Simple Spring Outdoor Tablescape

Have you ever had one of those days when everything seems so right with the world it almost catches you off guard? I had one of those days last Saturday. We made plans to go to the movies something I hadn’t done in months. After the movies we ate at a new restaurant with cuisine I had never even considered eating before. I’m a somewhat picky eater and whenever I hear the words, “Hey, do you want to try that new place in ——?” I instantly feel a knot in my stomach. It’s like somehow my adventure gene is going to be challenged and I don’t want to blow it. But I went and it was good and I’ll definitely go back.

It was a gorgeous day, so after lunch, we shopped the market for groceries. I can’t even tell you how much it’s helped to have a weekly menu in place. After putting away the groceries, I had time to sneak in a nap, which felt heavenly because it hardly ever happens. I put a load of laundry in the washing machine and we started the meal prep to grille out for dinner. Then I set about feeding the birds. I was walking back into the house after refilling all of the seed feeders on the property. The sun was getting ready to set over our little patch of the island. And in that small every day ordinary moment, I felt so blessed. Yes, it gets overwhelming and the to do list feels endless sometimes. But I don’t want to be so busy with my to do list that I miss the blessings that happen every day. It’s in the seemingly ordinary mundane tasks we do everyday that creates the compilation of our memories. And since we have to do these things each day anyway, I want to take the time to enjoy those ordinary tasks as much as I can.

So I grabbed one of my favorite sheets and I covered our outdoor dining table.

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Then I went to the pantry gathered up glass canning jars and picked up votives from around the house. I took a few cuttings from the bushes that are in bloom out front and placed them in the canning jars.

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We ate off the same ironstone dishes my mom and aunt have had for years and used my favorite lace trimmed napkins.

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We sat on chairs normally reserved for our dining or kitchen table and shared a simple meal. My Mom is probably sighing reading this, “There is no green on this plate, Coco.” But just look at those grille marks.

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It took about 10 minutes to set up. That’s all. 10 minutes to create a simple spring outdoor tablescape made from just another ordinary moment.

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Many blessings,



  1. says

    Dear CoCo – It is so serendipitous when moments like this happen. I’m so happy you were able to capture the feeling and express it with your tablescape. It must have felt so wonderful to have such a lighthearted day. And…the grill marks are beautiful 🙂

  2. says

    This is a beautiful post Coco! You expressed so sweetly how ordinary things and moments can be such a blessing. Thanks for sharing your moments (and beautiful dinner) with us! Blessings and hugs!

    • CoCo says

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Angie! I getting better every day about appreciating the small daily tasks that at times seem totally insignificant yet mean so much. Sending you hugs for a happy day, CoCo

    • CoCo says

      Ha ha Lori, I appreciate that so much thank you! It’s definitely on my goal list this year to slow down and enjoy the every day moments in life. Hope you have a happy day today, Coco

    • CoCo says

      If anyone can appreciate those grille marks Bobbi, I know it’s you girl! Thank you bunches for your kind comments. I love outdoor dinners too. I plan to enjoy as many as I can 🙂 Hugs, Coco

  3. says

    I just love your outlook on things CoCo! I want to try harder to create special moments like you did with your outdoor dinner. I want my kids to have fun memories of their childhood and I firmly believe you don’t need Disneyland to make that happen. Sometimes busting out the fancy napkins and really good grill marks are enough :).

    • CoCo says

      Thank you for your sweet comments, Amy. I grew up with fancy napkins, picking vegetables and Disney World but it’s the fancy napkins and the time spent in the garden or making dinner with my mom that we always talk about. You’re a great Mom and I have no doubt your boys are going to be amazing. Sending you big hugs from Florida, Coco