Breakfast in a French Cafe

Welcome to the 21st Tablescape Tuesday!

A Scene from a French Cafe…

Speaking in a heavy French accent, you are greeted by your waiter, Jean Claude…who with a grand wave of his right arm, says, “Right this way Madame and Mademoiselle, I have your breakfast all ready and waiting for you.

Please excuse this napkin…I mean scarf, the boss is making me wear. She insists I coordinate with the tablescape…silliest thing I’ve ever heard.”

Breakfast for two…Quelle bonne idée !

Jean Claude


Creamware is Butler’s Pantry, Gourmet by Lenox; Fruit-patterned china is Melina by Villeroy & Boch.

Breakfast in a French Cafe



Que c’est délicieux!


Ahhh, yes…I would like to introduce my tablescape consultant, extraordinaire…Monsieur Ecureuil. The shutters in this little french cafe’ were wide open as I prepared this tablescape. Mr. Squirrel…uh…I mean Monsieur Ecureuil, sat and watched my every move to make sure I was doing a good job.


Jean Claude looks quite pleased with his table setting.

Found these “French” juice glasses at Williams-Sonoma many years ago…Parfait!

Love how the fruit design works with the Melina pattern.



“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” John Gunther


I love a layered look so I’m using both placemats and chargers in this breakfast setting.

(Lace chargers are from Horchow, online…purchased around a year ago.)


This was the first time I’ve ever used these egg cups.


Bon appétit!

Comme il est beau! Mais je te jure que c’est vrai!
(Translation: He is so handsome! But I swear, it’s true!)

Update: I’ve had quite a few folks asking where I found Jean Claude. He came from our local Home Depot Expo quite a few years ago.

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  1. Oh, I love that pig!!! Great Breakfast table, Susan!!!! Blessings, nancy

  2. Love the layers! I have the Butler’s Pantry plates myself but what is the charger? Love it!

  3. Lady Katherine says

    Jean Claude is so handsome! I love the cream with all the layers, its so… lovely. Such a great setting, I also love the glass, so French! Can I borrow Jean Claude? Oh and I have fallen in love with egg cups, after seeing Gollums. Yours are wonderful!

  4. Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity says

    Susan, I love your tablescape. The fruit pattern is beautiful. I adore your chargers. I was planning on doing a tablescape. But, I was struck with a nasty flu. I am really not up to it. I am sorry. Just thought I’d let you know. It was fun taking a peek at yours real quick.
    Hugs, Terrie

  5. Kathleen Ellis says

    What a cheery breakfast table…are the croissants in the oven? Ahhh…yes! I can smell them now! Mmmmmm! Jean claude has thought of every detail…give him a raise!

    Have a happy week!


  7. Love your piggy!!!!! Table was so cozy, and love the chargers! I have oodles of them, and shall never have enough!

  8. I love it all….

  9. The red plaid is so gorgeous beneath the white pottery! I love your chargers–and Jean Claude is adorable.

  10. Jean Claude sure looks handsome in his scarf. LOL! Love the tiny visitor too. It must really be wonderful and so relaxing to have breakfast out there in the porch. I used to have brunch parties in our porch in Florida when I lived there and it was really nice. Love the table as usual, especially the egg cups, and those chargers of yours are my favorite….Christine

  11. I hope I remember everything I want to comment on. First of all the breakfast table is lovely. The fruit theme is perfect. I love the glasses – each one different. And I love the egg cups. It brought back such memories. My grandpa loved 3 minute eggs and always knew just how to tap the top of the egg to open it. Seriously, I can see him doing it in my head right now! Great tablescape as usual. Mine will be up shortly!

  12. Miss Janice says

    Susan, every Tuesday you amaze me! I love the pig and goodness gracious–I can’t believe Monsieur Ecureuil is there! Susan, this tablescape is so cute. The china and the placemats are so cute together and I love the egg cups! Bravo…once again!

  13. Oh, Susan! This tablescape is wonderful! That Jean Claude is so dapper and cute! I love everything you’ve done! You are truly the Tablescape Hostess with the Mostess! My tablescape is up and running!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  14. Ma'dame French says

    Lovelye tablescape;) Love the red!! Just got here hopefully in time now I have to get post ready;) Oldie but that’s all I had time for;) Hugs French

  15. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    Beautiful breakfast table, Susan! I set a breakfast table, too. Great minds.

  16. Hi Susan…I love the red and ofcourse the squirrel….we are being over run by squirrels but ours aren’t invited for a lovely brunch, they are just eating the house…..

  17. That’s a 4 oink table…How pretty and inviting! Love all the egg cups here, but I think I NEED a few..
    Very inviting, thanks!

  18. Hi Susan,
    Just beautiful, I feel like I am in a Paris cafe. I just want to come over for a cup of coffee.

  19. What time is breakfast? I will be there! Darling, love Chef Pigge’.
    All so darling.
    Mine will post will go up tonight.

  20. cityfarmer says

    what time do we eat?

  21. Light and Voices says

    I was impressed with how the egg was in the cup and ready to eat. What a challenge that must have been! Jean Claude and the uninvited guest got me laughing. Your tablescape Tuesday was so inviting. Like cityfarmer said…what time do we eat?

  22. Donna Marie says

    Susan… I love the red and white! Your white chargers are soooo possibly mine! 🙂 I love the egg cups!

    I really need to take notes.

    Donna Marie

  23. Lady Katherine says

    Love the red scarf on CJ and the table. I also love Mr. Linky!

  24. English Cottage in Georgia says

    What a beautiful table!
    What a joy it would be to wake up and be served breakfast at your cheery table.

  25. C’est Magnifique! ♥ Diane

  26. Terri and Bob says

    Susan, this is totally fabulous. I swear, I have never seen so many sets of dishware in my life. I love how you did this!

  27. I love it all. Love those fruit glasses, i want them. mishelle ps. Ok love Mr Piggy too..

  28. Beautiful table…love the egg cups!! You are AMAZING!!! One of my favorites…so delicate…

    Visited some of the sites…links weren’t up yet.. hope I remember to visit them again!

  29. Cami @ Creating Myself says

    Everything about this post was wonderful…the tablesetting, the charming waiter, the mood music….it was all just perfect!

  30. lOL, I’m loving the pig, the french music playing in the background and of course the beautiful table setting with so much pizazz ! Cindy (my first tablescape tuesday)

  31. Dearest Jean Claude,
    My name is Colette. I am a pig here at the The Muse’s farm. I am your biggest fan. Please send me picture of you. You can sign it. And I will be so very happy. I want to nail it on my barn stall. I want to look at you every day. You are so smart and HAM~SOME!
    Love, Colette

  32. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Very Pretty table and I like Jean Claude. Mr. Squirrel was probabley hoping you would invite him in for breakfast.

  33. prof en retraite says

    Oh Susan…Quelle belle table! Et notre garçon, M. Jean Claude, est si beau! Et félicitations, Madame…votre français est absolumment PARFAIT!!! Chapeau!…Debbie

  34. imjacobsmom says

    Jean Claude is so handsome indeed! Cute kerchief!
    I adore the placemats and napkins. I was coveting your glasses from Williams-Sonoma it was one of the items I had circled in the catalog once upon a time. ~ Robyn

  35. The Strings says

    Your breakfast tablescape is wonderful. I love the pig with the scarf. (My first Tablescape Tuesday)

  36. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Susan, you made your tablescape posting so much fun! Mr. Pig and Mr. Squirrel helped too! I love those fruit glasses, and of course your china too! I had such a great time at my French breakfast, even though I visited very late Monday night (well, I guess it was almost Tuesday morning!) laurie

  37. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    *** Remember that Doublemint gum ad about “two, two, two mints in one!”??? Welllll, this is “two, two, two D-E-L-I-G-H-T-S in ONE!”~~~ Yes, dining at THIS table… annnnnd, on THIS porch??? ~~~ Supremely DIVINE!!! Thank you, SS! XOXO, Linda

  38. You can put a scarf on a pig, but it’s still a pi..oh, wait, we’re not talking about my dating life. Well, my dating life until recently anyway. Love it, and I want those glasses. Oh, and HB!

    By the way, I dusted the base of the banister tonight. I had no idea those ornaments shed that kind of glitter. It was “sparkly!”

  39. LdyDy Loves Cake says

    Your dishes are so beautiful. I do love the fruit designs so much! The fruit glasses are great! I am sure Mr. Squirrel was pleased with the Tablescape!!

  40. Beautiful tablesetting and I love your china. Beautiful.

  41. Love everything!!! What time is breakfast? (my first Tuesday also)

  42. Favorite Home To Visit says

    Hi Susan,
    I am already a great follower of your blog for a month( actually I am in this bloggerland for a month!). So I was very happy like a child when I saw your comment on my blog. I was so proud of me…
    I read all of your posts everyday.Unfortunately, as I have painting class everyday and being a mother and a wife, I have very less time for my blog so attending all those Mr. Linky projects are getting difficult for me. But following them day by day is also so enjoyable…You are one of my inspriation angels in this wonderful blogger world…

  43. Beautiful breakfast table. The French pig really makes the table–love him!

    This is my first time to participate in your TT. Thanks for the opportunity.

  44. Knittings Nice! says

    Loving this brilliant tablescape and yes you have used the egg cups correctly and nipped the tops off….thing is wheres the toast soldiers for dipping in the eggy weggys? hehe….and as for cheeky Mr. Squirrel

  45. What a lovely table! This looks like a perfect way to start a long, relaxing weekend. And Jean Claud is very handsome in his scarf. Kathy

  46. Dixie's Whimsey says

    Delightful tablescape! You inspire! I love the red and white, and the bright color pattern of your dishes… I just had a discussion on egg cups with a gal at an antique store the other day (on whether anyone every used them any more). She was buying some for decorations at Easter. You certainly answered that question!

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  47. This is stunning!!! Love the chargers! L~

  48. love it, thanks for hosting such a fun idea!!!!

  49. Thanks for the info about the ceramic chargers. They are just gorgeous! I have metal cream ones but I really NEED those ceramic ones!

  50. Just beautiful. Love the chargers, and the beautiful colors and layers. That little squirrel was priceless. Marty

  51. Your french cafe is adorable! I looked at those juice glasses at WS too. Maybe I should go back.

  52. Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda says

    Hi Susan, What a delightful table to wake up to for breakfast! So pretty and cheerful! Mr. Squirrel is precious, supervising! 🙂 Oh, but Mr. Pig is one handsome fellow and great addition to your tablescape! ~hugs, Rhonda 🙂

  53. What a gorgeous tablescape. It was if I were at a B&B! love Jean Claude and the little visitor too.

  54. santamaker says

    Tres magnifique ! Very charming and just the right colors to brighten up a dreary winter day!

  55. Miss Janice says

    Susan, most grocery stores have crumpets–I don’t remember, but surely Trader Joe’s carries them:-)

  56. Tricia Anne says

    Such a beautiful table setting. The layering adds such a richness to it! Proper or not … it is beautiful. :o)
    I hope that you have a nice day.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  57. cedwards55 says

    I rushed over here on this “special day” to have breakfast with you. Jean Claude just winked at me. I think he’s hamming it up for us. My mother used to serve eggs in egg cups at breakfast when I was a little girl. I used to gag on them… but they sure looked cute on the breakfast table. Wonder whatever happened to those silver egg cups? I need to go “shake down” my sister. I’ll bet SHE knows where they are!
    Delightful post Ms Susan!
    love, Carol

  58. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    I had to stop in before leaving for work… on this “special day” to enjoy yet another beautiful tablescape. Jean Claude is adorable..and Mr. Squirrel was a perfect guest waiting patiently.. Another inspiration.. I hope my hours slow down some to be able to join in the fun once again.. I’ve set up 2 and taken guess I’m half way there huh? Hope you have a “super” day today..hugs ~lynne~

  59. Alisa Lucas-Brown says

    I love, love, love your table! How clever of you to add a French songstress to your playlist to add atmosphere! You have pulled everything together with just the right touch! Thanks again for hosting this lovely blog party!
    Come on over and visit my Valentine’s Table.

  60. Hi Susan! It’s so beautiful and fresh! Like welcoming spring! Deb

  61. Hi Susan…Your creativeness never ceases to amaze…Jean Claude absolutely was the star of this show today! Thanks for the fun & the feast for our eyes! 😉 Bo

  62. Your post today is wondrous! I am working up the courage to join this prestigious group of tablescapers.

  63. ~CC Catherine says

    Susan, Bonjour! Love the French theme~ As always… amaze me! Keep the ideas coming, I especially love the stories you tell with your snaps! ~Au Revoir, ~CC Catherine

  64. once in a blue moon... says

    just perfecto! from pig to squirrel and all in-between, its adorable!

  65. salmagundi says

    The whole table is perfect – even my favorite breakfast – a soft-boiled egg. And, I don’t even own any egg cups – guess I had better go shopping!! Thanks for hosting TT as it is always so much fun. Sally

  66. I love the lace chargers. The table looks wonderful. Pleae thank Jean Claude.

  67. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    SS, MAY I USE YOUR BLOG HERE to say that I "wish" EVERYONE had the kind of "set-up" you do (& most everyone else does)for LEAVING COMMENTS??? SOME of us are "COMPUTER CHALLENGED", & I am one~~~ FIIINALLY got a "google account" a while back, but can't remember/find the place where I wrote down that silly password, & efforts to "find" it myself, or thru computer, seems IMPOSSIBLE! (SOOOOO, a person, OK, "I", can spend alot of time writing to someone, only to get frustrated because, try as I might, I can't get it to PRINT it OUT!!! If ANYONE has THOUGHT of "changing over", it would be SOOO NICE if you did!!! I feel SOOO BADLY looking & not being able to say "yo!" (Grins!)~~~ THANKS for letting me say this here… I really appreciate it!!! (I don't want people thinking I'm RUDE or unappreciative of their work/efforts!!!)~~~ XOXOXO, Linda

  68. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says

    Susan, you must have more dishes than anyone I know! What a beautiful table.

  69. HI Susan, I am late in commenting on this BEAUTIFUL table, lots happened this weekend…. Anyway, I want to say that you are SUCH a PRO at doing a table. I LOOOVE the lace chargers and I, too like placemats with chargers so….. Like somone else said, this is SUCH a happy table for dull, gray winter days! Hugs to you, Pinky

  70. Charming, Susan…simply charming. As always, an absolute joy to view!!
    Thanks for sharing your beauty with us!! (and your inner charm!)
    Just delightful!
    You have Jean Claude, and I have Pierre and Jacque! Mine are chefs!
    Blessings for a great week,

  71. BEAUTIFUL!!! Now you must go to ebay ~ type in West Virginia Glass ~ Pottery & Glass! WV Glass made in Weston, WV has some of the most beautiful fruit glasses I've ever seen. I think the ones you have are pretty also! But I think you will definatley want to check them out! They also will sometimes have a tea pitcher that comes with them. I collect the ones with the roses on them. I just scored a new one for Christmas from my husband!
    Take care, and let me know what you think about the WV Glass ones.

  72. Beautiful breakfast table! I’m loving the pig too.


  73. Oh combien beau tout est. J’aime tout français et c’est absolument adorable. Susan et quel repas ne pourrait pas être complet avec le chef approprié Paix et bénédictions Joie de bribe de Cheryl… !

  74. Ohh, I am so glad to be able to participate in Tablescape Tuesday this week, even though pretty late. My mother has been ill the past two days so things have been difficult. But right now she is asleep, getting some much needed rest.

  75. Grand Occasions says

    Hi Susan, I’m so glad you stopped by to visit. I hadn’t seen a diaper cake until recently myself. Aren’t they cute? You can also make towel cakes for bridal showers, house warmings, etc. You just roll up diapers, towels, washcloths, etc. and put a rubber-band around them (the decorative ribbon around the cake hides the rubber-bands). You can add as many or as few things to it to embellish it as you wish. I’m hoping to get the knack of adding things to my blog and post more frequently. It was nice to meet you, please come visit me again.

  76. Nantucket Karen says

    Oh My Goodness WHAT AN INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL BLOG YOU HAVE!!!!!!! I’m so PSYCHED to have found you 🙂
    Your taste is DEVINE!!!

  77. Such a beautiful table scape. I am loving all the wonderful things you put together. Looks great! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  78. at the cottage says

    Oh what a wonderful delcicious brekfast. Jean Claude was tres magnifique! I just love the lace chargers and eg cups! I love my egg cups :0)

    Okay off to make myself some boiled eggs and served in a egg cup, for dinner.

    Love;y as always Susan.

  79. Jan/jjlmnaz says

    Oh Susan, forget the title ‘Queen’, you are the HIGH PRIESTESS of Tablescapes, hands down. I am telling you the truth…you need to publish a book, and I am sure Micheal could help you with a connection to some publishers!!What a fabulous post, with a squirrel, pig, and brown eggs to boot!!

  80. I think Jean Claude is asleep! You’d better wake him up! I don’t think he gets the dish thing! LOL! Love the tablescape!

  81. would love for you to stop by my blog and tell me if you know anything about the dishes I got at the thrift store today, I know they are Taylor Smith Taylor just don’t know the pattern, love your blog!

  82. I would love to know where you found Jean Claude the chef pig? I think I have to have one!

  83. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Melissa, I found Jean Claude at Home Depot Expo quite a few years ago. Unfortunately, they are out of business…at least here in GA. I did find another one though that looks very much like him online at Brix…here's the link:
    Thanks for stopping by the porch! 🙂

  84. Pamela Joan says

    Like all the other I must say your tablescape is magnificent! I have reviewed the comments and cannot seem to find the information on the white ceramic charger plates. Can you tell us who makes them or where to find them? Thank you so much!'Pam

  85. The breakfast table on the porch is so welcoming and cheery this morning! And I’d really love to be there! I always enjoy….

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