Southern Lady Magazine

Set to Serve: Colors of Summer


When your creative workspace doubles as a fine spot for plein-air dining, make your artistic pursuits your muse for an avant-garde gathering awash with color. 



Rather than pack away an alfresco studio when you’re expecting guests, re-envision the inspired space as a casual dinner setting.  Imagine a white wooden table as your canvas, and set it with brightly brushed china and handblown stemware that are themselves works of art. The easel transitions into this landscape nicely, whether displaying a summer scene in progress or perhaps a watercolor version of the evening’s menu. A delectable dessert is easily carried away from the table, allowing guests to seek the best spot in the garden for watching the watercolor streaks of a setting sun.


Art Elements
Incorporate art supplies into the décor with neat groupings of paints, brushes, and other materials. Look for clever ways to echo the theme on the table—tall slender flowers arranged in a clear vase resemble brushes waiting to be rinsed.


Studio Setting

Celebrate this inspiring workspace by using it as the backdrop for a summer’s eve gathering where creative endeavors are part of the atmosphere.

Got to the next page to get our summer inspired menu!



Dine by Color

Enjoy conversation—and possibly even friendly critiques—over a round of Peachy Keen Martinis. Then delight guests with dishes like Grilled Zucchini & Summer Squash that play off the color scheme and please the palate. Enjoy garden-fresh vegetables, Grilled Salmon with Basil-Lime Butter Sauce, and Orzo Pilaf with Tomatoes & Feta even more with zesty spices, tangy marinades, and the savory flavor that can only come from a fired-up grill. Don’t forget to end things on a sweet note with our delicious Pineapple Mousse dessert.

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