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Farmhouse Dining in a City Courtyard and BlogHop

Farmers from California to the Mediterranean will soon be harvesting olives to press for our much-loved olive oil. While we live in the city and not on a farm, I thought I would set a pretty table outdoors reminiscent of our trip to Italy. We stayed in an Agriturismo where the olive trees were plentiful. Today with the addition of stoneware provided by Old Time Pottery, we can experience farmhouse dining in a city courtyard.

An Alfresco Table for Two in the Courtyard

We live in a small condominium where our courtyard is the perfect place for entertaining. This table is set for two. It could be two friends on a warm summer night, catching up on life, or talking about the good old days. Perhaps it’s for me and 007 or me and Princess Van Gogh having a fun mother/daughter dinner.

stoneware and napkins

Setting up was a labor of love on a very hot summer day. There was blue sky and one dark cloud that blew in from the east. A glorious rainbow arched overhead while thunder threatened rain. I said a little prayer and asked the Lord to please not let it rain until I got a few pictures.

through the shrubbery

For summer or winter, the fireplace adds warmth and ambiance to a table for two.

yellow daisies

I used the table runners in a non-traditional way and repeated the pattern with iron chargers.

side of courtyard

An intimate spot for a romantic dinner.

Olive Vista

Double napkins and rings, all from Old Time Pottery.

iron charger

Meant for wall art, I thought they made beautiful chargers.

view to sangria

 Glassware at Old Time Pottery is so much fun to pick out. The iced tea glass is a replica of the Old Williamsburg pattern manufactured from 1966-1980.

green hobnail pitcher

And this delicate, green pitcher in the old Hobnail pattern could hold water, iced tea or margaritas on a hot summer day.

old williamsburg replica glassware

“Vintage” glassware adds character to any table.


The fountain in our courtyard provides a steady, calming background sound.

yellow daisies

Yellow daisies are the perfect summer flower.

night lights

The storm cloud passed right over me. Not a drop of rain. The sun slid down the sky and the lights popped on.

table for two

What summer tablescape is complete without a White Wine Sangria?  My beverage dispenser sits in a lovely iron tray and guess where I got it? Yep, Old Time Pottery!

courtyard by night

As most of our gatherings do, this one could last well into the night.

fountain with lights



alfresco tablescape blog hop summer 2016 (1)

It is such an honor to be part of this fun and creative blog hop with 25 other fabulous bloggers! You will find so many great ideas for your tablescapes, you’ll have to party all year to use them! Thank you Chloe with Celebrate and Decorate, for including me!


Starfish Cottage | Knock it Off Kim | Life and Linda | Southern Hospitality | Everyday Living

My Kentucky Living | DesignThusiasm | Simple Nature Decor |

Living With Thanksgiving


Red Cottage Chronicles  | The Little Yellow Corner Store | Ramblings of a Southern Girl

CoziNest  | Love of Home 

Panoply | Flourish & Knot | The Painted Apron | Dining Delight  |

Celebrate & Decorate

B. Lovely Events | Lolly Jane | A Toile Tale | Bluesky Kitchen Rattlebridge Farm

A special thank you to Old Time Pottery for sponsoring this post. I will be linking with these utterly fabulous parties:

Celebrate Your Story,  Mommy MomentsRustic and Refined,  Coastal Charm,

Cooking and Crafting with J&JThe Scoop,  Inspire Me Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays

Inspire Me Monday,  Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday,

Full Plate ThursdayWork it WednesdayCreative Spark,  Your Inspired DesignHome Matters,      Idea Box,

Poofing the Pillows,  Sweet Inspiration,  DIY Sunday ShowcaseGet Your DIY On,

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