A Magnolia & Lemon Centerpiece

Welcome to the 11th Tablescape Tuesday!

On one of my trips to A Classy Flea this past summer, I came across this happy daisy china.  It was love at first sight!

I used place mats and matching napkins I already had. The faux bamboo flatware is from Big Lots…very inexpensive but I love it.

This is an American made dishware and it dates back to the 1960s. It was made by Metlox Potteries out of California and the pattern is Poppytrail, Sculptured Daisy. The pattern is raised and it gives the daisies a bit of a 3-D look.

I found these cute flower-shaped plates at Home Goods…really wanted six, but they only had three. So I alternated them around the table with the salad plates that actually match the china.

Here’s a place setting with the matching salad plates.  Which do you like best?

Isn’t this just about the happiest china you’ve ever seen…you just couldn’t be sad while eating from this plate!

The Sculptured Daisy china is so sweet and uncomplicated, I decided to decorate the table the same way. Instead of using bold candle holders with large candles as I so often do, I went with a more delicate look, using lots of small votives instead.

For the centerpiece, I went with an arrangement I frequently use on one of my tables during Christmas parties. This has to be one of the simplest centerpieces ever…I stole the idea from a Southern Living article a few years back. Just toss lemons into a large vase, fill with water and add some live greenery/cuttings from your yard. I like to use magnolia leaves but I’m sure other types of greenery would work just fine.

Here’s the view from the other end of the table. Just as I took this picture, the sun managed to find an opening through all the trees and lit up my centerpiece.

A few pics as it was starting to get a bit darker outside…

Ok…I’m going to hush up now and just let you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and please take a moment to visit the blogs shown below to see some wonderfully creative and stunning tablescapes!
The following blogs have the most amazing tablescapes awaiting your visit:

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Confessions of a 40-Something Mama Queen

Creating Myself

Deanie’s Space

Etiquette with Miss Janice


Melissa’s Heart and Home

Note Songs

Oak Rise Cottage

Rose Vignettes

The Happy Wonderer

The Hostess with the Mostess

Thinkin’of Home

*If a post is sponsored or a product was provided at no charge, it will be stated in post. Some links may be affiliate links and as an Amazon Associate, I may earn from qualifying purchases. *

 Never miss a Between Naps on the Porch post! 

*Subscribe to have updates delivered to your Inbox. 


  1. Susan, Beautiful. My wedding china has daisies on it. Wouldn’t it be great if someone knows where you could find 3 more of those flower plates? I have used the fruit in a vase also…but with flowers…I like the greens.

  2. OH! So refreshing and sweet!!! I love the lemon centerpiece–VERY clever!

  3. Darlene - Our Creative Life says

    Susan you are amazing! Do tell me how many sets of dishes you own?

  4. Thanks for hosting again this week! I can't tell you how many times I've looked at that very pattern in different antique stores, and considered buying it…not that I need it, but just because! I bet it would also look pretty w/ limes in the vase & some of those big old spider mums (we always used them for homecoming in high school). Hope you know what I'm trying to describe. I can't tell you how many different kinds of dishes are "speaking" to me right now! I'M SO TRYING TO CONTROL MY BAD SELF!

  5. Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) says

    Hi Darlene…I think I have around 11 or 12 sets of china…but then I’ve been collecting them for 30 years and for the most part, I find amazing deals. Like this daisy china…for 6, 5 pc place settings and some serving pieces, I only paid $85 at A Classy Flea. πŸ™‚ But I am running out…only have 2 more sets, I think to share with everyone.

  6. I have read that limes work well also, if you need a darker color in your vase to help hide the flower stems.
    I think the china and flatware are a good match. Either one of the salad plates goes very well with the place setting. I like the idea of alternating around the table.
    I think it was wonderful that the sun smiled on your efforts. Then when it was no longer visible those lovely votives took over.

  7. Lilly's Life says

    That is gorgeous. I love the 3D daisies. Thanks for the idea on the table centrepiece – that is really simple yet stunning. Isnt green peaceful!

  8. I love the daisy pattern and your table setting is just beautiful. I wish I had the talent that some of you have.


  9. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    Another beautiful tablescape, Susan. Great idea alternating those salad plates. I’ll definitely take that idea, for the dining room table.

  10. Your daisy china looks just beautiful and I love the centerpiece. I think I may use that idea at Christmas…I don’t have pretty greenery growing in my yard but I can purchase some, I’ll bet.
    Thanks for hosting this lovely Tablescape Tuesday…

  11. Oh, Susan, you amaze me! You have so many beautiful sets of china! This one is surely a happy feeling set! I love how you’ve coordinated the little daisy plates. Your centerpieces are always so gorgeous, this one included! I have a lemon tree and it bears it’s fruit around Christmas time. I may have to steal this idea. Good job, oh Diva of Tablescapes!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ™‚

  12. This is beautiful Susan! I’ve used cranberries in vases @ Christmas but I really love your lemons with the magnolias. I’m so going to steal that Idea.

  13. Beautiful tablescape~ love the daisy pattern. One day I hope to join in on your tablescape tuesday. I always come by for a peek. πŸ™‚


  14. A beautiful tablescape and I wish I was there to enjoy it in person.


  16. These darling dishes will put happy thoughts in my head through out my busy, long day…I love the way the candle light sheds a bit of romanticism to the table…Thanks so much for swinging by…I miss each and everyone out there…hugs ~lynne~

  17. Melissa Miller says

    Hi Susan, Thank you so much for hosting such a lovely event. It’s so neat to check out all the different ideas and yours is spectacular. Love the tall centerpiece. Happy Election Day! ~Melissa

  18. Susan – Your table is lovely as always. Love the center piece and the way you caught the sunlight at just the right time. Your pictures never fail to make me smile, in addition to your beautiful tablescapes!!
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  19. Hi Susan…another outstanding tablescape for us to enjoy today…The centerpiece couldn’t have been any prettier to go with these wonderful daisy dishes…and what a bargain they were! πŸ˜‰ Bo

  20. Morning girl…what a beautiful table setting and that centerpiece is a showstopper for sure!!!!

  21. Cami @ Creating Myself says

    Oh, I love that daisy china! And it looks like there will be lots of blog photos of lemons in vases full of magnolia. ;o)

    I really enjoyed the “getting darker” close-ups of the lit votives. They added a great ambience to the post!

    Thansk for hosting this every week for us Susan! I always have such fun on Tablescape Tuesday.

  22. Just delightful! I love the lemon centerpiece…. You and I have many of the same books. I also love setting a beautiful table.

    I give you an A+ ! : )


  23. Happy To Be says

    BRAVO Susan..another great table..love the china..its so Happy looking.Thanks for sharing..Hugs and smles Gloria

  24. Gorgeous as usually. I absolutely love the 3-D look on your china. And the flower shaped plate are so lovely. I am looking for some new flatware, since I only have one kind, which can be a bit boring at times and that bamboo flatware would be perfect πŸ™‚ The centerpiece is so creative, I’m going to use that idea on my table for sure.
    what a treat to sit at you table!!

  25. Envoy-ette says

    I’m not a daisy lover, but that dish set is BEAUTIFUL! I love everything about your table, especially your center piece!

  26. 9405018--Pat says

    Another beautiful table…Love the daisy…. the center piece was perfect…thanks sharing…Pat H

  27. TEN STARS Susan… I love this one!! πŸ™‚

  28. Miss Janice says

    Susan, that is one exquisite Southern-style tablescape. I want that daisy china! The magnolia centerpiece just crowned you the Queen! The entire setting looks so inviting. Thank you for allowing us to view these gorgeous photos.
    Miss Janice

  29. Hello Susan!
    Your screened porch table setting is so fresh and lovely. I love all your photos with the different lighting. Just beautiful. The green, yellow and white is beautiful together…

  30. So very sunshine pretty, Susan! I love the daisy pattern. I am so jealous of all your beautiful china. Thanks for including a link to my RMS tablescape….Christine

  31. I love the lemon idea. I’m guessing the magnolia leaves came off your tree. I can’t wait for the Christmas tablescapes.

  32. Kristens Creations says

    Gorgeous! Love the dishes and the lemons in the center of the table. Very pretty and fresh! Kristen

  33. Hello Susan!

    Girl…I definitely bow down to you…the “Queen of Tablescapes”…hehe!!! You’ve set another absolutely gorgeous table…I just love that pretty raised daisy china…and with the green placemats and napkins…PERFECT!!! And you’re right about it being perfect for your porch!!! I do have to tell you though, your centerpiece is my favorite…what a grand idea to use lemons in a vase with fresh cut greenery!!! It’s stunning!!! Thank you, my friend for sharing yet another beautiful tablescape!!!

    Warmest wishes…Chari (Happytodesign)

  34. lvroftiques says

    Susan as always your tablescape is scrumptious!! And the lemons and greenery idea is definitely one I will use too! Like Chari I bow to you oh queen of the tablescape! *winks n giggles* Vanna

  35. Susan, the table looks great – very cheerful and inviting. Someone I know used to have those dishes, but I can’t remember who. I’ll be trying to remember all day. πŸ˜‰

  36. Such a pretty tablescape! But, of course, we’ve come to expect that on your blog. The soft green just looks so refreshing with that daisy patterned china, and I love the small white flower plates. I’ll be on the lookout for some of those for you. As everyone else has said, that centerpiece is just simple elegance. laurie

  37. The dishes bring back memories of a time past. The centerpiece is gorgeous….I am a floral designer and do this alot. Love the combination of fruit and flowers (or just greenery) as you have done! And, you even have especially beautiful votive holders! What luck to get the shot of the sun shining on the centerpiece! Thanks for another beautiful post! Hugs, Pinky

  38. Simply beautiful!

  39. Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda says

    Fabulous! Love the daisy china! ~Rhonda πŸ™‚

  40. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    *** SS~ I smile at the thought of "Daisy Dishes", as that is similar to OUR first set of "everyday china" (back in the stone ages, you know, 1967!)~~~ Oh, did I just LOVVVE those "happy plates" n' their various pieces, & was more excited to receive THOSE than our "good china", so to speak!!! You did sooooo much to present it all in such an "uber-specialicious" (my latest, made-up word!)way, that is sooo pleasing to the eye ~~~ Heck, a MacDonalds burger would even look fabulous on THIS cheery table, Susan!!! THANKS, yet once again! Love, Linda

  41. I love daisies in general, so this china really appeals to me! I love the whole tablescape, and I think the simple centerpiece and votives are perfect.

  42. brettinsky says

    I like the sunflower plate better too! It adds more interest. And what a fun idea for a centerpiece! I may have to “steal” this too! Great idea to “light” it up with the candles! Just Beautiful!

  43. just coming by to say hello today.
    i stayed up late and got up early and now i am ready for a nap on the porch!!
    love, bj

  44. Absolutely Adorable! Love the salad plates, and love the center piece. Great photos~! Cindy

  45. nikkicrumpet says

    Well that table setting is simply magical! It brought spring back in such a needed way. I’d be using those beautiful dishes all winter long! Have a day as lovely as your table!

  46. OMG, what a beautiful table setting. I love those china plates.

  47. Your tablescapes never cease to amaze me. I love the dinnerware.
    Jean in Virginia

  48. Cindy ~ My Romantic Home says

    Those dishes look so familiar to me! I think my mom must have had those when I was growing up in the 60s! They look beautiful on your table!

  49. I love the tablescape, the arrangement, the light, all of it! Very well done!!1

  50. I was so surprised to see your Daisy china set. I have this set too. It was given to my mom from my dad’s sister and to me when my mom passed away. It’s been boxed away for years in my basement. I started to open the box earlier this summer as I thought maybe I would see if my SIL wanted the set. Now I’m curious if it is the same as you described. It looks so pretty on your porch! Where do you keep all of your china sets? I found you first on RMS and fell in love with your beautiful home. Later after discovering Blogland I found your blog which is marked as a favorite.

    Tea Cup Lady

  51. Lady Katherine says

    Your china is so lovely on the porch, I love the leaves and lemons, my neighbor has a magnolia tree, wish I did, but I go and cut off his. Every thing is beautiful!
    Go see my persimmon cake! It was a lot of work! Georgia is known for peaches, and every where we went, working, north, south,everywhere were pecans! I am happy to say we have NOW, lots of pecan trees, they grew up while we worked out of state for 5 years.

  52. First time visitor to your blog, drawn by your Tablescape Tuesday!
    Enjoyed your daisy dishes and tablescape. You should ask all of your blogging friends around the country to look at their HomeGoods, TJ Maxx or Marshall’s to see if they can spot your additional flower salad plates you need….I know I will look in ALL of mine for you, and if I find them I will happily send them to you. My car automatically turns into the parking lot of every one of those stores I pass, as I love dishes and tabletop accessories and they have great deals there. So, say your prayers, cross your fingers and those little salad plates just may appear!


  53. I love the light and airy look of this table. I learned that trick about adding items like lemons to the vase. It really adds a unique touch. The yellow and green colors along with the daisy pattern are so inviting. Love the look!

  54. sarah @ a beach cottage says

    i’ve seen those dishes somewhere before but can’t think where, I love it,so informal and fresh and you know just right, the candles are right up my street


  55. jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas says

    That is so pretty!

  56. Tea Time With Melody says

    Lovely table setting, you do have an eye for elegance.

  57. I'm Just a Southern Girl says

    I'm so glad to see this! When I got married back in 1970, I picked this out instead of a formal china that I thought I would not use. I love these and try to use them as much as I can. I am still completing the set, they made so many pieces of this! I paird it with Fostoria Green Argus.

    Loved seeing my pottery used for a beautiful tablescape. Maybe I'll get around to doing one for your Tablescape Thursday soon!


  58. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Thanks, Southern Girl! You can still find a good bit on eBay. So neat that you are still collecting it. I love it!

I'd love to hear from you! Please leave a comment!