We ended the evening with (decaffeinated) espresso.
Also Milano cookies and strawberries.
Cheap white votive candle in an antique clear punch glass on the right.
Emptied red wine glasses!
On handmade placemats by my friend F.
That red geranium always seems wildly in bloom!
The string lights draping twice across the front of my balcony railing are clear spherical glass globe lights from Target. I love them. I think of them as Italian outdoor lights, but I believe Kate referred to them as "cafe lights." I can picture them strung across an open space for an outdoor party or hanging from a leafy pergola for a meal at the table.
I switch them out every once in awhile with my string that remind me of carnevale because of the iridescent quality like the carnival antique glassware my mom sells and they're very similar to ones depicted in cover art of a book- an anthology of travel narratives on Italy. Behind the lights in the photograph is a canal in Venice.
Stumbled across these lights of mine in a slideshow from Real Simple,
which inspired this post.
Here's a closeup...
Available at Target.
I bought them years ago, before they were part of the line Threshold.
I probably only have a couple of strings of both. I should purchase more and hang them all over my beloved balcony! I certainly use them.