Fall Al Fresco Entertaining

fall table setting and 5 minute centerpiece

Al fresco. It just sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? Well, that’s how I feel about our lake cottage patio. Dreamy. It’s so peaceful and I’m so excited that we’re finally here and able to share it with others. So, unless it’s pouring down rain or freezing cold, we’ll be dining al fresco to make the most of the picturesque fall weekends.

entertaining al fresco for fall

lake-view

fall table setting and 5 minute centerpiece

Last weekend was especially special to me – my sister joined us at the lake! We spent our summers boating with my mom, who loved to ski and longed to live on the water. We haven’t spent a weekend at a lake together since our mom passed 11 years ago, which made boating and floating this past weekend even more memorable.

entertaining al fresco for fall

fall table setting and 5 minute centerpiece

I put together another simple centerpiece, with candles, some inexpensive eucalyptus and plumcots, but any fruits and foraged finds will do, in fact, as we were driving around the cove, I spotted very similar leaves. Olive branches would be beautiful as well, but, they’re not accessible in the midwest. I think I spent $6 and of course, it took about 5 minutes to create. Ready?

fall table setting and 5 minute centerpiece

Ingredients:

candles

plumcots or fruit

eucalyptus, olive branches or your favorite leafy stems

 

The Flower Recipe:

Starting at the center of your table, place your candles. Fall decorating | 5 minute fruit centerpiece

Trim and insert branches between your candles, starting at one side. You don’t need branches between all candles. Fall decorating | 5 minute fruit centerpiece

Use smaller branches to layer and fan out. Work around your table and look at it from all directions. Fall decorating | 5 minute fruit centerpiece Fall decorating | 5 minute fruit centerpiece

Place your plumcots near the candles and maybe even nestle one in between. Fall decorating | 5 minute fruit centerpiece Fall decorating | 5 minute fruit centerpiece Fall decorating | 5 minute fruit centerpiece

Easy, right? I love that you can make a table feel special, without a lot of effort. Even more, I love when you can enjoy your table for days! Eucalyptus dries beautifully and can stand alone so that you have have your centerpiece and eat it, too {the plumcots}.

fall table setting and 5 minute centerpiece

fall table setting and 5 minute centerpiece

outdoor dining room

outdoor dining room

You can read more about our patio furniture and follow along all of my adventures at #calmwatercottage here!

fall table setting and 5 minute centerpiece

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Happy September!

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

 

 

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