Friday, July 29, 2016

A Tropical Paradise Tablescape


Welcome!  I am so happy you could join us and I am very excited to be participating in my first blog hop which is entitled, Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop, August 1-5, 2016 put together by Chloe Crabtree of Celebrate and Decorate. Being my first blog hop, I had plenty of questions for her. Of course, the first being can I have an alfresco tablescape set up indoors.  As you can imagine, Wisconsin is having some beastly hot and humid weather with temperatures near 100 degrees with oppressive dew points.  I was relieved to learn that I could avoid melting my tableware and set up my Tropical Paradise tablescape in the sun room/dining room.

Now what would alfresco dining be without some elements from the exotic tropics ?  I have always had a fascination with Bora Bora, a small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia.  The island known for its breathtaking views and glass-bottom bungalows which reside over the crystal clear water is the perfect place to lounge and dine on your own deck overlooking some of the most beautiful turquoise water. When life was throwing its difficulties my way, it was always comforting to joke with friends and colleagues that some day soon they could visit me at my new address......a bungalow above the pristine water of Bora Bora.

Although you can already judge by my previous statement regarding Wisconsin weather that I have not yet realized my fantasy plans.  So the next best thing is to create a bit of the beautiful setting of Bora Bora right here in Wisconsin.  So come along with me as we explore what it would be like to indulge in some alfresco dining on the island of Bora Bora, one of the most stunning islands in the world.

As you relax on your deck, enjoy some sweet, juicy fruit with some tangy lemon fruit dip.



This napkin fold reminds me of the beautiful Red Anthurium that grows on the island.


The colorful, floral tableware, which is made in Indonesia, is called Natural Curiosities by 222 Fifth Avenue.  I am not paid to endorse 222 Fifth Avenue, but I do love their tableware designs.



The Anthurium napkin makes a greater impact for the table in a upright, standing position.





What about a tropical drink to go with the luscious fruit and dip?



Night time candlelight is a must for magnificent island ambiance.



Of course, every tropical table setting shouldn't be without the cute paper umbrellas and umbrella straws.



A few "tropical-looking" flowers and plants among the outside landscape.



The Anthurium napkin fold resembles some of the lush, vibrant green hosta (pictured above) that grows outside the dining room window.

















I hope you enjoyed your visit to tropical paradise.  Don't forget to visit some of the other participants in the Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop:
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32 comments:

  1. A gorgeous tablescape indeed! First your photos of the water and lighthouses are amazing. Now to your table...Stunning! From the dishes, to the napkins, to the centerpiece, and the food, oh my! Your photo's and descriptions almost had me believing I was in the tropics. Enjoy your blog crawl.

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  2. Nicely done! Love the tropical influence- bright colors and the fruit. The napkin folds are great and add a nice visual for the tablescape. Beautiful job!

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  3. Awww This is really like Paradise ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  4. Lovely tropical tablescape. Love all the wonderful colors and the flowers and
    fruit were a great touch.........
    Thanks for sharing......and thanks for coming by my blog....I left you a comment way down the page from where you posted as somehow it got overlooked,
    so sorry about that.

    Have a Blessed week,
    Hugs, Nellie

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  5. Love your cupcake paper coasters! The fruit kabobs have me drooling :) It feels like it is outside with all your tropical touches! Super fun!
    Jenna

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  6. Your table is gorgeous! I love all the pretty bright colors. Every little detail looks perfect from the beautiful plates to the pretty centerpiece. Your flowers in your garden are absolutely breathtaking!!!

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  7. Beautiful table. It has me thinking of a beautiful ocean with waves crashing and a cold rum cocktail. You did a wonderful job with the colors and those dishes are so pretty! Thanks so much for joining us at the DI & DI Link party. Keep dishing it dear lady!

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  8. I feel like I've just been on a tropical vacation thanks to your fabulous colourful tablescape...and indeed, it did feel "al fresco"! That yummy looking fruit and dip along with the refreshing beverage look so inviting. So many wonderful details to take in! The Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop is so fun and I've enjoyed my visit here immensely!

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  9. The windows in your sunroom are gorgeous! It is so bright and pretty in there, that I thought your table was outside! I love the napkin fold, the adorable umbrellas and the fruit kabobs! Such a pretty table! Kim @ CoziNest

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  10. Beautiful and tropical tablescape. I do love tablescapes that make me feel like I am in the islands too. Too cute the umbrellas and the napkin fold is perfect. The dishes are lovely with their pretty floral design. The fruit kabobs are tempting as well. You thought of everything and it is truly paradise.

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  11. Wow, a tropical paradise for sure! I love all the elements that you have used and the fruit looks delicious! I feel as though I have been to a lovely tropical island! Beautiful! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  12. Very tropical indeed! I can almost feel the ocean breeze. The colours are gorgeous, and I love the fresh fruit. I will be "borrowing" your idea of using cupcake liners as coasters! So pretty :)

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  13. Well, Marsha, congratulations on your first blog hop! I absolutely love everything about your table and presentation, including the backdrop of a trip to Bora Bora! You and I have that in common on our bucket lists!
    That lemon dip sounds amazing for the fruit kabobs, and the table elements - the napkin fold, the dishware, the fruit centerpiece - all so colorfully beautiful, truly. Thank you for being a part of this blog hop. I've added myself to your followers, and I hope to get better acquainted through future posts. I'll be on the hop tomorrow. :)
    Rita C at Panoply

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  14. Such a pretty and bright table would bring a sunny summery feeling to anyone lucky enough to dine here. You certainly did evoke that tropical feeling, especially with the fruit and dip and the little paper umbrellas! I love 222 Fifth dishes, too, I know I have several of their different patterns! Thank you so much for participating in the tablescape blog hop!

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  15. Such a pretty and bright table would bring a sunny summery feeling to anyone lucky enough to dine here. You certainly did evoke that tropical feeling, especially with the fruit and dip and the little paper umbrellas! I love 222 Fifth dishes, too, I know I have several of their different patterns! Thank you so much for participating in the tablescape blog hop!

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  16. What a fun party table! Your colors are perfect for creating a friendly get together.

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  17. You have assembled such a pretty and bright table! I so enjoy the true Summer feel and what adorable napkins and pattern choices too!
    Jemma

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  18. Wisconsin can't be too hot if you grow such beautiful flowers. Your fruit displays are delicious looking. Love the color scheme you put together. Lots of inspiration.

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  19. I just love how you created this colorful tropical paradise indoors! Well done... :-) I'm sure this is the first of many upcoming blog hops for you!! You nailed it...

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  20. I just want to say that this is a gorgeous blog, I love the colors you have chosen for it. I also love the tablescape for your tropical paradise! I feel like I am in some tropical island retreat! Great Job Maria

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  21. You know I think I can hear island music playing and smell the scent of the lilies. The lovely pictures of the most appetizing fruit are playing with my taste buds. The fruit looks so fresh and juicy. Cute napkin fold and little umbrellas. I loved those as a child and would still enjoy a tropical drink with a cute umbrella. Very pretty table with such lovely dishes. Hope you can take a trip to Bora Bora.

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  22. I LOVE your table! It does indeed look like a tropical paradise with all of those wonderful colors, the delicious looking fruit, darling paper umbrellas, and charming napkin folds (and how do you get them to stand up so nicely?).

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  23. The fruit'kabobs look so yummy! Pretty plates too! You've created a wonderful tropical paradise! ~Rhonda

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  24. LOVE those floral plates, so pretty!

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  25. Oh, how gorgeous! The colors are magical, and your style is absolutely magazine worthy! Stunning and inspiring!

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  26. I wonder if a table would be done as well in BoraBora. You've captured the island feel.

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  27. I love the floral and fruit combo on your table! That napkin place setting is adorable too!

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  28. Such a beautiful setting and so tropical! For me it transports me to an island paradise! Great job!

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  29. What a beautiful and summery table you've created! I love the little paper parasols. :-)

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  30. Just saw this on Celebrate Your Story #38! Love the hues of this tablescape.

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  31. Your tablescapes, food and decor always make me smile. I love it all. Color, color and more color.

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