May 27, 2010

Dining Alfresco

I like to eat all of my meals outdoors during the summer months - sans the bugs and creepy crawlies. And this beautiful table is inspiration enough to create an inviting space for a party or just because. Don't be afraid to mix tag sale finds with items you might have kicking around the house. This is where old and new really can come together in style.

Cafe string lights and galvanized beverage contaner from Pottery Barn.
Wicker and rope tray and candlesticks inspired by 19th century English pottery from Restoration Hardware.

The perfect little side dish...

My Pasta Salad

2 boxes of tri-color rotini
3/4 of a jar roasted red peppers, chopped
3-4 tomatoes (I use red and yellow), diced
1 can of black olives, sliced or chopped
1/2 cup of Newman's Own Olive Oil & Vinegar dressing
1 tsp. kosher salt
Black pepper to taste

Prepare pasta and then submerge in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. All of the ingredients are to taste, but start with smaller amounts because you can always add more. I like to use less dressing and flavor the pasta with the juice of the tomatoes and peppers instead.

Top image via House Beautiful


Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Your pasta looks divine! Love dining al fresco, too!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Kimberly,
I share you love of alresco dining. Whan shall we meet? The pasta sald looks delicious - my honey and I like to picnic at all the parks around the city and I'm definitely making this for our next outing!
Hope you week has gone well; lots of business I'm sure! Have a good weekend!

Kimberly Merritt said...

We ate the pasta this weekend and it was yummy.

I have been very busy trying to wrap up business before I leave for vacation. But a lunch date sounds divine Mimi. :o)