Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Summer Blues

Welcome to the Summer Tablescape Hop hosted by Rita at Panoply:

It was a beautiful sunny day on Oneida Lake.....

....the perfect setting for lunch with a friend....

.....the table was set to match the view....

....lake blue!

The salad plates are from Pottery Barn and perfect for Beet or Radish Salad:

1 cup diced beets (8 oz can), drained, save liquid 
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 t horseradish
dash salt
Mix together and add a bit of liquid if too thick

Pour dressing over 4 lettuce wedges.

Radish Salad:
1 1/4 cup sliced fresh radishes
1 handful fresh parsley
1 handful fresh dill
2 tbsp olive oil
1 ½ tsp lemon juice
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
Wash and slice radishes into thin circles.
Transfer to a bowl and add chopped herbs, olive oil, lemon juice and spices.
Mix well and let it chill for 15 minutes.

The luncheon plates are from Hobby Lobby:

Tea Sandwiches:
Pesto Chicken Mix 2 teaspoons pesto with 2 tablespoons olive oil; brush on thin baguette rounds. Top with sliced cooked chicken breast and halved grape tomatoes. Drizzle with more pesto oil.

Smoked Turkey–Apple Brush the inside of a split baguette with softened butter. Fill with smoked turkey, cheddar cheese and sliced apple, and season with salt and pepper. Slice; top with a dollop of apple jelly.

Ricotta-Orange Cut whole-wheat bread into squares. Sandwich with fresh ricotta cheese and orange marmalade. 

The placemats are from Amy Montgomery Home.

The blue Godinger champagne flute are perfect for Mimosas.

Pour 2 oz OJ into a champagne flute and fill flute with chilled Prosecco

The charger plates are from the Dollar Tree:

How to make Menu Banner:  
I simply cut a piece of white fabric and used a royal blue marker to write the menu.  The flowers were made out of old jeans and helped to keep the banner weighted down - they were hot glued onto the fabric.  Find the directions to make the denim flowers HERE

Surprise luncheon guests:

Photos taken on Oneida Lake, Cicero, NY


Please hop around to see some lovely table settings from these talented bloggers:

Home is Where the Boat Is - Hydrangeas and Butterflies
Life and Linda - A Boho Alfresco Tablescape
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Summer Plaid and Polka Dot Picnic
Living With Thanksgiving - Summer Blessings
The Painted Apron - Boats, Floats and Fish!
Pandora's Box - Summer Blues
From My Carolina Home - Welcome Summer Tablescapes
The Bookish Dilettante - Summer Tablescape:  Old Glory
My Thrift Store Addiction - Summer Picnic Brunch under the Texas Mountain Laurel
Red Cottage Chronicles - Lemon Tablescape for Summer
Hyacinths for the Soul - Long May She Wave
Dinner at Eight - A Summer of Colors

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. Lovely, Patti!! The blue is a perfect complement to the gorgeous view. Your menu banner is such a fun idea!

  2. Now THAT's a picture of summer! Oh my, this is wonderful. I adore those blues, perfect match to the lake, and the crisp white contrasting - looks like something we'd see from picturesque Hamptons! DT for the chargers?! Wow! Love the placemats, napkins and champagne flutes too. I thought the runner was a photo edited feature, that's so creative! Really a nice way to spend time with a special friend, playing with dishes, having mimosas, and enjoying the view. Thanks for such a creative tablescape Patti!

  3. Patti, the lakeside view is gorgeous. The banner menu is amazing and the menu sounds fabulous. The blues do match the lake. What a wonderful spot to enjoy time with a friend and mimosas! It is always a pleasure to hop with you!

  4. Patti, such a great idea to lunch with a friend at the lake. Lovely view to enjoy a yummy lunch. Love the idea of creating a menu out of cloth. The font is so fun and yet elegant. The blues are so pretty against the waters's edge. DT is the best for some items. The turtle plates are so cute and look fabulous with the placemats. Happy summer.

  5. Oneida Lake looks like a perfect spot for lunch. I love the oval wicker table, and the menu banner is so clever. Yes, the blues reflect the lake. Perfect choice! How fun to have lunch with a friend lakeside. Happy Summer!

  6. Patti, now I want cream puffs...LOL. I am not too fond of beets so beet salad on your menu banner is not a favorite. but radish salad recipe you included sounds delish. You have a very pretty background with the lake and the white wicker table. great job.

  7. Patti, I'd love to click my heels together and find myself seated at your darling wicker table lakeside! Is the table itself a vintage or antique piece? It's very special in it's shape and look. Wonderfully styling with the blue and white coastal tableware. I do love beets, and both it and the radish recipe sound wonderful.

  8. Patti, what a pretty view you have for your lovely table setting and I love the turtle plates!

  9. What a beautiful lakeside setting Patti! The blue pitcher of flowers and the blue champagne glasses look so pretty against the blue lake in the background. I like your placemats and plate stacks too. I was curious about the Menu cloth from the moment I saw it, I can't believe you made it, what a fun idea! Your menu sounds delightful, thanks for including the recipes, and pass the mimosas please!

  10. Wow, Patti! I love it! The first thing that caught my eye was the menu banner. That is so cute, and it makes your guest happily anticipate what's being served. The denim flowers are a very clever idea to keep the banner from blowing in the wind. I love your plate stacks, and the vintage MacKenzie-Childs coffee pot used as a vase is perfect for your lakeside setting. Is it from the Camp MacKenzie-Childs collection? So cute! I hope you have a Happy Summer, My Friend!

  11. Oh Patti - what a gorgeous spot for lunch with a special friend - the view is just beautiful! Your table is set so perfectly to match. The plate stack is so pretty and I love your sea life salad plates. It's such a clever and creative menu banner that you made and your menu sounds delicious. What a great find the chargers were from the DT. I hope you enjoy your special lunch and I wish you a very happy summer!

  12. What a wonderful way to spend the day on the lake! Love your menu runner, so creative. I clicked over to see your denim roses. Happy to hop with you again. Happy Summer!

  13. Wow, Patti, Your table for two is perfect for the lake. How cute your DIY menu banner is! I'm loving all the blues and texture in your plate stack. The pitcher makes a lovely vase.
    The menu sounds wonderful! Cheers to summer!

  14. Pretty table in a pretty setting!! Your blue choices look lovely against the water. Your menu runner is very creative. Have a wonderful summer!☀️🩴

  15. What a beautiful view to have that yummy lunch. Kris

  16. What a wonderful way to enjoy lunch -- table prettily set next to a beautiful view! Have a great summer@

  17. Your table perfectly compliments your view Patti! Great details - I especially love your personalized table runner/menu! It makes feel extra special! Aren't those chargers from Dollar Tree the best?! I picked some of those up too! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tablescape ideas, crafts and recipes! They are a great kick-off to the season! Happy Summer! ❤️ Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life ❤️

  18. Patti, what a wonderful place to have a luncheon. And you captured your surroundings beautifully in your table design. I love your use of various blue to complement the gorgeous lakeside. I loved your unique Menu runner. That is a wonder idea. You certainly had my tummy growling with your menu list. Those are darling sea-themed plates to accent your lunch by the waterside. I could almost taste those lovely tea sandwiches. I am sure it was a very relaxing and memorable luncheon. Happy Summer and enjoy!

  19. Patti, how lovely to dine right by the water. What a fun place setting. Love your menu “board” and the recipes.

  20. Patti, what a view for your perfect seaside tablescape. I do adore the table itself too! The blue champagne flutes are lovely! But, your menu.....absolutely love it! Thank you for sharing your process as I have a feeling I will be making one or two of these myself for some upcoming gatherings!