat. Thank you again for hosting. It’s always fun to be creative and see what others are doing.

  4. I love the way the colors of your beautiful table just jump off the page at you! The turquoise and coral are the perfect colors to use with your pretty grey rattan porch furniture, it just looks so perfect together. Your beautiful centerpiece is just the cherry on top! I would love a beautiful afternoon sitting around your wonderful table chatting. Thank you for bring all of us together and working so hard to make these hops a fabulous reality!! They really are fun, I look forward to the next one already!!

    1. Thank you so much, Ann. This colorful table is such a switch from the nearly neutral one I did for my very first alfresco tablescape blog hop. We would likely move inside instead of sitting on that front porch, the heat has been horrendous! I am thinking about moving this particular hop to May to save all of us who struggled with the weather this time around!

  5. Chloe, that beaded table runner is gorgeous and you should definitely use it more. Love the color combos, turquoise and coral look fabulous together. Pretty tropical look you have created at your Florida home. Those plates are wowing me! What a beautiful floral design. The colors compliment your table so well. looking forward to hearing about your kitchen remodel. Stay cool ! Thank you for organizing this very fun alfresco challenge.

    1. Thank you so much Linda, I think I need to figure out some new ways to use that runner. It sits hidden away 99% of the time. We are in the process of building a big screened in porch in the back yard, and maybe a new table and new space will give me some renewed ways to use it.

  6. Chloe, my friend…you are so kind to call us stylists because that is what we really are. Each with their own talent make for wonderful inspiration and ingenuity!
    I love your table, and the Pier 1 influence is perfect for your coral and turquoise. I believe whatever one decides for their plate stack is always a right choice…and showcasing those pretty salad plates prove it.
    Thank you for organizing this blog hop. I am looking forward to the others you have scheduled for the year.
    We, in this group are up to the challenge and in my opinion, never disappoint with their creativity.

  7. Stunning table Cloe. Love the color combo on your alfresco table, it just grabs the eye with the coral and turquoise. The salad plates are also beautiful and the coordinating napkin rings.

  8. Love your tablescape!

    I have been collecting melamine pieces for awhile and frankly don’t have a good place for them all.

    How big is your tablescaping collection? and how do you store it to have it handy to mix and match when the creative urge hits?

    Any advice?

    1. Oh my, thank you Susan! Now…about all of those dishes…yikes, they are everywhere! In my kitchen cupboards, in my very large walk in pantry and if you look at some blog posts showing my tavern room you will see two tall cabinets with shuttered doors…those are full too! The sideboard in my tavern room is full of napkins and placemats! We are getting ready to do some minor renovating at our house and if it turns out like I want it to, I should be able to keep at least all of the dishes in one walk in pantry. If that comes to pass, I will be sharing it here on the blog! Thank you so much for stopping by! Do you have a favorite of all of your melamine? I would love to hear what they are.

  9. Oh Chloe, I love those coral motif salad plates —- it would have been a crime to cover them! Such great colors too. Like the beaded runner too, but my favorite part is the fabulous centerpiece. The total effect of the table is like snorkeling on a reef. Thanks for including me in the blog hop!

    1. Thank you so much Debbbee, I don’t know what I was thinking covering those up at first! I did think the protea looked a little like undersea creatures. I hope you are having a wonderful adventure in Iceland!

  10. Oh, I am in love with the saturation of those tropical colors, Chloe! This table is stunning, and just perfect for these sultry days of summer, hinting even at late summer/fall. I don’t blame you for wanting to show off the salad plates, but the entire stack is so well coordinated, it all looks so good together. It’s hard to choose a favorite element, but those napkin rings and that runner are both drawing my eye, and so is the centerpiece.

    It’s been a great week of inspiring tabletops! I love this tour, and appreciate you and all you do to make it happen. Thank you, Chloe!

  11. Your coastal table is just stunning. That coral runner really adds so much color and you hit on the nail for coastal feel! Thanks for all your hard work on this blog hop and I hope to do many in the future.

  12. Chloe, the beaded runner was great inspiration for your coral and turquoise setting. I love the pairing of those two colors. The salad plates and napkin rings are so pretty and highlight the beaded runner. I love the view through the window, how nice to eat alfresco on your porch. Thanks for organizing and hosting the blog hop, it is such a pleasure to be able to participate!

  13. This is my kind of table Chloe, I love all the bright colors and coastal elements! I’m glad you let the salad plates shine, they are so cute! LOVE the centerpiece, totally gorgeous! The napkin rings match sooo perfectly, beautiful!

  14. Good Morning Chloe,
    Thank you so much for hosting! I so enjoy this hops and all of the inspiration.
    Well, I am totally over the moon with the rich and vibrant color palette of your tablescape, not to mention your wicker table too!
    These colors are a perfect transition from late Summer to pre-Fall. You really captured the natural feel of a living ocean reef. These napkin rings….not only the coral hue but the texture too.
    I so enjoyed participating.


  15. Chloe, You never cease to impress me. That beaded runner is exquisite, but how you perfectly pulled all the colors from it with your dishes and accessories is lovely. You truly do have a talent. I’ll let you know how the photography class is going (on Craftsy) as I get further into it. And once again, it was so much fun getting to know you at Haven!

  16. Chloe, I want to thank you once again for inviting me to participate in your blog hop!
    Your sea inspired tablescape is stunning. I wish I had those beaded napkin rings, or the beaded table runner. And can we talk about your florals?! PERFECTION!

    It was such a treat meeting you in person in Charleston, I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.

  17. Chloe, first and foremost thank you for bringing us all together to share in the mutual love of pretty tables! Your table is stunning. I absolutely love your centerpiece! Oh, and that table runner is gorgeous. I love the colours of turquoise and coral together and your accent plates just pop right off the table! So much inspiration 🙂

  18. Chloe, this is so pretty! I just love your porch area with the wicker furniture, I would be out there all the time! Your alfresco table is gorgeous with all of the wonderful saturated color. It makes me smile, I love the table runner and pretty coral plates. Thanks for hosting this fun hop! I always have so much fun!!!

  19. Chloe, your Alfresco Tablescape is so lovely! The beaded runner is gorgeous and I love the color scheme. I always look forward to seeing what you will put together. Beautiful as always! Thank you for hosting this fun Hop!

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