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Gallery » Outdoor Entertaining: Tuscan Dinner

The setting is casual and relaxed. Extra seating allows guests to sit together and chat over a glass of chianti or basil lemonade. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
Mismatched chairs at the table add character and can be used for additional seating. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
Jars of tomato antipasto relish, served at the meal, are wonderful tidings guests can bring home to remember the special meal. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
Fuss-free floral cuttings in pretty bottles offer a simple beauty. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
Herbs are displayed and used throughout the setting and meal, capturing the overall theme of the event. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
Another seating area is created simply with a few outdoor couches. Throw in colorful linens for comfort and color. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
Sunflowers always make a cheery table decoration. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
Lemons in large mason jars add color and support the rustic theme. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
Rattan is an earthy accent that brings in a natural appeal to the setting. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
Utensils are placed in mason jars, which play double duty as drinking glasses. Playful Teddy Bear sunflowers add color and are a natural favor to be enjoyed by guests. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
A long farm table is quintessentially Italian and beckons guests to sit and stay awhile. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
Herbs, flowers and garden-picked offerings all find their way to the table—not only will they be enjoyed with the meal, they also add a jolt of natural beauty to the setting. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
A vintage bicycle adds visual appeal, while its basket can keep extra bread on hand. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)
The menu should be simple and fresh, paying homage to Tuscan cuisine. There is fresh mozzarella and tomato caprese served aside pasta. (Written and photographed by Jacqueline deMontravel.)