Saturday, June 13, 2015

Harley Davidson Table for Father's Day

As any entertainer knows, advance planning is key to hosting a successful get-together.
With that in mind, I did a practice run of the tablescape for the Father's Day meal I am hoping to host next weekend. Weather permitting, we will be eating in our backyard.
 

Although our kids won't be able to make it home to celebrate with their dad this year, I still want to make the day special for him.
 
Mr. Delight's summer time hobby is riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle which I thought was the perfect theme for the Father's Day table.
 
 
Inspiration began with this wonderful model of Mr. D's bike, (Road King Classic) which a good friend gave him.
 
I placed it on a round mirror and put a cloche over it to create a centerpiece.
 
An orange Harley bandana was draped over a pedestal cake plate which served as a platform for the cloche.
  
Once the centerpiece was designed, I got to work on the rest of the table.  I placed these white candles on chrome-look-alike silver candleholders however, a strong breeze kept blowing them out so you'll notice in later pics, I changed them for some mercury glass votive holders.
 
On one side of the cloche, a mirrored tray holds a pair of HD leather gloves, a candle and some black sunglasses.

On the other side, the mirror tray holds an old beanie helmet of Mr. D's.

Some Harley Davidson logos were copied off the 'net, printed and cut out to help create these perfectly themed dishes.  I taped them to these orange/white salad plates just for décor purposes.  I may place a small clear plate over top depending on the menu I come up with.

Glassware was a given with these HD glasses Mr. D has had for quite awhile now.

A shimmery gray/silver table runner mimics the open highway.
 
 
Orange placemats on a black tablecloth along with the fois bois chargers add to the HD and masculine look of the table.
 
I placed menu cards from a previous HD dinner beside the plates as a sample of what I might do for the actual Father's Day meal. 

The table is set for four and since our kids can't make it home, we will be inviting another couple over to help us celebrate Father's Day.

After dinner, I hope the weather is nice enough to move over to this area.

Mr. D can put his feet up and relax in this Adirondack chair decked out with a Harley Davidson throw.
 
A glass of his favourite beer will no doubt hit the spot once poured into this HD beer glass.
 
He can then share some pictures and stories with us from this Harley Davidson book. 

Since he was the one that recently painted this chair and footstool for me, he deserves some R&R in it!
I'm looking forward to Father's Day this Sunday and am glad I have my tablescape planned out.  Have you given any thought as to what you are going to do on this special day?
 
Thanks for visiting!

I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Sundays Down Under at Natasha in Oz
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Talented Tuesdays at Home Remedies
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Swing into Spring at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Northern Nesting
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants
Thursday Favorite Things at Surroundings by Debi
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Idea Box at Mila's Little Things
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Backyard Ambiance with Outdoor Lighting

In an effort to repurpose and spend less, we put our outdoor Christmas lights to summertime use and converted them to backyard ambient lighting.

 This is how the lights usually look at Christmas...
(please excuse the words on pic as I copied it from a previous post)
 
...and here's how they look now 
 
This is not a tutorial on how to string/attach the lights as Mr. D did all that and I'm afraid I didn't pay too much attention but was very happy with the end result! He even put them on a dimmer switch so we can control the brightness.
 
And now we can sit out here in our Adirondack chairs and soak in the evening ambiance.
 
It will also be nice for larger gatherings this summer.
 
Lighting our fire bowl allows us the extra warmth to stay outside longer,
 
especially now that we have the extra lighting.
 
Want to come over and relax in one of these chairs with us?  We'd love to have you!
 
This chair is a recent purchase from Canadian Tire and I was very pleased to find one that coordinates well with the ones I already had.
Pillow is reversible (to a red side) and is by Pier 1.
 
 
The lights inside the cabana as well as my candelier also add to the outdoor lighting.
 
Below, you can see how the lights are strung over to our sundeck which will come in handy as that is how we access the kitchen.
 
It's amazing how much the atmosphere of your outdoor space can change just by adding some lighting.
 
Ahh, summer nights...
 
...will definitely be spent out here!
 
Thanks for visiting!
 I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Sundays Down Under at Natasha in Oz
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Talented Tuesdays at Home Remedies
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Swing into Spring at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Northern Nesting
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants
Thursday Favorite Things at Surroundings by Debi
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Idea Box at Mila's Little Things
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Summer Display in a Tray

I took advantage of the gorgeous weather today and created a summer display in a tray for the backyard. Even though we live in the mountains and far from any ocean, my summer décor often gravitates toward a beach theme. We do have some lakes and a river nearby so water based décor is definitely still appropriate.

 
I grouped everything in a woven tray and added items which would be needed for a simple lunch for two. A white pitcher filled with faux grasses acts as a backdrop for the display.


My inspiration started with this aqua mason jar lantern I recently purchased at Home Hardware.
(I filled it with shells and blue glass beads)
 
This mason jar in the same colour was the vase for a bouquet that was delivered to me a couple of weeks ago. I was thrilled that it happened to be the exact same colour as the mason jar lantern.
 
These wine glasses also went perfectly with the water theme with their blue colour and tiny bubbles around the base of the glass.
 
A white pedestal cake plate holds décor items and some plates.
 
I've had these shell-shaped plates for ages and always like using them for displays of this nature.
 
 
Two forks are set inside colour-coordinated napkins.
 
What's beach décor without a starfish and shells?
 
And it all comes together like this...
 
 
Pull up some Adirondack chairs and it's the perfect setting for a light lunch.
(The table is actually our firebowl with the lid that Mr. D made for it which converts it to a table)
 
 
Let's start with some wine...
 
Did you notice that the glasses also have little fish etched on them amongst the waves and bubbles? Love them! They were a birthday gift from my SiL.
 
 
 
A bottle of wine and a few snack items are ready to be enjoyed.

The divided glass dish holds grape tomatoes, shrimp, cheddar cheese and pickles which will go well with the crackers.  Some corn chips and salsa round out the light lunch.
 
After lunch, a relaxing read or nap in this chair would be the perfect way to enjoy the afternoon.
 
Do you create "beach-themed decor" even if you don't live near an actual beach?
 
Thanks for visiting!
 

I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Sundays Down Under at Natasha in Oz
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Talented Tuesdays at Home Remedies
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Swing into Spring at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Northern Nesting
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants
Thursday Favorite Things at Surroundings by Debi
Tablescape  Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Outdoor Projects at Craftberry Bush
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House