Fall days in Virginia can be the best time of the year to be outside. Without the humidity we often experience in summer, and the mild temperatures, it is pleasant and enjoyable. So we were off to spend an evening at our lake property right outside of Blackstone, Virginia, in Nottoway County.
Just an hour from our home, we were excited to have some close friends join us for dinner and conversation. Photo courtesy of Bill Fischer
The road leading to the lake is cut right through a soybean field, which, I believe, is ready for harvesting. Photo courtesy of Bill Fischer
We have had quite a bit of work done this summer, and now it is an enjoyable retreat with a beautiful view of the lake. Before we had the patios built, I set up a table in the same spot. See it here.
We often joke that we put the cart before the horse, because there is no house or cabin on this property, only a camper. But to have a working bathroom and electricity is a beautiful thing.
Using the upper patio as our dining area, I set the table simply with a floral runner and a pumpkin centerpiece.
Using an artificial garland as a base, I added fresh greenery and nandina berries. I curved the garland around the centerpiece and added taper candles.
Adding extra flowers, berries, and greenery to an artificial garland really makes it full and lush.
The napkins and runner have a white base, with the orange and green leaves which are so appropriate this time of the year.
I felt like I had hit the jackpot when I found these dishes a few years ago at a TJ Maxx store in South Carolina. I like the fact that they are white, but with the colors of fall.
For my centerpiece, I started with a white pumpkin from Michaels and carved out a hole in the top for oasis. Then I added alstromeria, berries, and fresh greenery from my back yard.
I tried to use the oasis on the top of the pumpkin by attaching it to the stem per pinterest tutorial, but it didn't work so well for me. It was easy to cut open the top and add the oasis.
With limited storage here, I have to plan ahead and cart all my accoutrements from home.
and enjoy the view with a cocktail.
All ready for the guests to arrive!
I use these pumpkin plates quite frequently in the fall for salad, appetizers, or dessert!
The landscapers we used also help us at home. They were so excited to do this job, and it shows in the quality of work that was done.
After our guests arrived, we began to prepare dinner. Nothing like steaks on a wood fire! Photo courtesy of Bill Fischer
While the steaks were cooking in the firepit, we were also preparing grilled chicken, corn and asparagus on the green egg. (sorry for the grainy picture, used my phone)
A view of the area from above. Photo courtesy of Bill Fischer
Candles are lit!
Even though the lighting for pictures wasn't great, here are a few taken in the evening. Enjoy!
Thanks for visiting, hope you enjoyed your visit. For more on the evening and my friend Bill's Chinook experiences, visit his blog, http://chinookconcourse.tumblr.com/