Friday, July 31, 2020

Breakfast al Fresco

I don’t know about the rest of you, but during the pandemic, my schedule has completely changed. I used to be one who stayed up into the wee hours of the morning, and didn’t get out of bed the next day until 9:30 AM, or even 10 AM. These days, I’m tired before midnight, and find myself awakening around 6:30. Frankly, I’m enjoying the change. During the summer, the early hours are the only ones where I can spend time out on the lanai without roasting in the heat, or melting in the humidity. As such, I now enjoy breakfast out there every morning.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be of any significance (although I will admit to ordering on occasion from First Watch and getting delivery), it can be simply toast, juice, and coffee. But, I love being around my plant friends, in a setting that is so serene.
I know I’m not alone in my love for plants. There is something so relaxing about being surrounded by them. I also get quite excited when I see a new leaf begin to unfurl. The small table that I have set up in the corner would comfortably serve two, but because I’m only serving one, the top is covered with my favorite things. I will often sit here in the evening when the sun has gone down, light the candle (there are many scattered around the area), and enjoy a cocktail.
On my table I have some of my favorite plants including an Australian tree fern, and a Lucille Ball head vase with baby tears.
My place setting is largely the result of purchases from Pier One. I have layered green leaf placemats beneath round, fringed, straw placemats, and topped them with a metal charger, all from Pier One. The tablecloth (if you can see it) is Tommy Bahama.
The brown, knobby-edged plate is also from Pier One, a part of their spice collection, the banana tree plate on top is a favorite from Fitz and Floyd.
Because of the bamboo edge of the top plate, I decided that bamboo-handled flatware would be perfect here. The napkin, tropical as well, is from Pottery Barn.
The brown stemware once belonged to my mother; the Moroccan tea glass that I use for juice, is from World Market.
These are not easy times, and I know that many people are despairing. You can fight that by treating yourself exceptionally well, getting out the good dinnerware, and relaxing and appreciating all that’s good in life.

Goodbye, July!

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Angie's Recipes said...

Beautiful table setting! I love the dinner plate.

Linda said...

What a lovely oasis. I'd have my coffee there in the morning and my wine in the evening. It's so nice that you are outside yet private. You are so right about treating yourself, and that table is spectacular. Love the Lucy vase with baby tears - lol!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

I think i would also enjoy sitting out there in the morning. Like you, I am up earlier as of late, too. Some mornings my walk is over by 7:30!! The is a cute table setting - and I imagine a cocktail and candles at night is very relaxing!

Balvinder said...

All this looks beautiful. I do love to eat in my little garden, hear birds chirping, look at all the greenery and colorful flowers around. Its the best thing in the world.

Pam Richardson said...

Pattie, your table for one is beautiful! I love all of your attention to detail, and who wouldn’t enjoy a meal on your lanai. Happy August! said...

A lovely way to treat yourself, a beautiful table with favorite things! I am crazy over your Lucille Ball vase, that is hilarious! Enjoy Patti!

judee said...

I always enjoy seeing your porch and table settings. What a lovely way to have breakfast !