Succulent Summertime Table & Aloe Margarita
I can not think of anything more soothing for a hot summer day, than an icy cold Aloe Margarita on a table filled with an oasis of summertime succulents.
This year I have been having a slight obsession with succulents. So much that I decided to do an evergreen display for several of my porches this year for summer. My front porch has succulent hanging baskets and a gardenia tree where I normally have a lot of colorful annuals. I did mostly green and mostly succulents, honestly because they can survive this heat in Georgia.
This summer I wanted to do something a little different, last year I had my Seaglass Table and my usual Red, White and Blue tablescape. I still want a summer time feeling but with a cool undertone of a calm soothing oasis, filled with lush greenry and tranquil watery blues.
I found these cute little mini pots that I was able to add a single silk succulent stem to at each place setting. Then I added my antique sugar mold to the center and removed a few candles to make room for a few more varieties of succulents stems.
I found this great table runner at World Market and added these great denim napkins for visual interest. I really like how the blue played well with the green and sage colors of the succulents. Some how this table runner reminded me of a desert sky, with blue moons and golden stars, even though it is clearly an English garden based design, lol. I guess we see what we want to see.
I also really like the way the lace placemats, that I purchase for Easter, looked layered under the runner. I mean come on, denim and lace? It almost gives the table a Coachella vibe, if that is even possible. Which is about as quintessential “fun in the desert” as you can get.
I find that when you add lots of layers to a table it creates a lux feeling simply by adding texture. This is texture that your guest can not only see but they can actually touch too. I think we talked a little about designing for senses, in the post about Hygge Design, which explains how this type of design will put your guests at ease and make them feel more comfortable in your home.
This design style is the exact reason I opted to go with the burlap chargers. It adds a rustic feel, along with a botanical vibe, due to the hemp weave. Burlap always says casual and understated, so it is the perfect way to dress down a table. I also think it gives a nod towards sand, as well by way of it’s color.
To carry the rustic desert look through to the sideboard I add a few more plants and succulents, a top a large wooden cake stand to anchor the vignette. I added a lovely copper wire basket and a galvanized vintage egg basket, And I have to admit that mixed metals are kind of my thing right now. I also added in a lovely pillar candle that was a gift from my friend a Frontgate and just the perfect addition to this area.
I thought the raw sugar mold candles, actually looked pretty nice tossed about. Which I admit was by sheer accident, since that was where they landed as I removed them to make room for the succulents. You got to love it when you turn around from one project to find you have accidentally, artfully created something else equally as lovely, lol.
The Aloe Margarita:
So, this was something fun I have been wanting to try. Plus it seemed like the perfect addition to my tablescape theme. First of all, let just say I love aloe water. It is very hydrating after a long day in the sun and heat. It can also soothe an upset tummy too. So of course my mind thought why not rehydrate while you drink??? Clearly I am not Dr. Oz, but it seemed like a good idea and it really was!
THE SHOPPING LIST:
- 2 cups of Ice
- 1 bottle of Aloe Water
- 2 cups Margarita Wine Cooler
- 2 shots of Tequila (you can add more, this is just a starting point)
Put all ingredients into the blender and mix until you get a slushy consistency.
Even though I just used my basic retro blender, I am pretty sure this recipe can be adapted to a margarita machine too. The idea is to make it like a daiquiri consistency. Aloe water tends to have chunks of aloe inside the drink which will get blended down. If you prefer to keep those, I recommend pouring the Aloe water over the top of the slush at the end.
Top it off with a festive straw, invite a few friends over to share them with and enjoy! I did notice that it actually cut down the the effects of a possible tequila hangover the next day. So, maybe there is really something too it? I really imagine this refreshing drink being sipped by the pool or on the beach, someplace that you need the hydration but still are getting your vacation on.
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