Monday, September 20, 2021

Fall Al Fresco Tray for One!

This is one of my favorite fall items to pull out of my decoration bins.  It's a large enamel tray and I have used it quite often.

Recently I used it for dinner - just for me - as John was at a golf tournament and dinner with his buddies.

I ate dinner out on the back patio.....

.... and set the tray with a stack of dishes and a pretty napkin folded as a rose!

I flanked a melamine fall dish with 2 Mackenzie-Childs dishes and topped them with an artificial pumpkin:

I used the MacKenzie-Childs Black Tie flatware and a little fall arrangement in an enamel herb pot:

The pillow was made by my dear friend, Jenna, @ The Painted Apron.  
You can see her lovely work HERE

The dinner was delish!

  John doesn't like "breakfast for dinner" so when he isn't here for dinner, I often will make a myself a 'breakfast dinner'.   So, what did I make?

Quiche and salad is always a quick fix! 

Then I wrapped a blanket around my shoulders and flipped thru a few magazines until the sun set and the temps dropped!

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. How fun to treat yourself with a beautifully decorated Fall tray and dinner al fresco! I love quiche for dinner, yum... Thank you for the shout out and links, I am so glad you still love your pillow, I love seeing it in your photos :) We are supposed to finally get cooler temps later this week, and hopefully there will be some outdoor dining soon~

  2. You really know how to “treat yo’self!!!!” It’s so important to surround yourself with things that make you happy and just relax.

  3. A lovely way to enjoy your dinner or breakfast on the terrace. Such a pretty setting with the tray and MC's pieces. I really love the napkin folded into a rose and Jenna's pillow Is lovely and perfect for the setting. The recipe sounds delicious. Have a wonderful week......

  4. Lovely fall setting, Patti! I sometimes set a table for one. It's relaxing to dine alfresco with a good book or magazine. Your details are perfectly fall.