Enjoy dinner on the porch on these long summer evenings with this inspiration for a blue and white Coastal Grandmother style table setting!

Deck furniture with dinner setting

I love these long summer evenings when it doesn’t get dark until after 9! It is so different from winter here, when the sun begins to set at 3:30. I plan on soaking up every glorious moment!

My first visitors of the summer arrive soon for the long holiday weekend! These are friends from work, who knew me long before I was Molly in Maine. In planning for their visit, I am thinking a casual dinner on the porch is a great way to catch up!

Choosing a Spot

Deck with bushes

We have an outdoor dining table, but something a little more intimate would be nice for old friends. This covered seating area, with a wicker settee, weathered cedar Adirondack chairs, and an old wooden lobster trap coffee table has the best views. Perfect!

By the way, just look at how big my Limelight Hydrangea bushes are already! Wait until you see them when they are in full bloom in August!

Getting Ready

I gathered the tableware together and snipped a few roses from the yard. Of course Maddie was there to help!

Caskata Tableware

Caskata, a small New England business that makes beautiful tableware, recently sent me these fun sea creature salad plates and coordinating striped dinner plates. I love the mix and match patterns — even more perfect in my favorite coastal blues! The mouth-blown crystal tumblers are also from Caskata. I have used them almost daily since I received them last fall. They are perfect for a festive gathering or just my nightly glass of kombucha!

Sea Creatures

I love the different patterns on the salad plates! Which one is your favorite — the fish, the crab, the octopus, or the starfish? It is so hard to choose, right?! That’s why I got one of each!

Those Views!

It turned out to be such a beautiful evening! I was wishing my visitors were already here. Instead, I poured myself a glass of kombucha to toast summer!

Do you see how the view is reflected in the window?!

Our evenings have been surprisingly chilly recently. (Hello again, temps in the 40’s!) A cozy cotton blend jacquard knit blanket from Chappy Wrap is my go-to for porch sitting this time of year. I have them in several patterns!

That geranium on the side table is the one I wintered-over from last summer. Like me, I bet it is happy to be back outside again!

Greetings, Neighbors!

The houses on both sides of us are mostly seasonal homes or summer rentals. It is nice to see lights on at night and hear gentle chatter, as people return for the summer!

Porch Details

Decor pieces aren’t just for indoors! It is fun to add them to outdoor spaces too!

The wall planter (one of a pair) is from Home Goods. I think the design on it looks like mussel shells!

The vintage blue shutters and handmade driftwood fish were both local finds.

I collected the mussel shells and sea glass on the beach!

Cheers to long summer evenings on the deck! Thank you for joining me there!

Shop the Post

I am sharing links below to some of the items I have featured in this post. If an item was purchased locally, is no longer available, or is one-of-a-kind, I have suggested something similar. Keep in mind that since I have not actually seen those items, I cannot personally vouch for them. If you purchase through these links, it won’t change your price, but I will receive some compensation. I hope you enjoy this easy way to bring a little Maine style into your home!

The Caskata dishes and glasses can be purchased on their website here.


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