Thursday, August 16, 2012

Watermelons & Ants

I was going to set the table outside by the pool for Cuisine Kathleen’s Summer Fun party, but the temps are supposed to be in the triple digits again today. So I have brought the party inside. Good thing that the ants were invited and are not real.

I definitely wouldn’t want these guys inside. 


Actually, if they were real I wouldn’t want to see them anywhere.


Summer fun brings to mind the relaxed easy days of summer and that means watermelon. What could be easier than a huge fruit that you can slice and eat? Summer seems to start with its arrival.

Did you know that watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind and fleshy center. (From Wikipedia)


My beautiful lace edged napkins were a gift from my friend Robin. The napkin holders are tablecloth weights.

I went a little crazy & decided that watermelon would be served during every course.  We will have pink passion fruit iced tea, if you want a kick you can add some Smirnoff® Watermelon Vodka. There is extra tea on the sideboard and more in the fridge.


Soup: Watermelon Gazpacho w/ Blue Popped Popcorn.


Salad: Watermelon, Mango & Spinach Salad (
recipe here).


Entrée: Grilled Watermelon, Chicken & Asparagus.

Dessert: What else? Vanilla ice  cream with slices of watermelon and maybe some Biscoff cookies.

Don’t worry I’ll remove the starfish before serving your dessert.


Luckily, the red ant stopped by the sideboard to see what was happening up there. Maybe he thought there was something in the shells.


Go ahead and munch on some popcorn while I get the soup.


Just stay away from these two climbing on the cake stand. The cake stand was also used as a centerpiece for the Gift From the Sea table.


I think they’ll fight you for the watermelon.


Thanks for visiting, may your day be cool.

Stitch at you soon,

Plates & Glasses: Home Goods
Watermelon Dishes: Linens & Things
Soup Bowls: Longaberger – retired
Flatware: Ages ago ??
Napkins: Gift from Robin (TJ Maxx)
Pitcher: Gift from Vickie (Lenox Butterfly Meadow)
Cake Plate: Home Goods
Placemats: Very old Mary Engelbreit
Ants: Backyard

I am joining Kathleen @ Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish
Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday


  1. Love this theme - perfect for August - so cute and bright!

  2. Oh Dawna, I love your table with the exception of the HUGE ants lol! Such a cute idea and you played it off well! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment ♥ I am a new follower!

  3. those ants are soo cute. Love them especially over the watermelon! Your placemats are wonderful.. love them. did you make them? Okay watermelon everything.. well it's just fine with me! great table. xo marlis

    1. The placemats are from years ago, they are Mary Engelbreit and are actually the back side. I will try to use the other side soon. I'm sure you could whip some up easily using the binder accessory.

  4. Your tablescape is adorable, so full of whimsy. I love the ants!..Christine

  5. Very cute! Those are some big ants! Watermelon is versatile isn't it! I saw a picture of it being grilled! Love your plates and even the basket with just the right colors! Those are very cute placemats- did you make them?

  6. What a wonderful and creative tablescape! I just love all the thought you used on each course with watermelon as an item. Where did you get the giant ants they are so cute! All the ants and watermelon accessories make this a very fun table. My favorite is your stack of plates and bowl. The white square dinner plate is lovely. Summer fun!

    Thnaks, Pam

  7. Had those ants at our last local quilt get-together in July. Definitely made a statement! At that time the temps were in those triple digits but in the last 2 weeks we have had a dramatic turn around. High today is a measly 72F! Gotta love it! Your table is amazing and the watermelon vodka sounds like a really good addition (in moderation, of course!!).

  8. Cute! I'd love to sit with you at that table!

  9. This is so adorable! What would summer be without ants and watermelon! Your all watermelon menu sounds delicious! Very cute post!

  10. I love your indoor party! So whimsical and fun! Summer fun is definitely watermelon, and I know your ants don't bite!
    Thanks so much for joining in ay Let's Dish!

  11. What a fun table...those ants are a hoot!

  12. Love your watermelon table. Those ants are huge! I sure wouldn't want to encounter them in real life! Thanks for your sweet visit to my table last week. Hopefully I will be back on a more regular basis soon!


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