Metlox Poppytrail Sculptured Daisy

Welcome to the 103rd Tablescape Thursday! Come on out on the porch! Tonight we are traveling back to the 1960s. We will be dining at a retro tablescape...inspired by a ceramic lemon tree that once belonged to my sister's, Mother-in-Law. We don't throw anything away in this family...just pass it right on down. I have a little surprise for you. In addition to pics, I'm taking you out on the porch so you … [Read more...]




Monogramming Sterling Flatware, Great Idea or Huge Mistake

Welcome to the 80th Metamorphosis Monday! I love monogrammed silver. I suppose I could attribute it to having been "raised" here in the south where  monogramming has long been a standing tradition. Actually, I've never known anyone who had monogrammed silver, or if they did I don't remember seeing it. But for me, it's a reminder that family is important, family traditions are important and … [Read more...]




Tablescape Thursday: Celebrating 100 Table Settings

Welcome to the 100th Tablescape Thursday! Light the fireworks, sound the horns, throw the confetti..it's time for a celebration!  Whooo, hooo! Tablescape Thursday is officially 100 today!   Can you believe we have been tablescaping for 100 weeks?! Wow! I'm so grateful for each and every one of you!  Thank You with all my heart for sharing your love for the art of the table every week here … [Read more...]




Sunflower Celebration

Welcome to the 98th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Tablescape Thursday! Tonight I'm sharing a tablescape I put together this past weekend for my friend, Jan's, 60th birthday. I'm often asked where I get ideas for tablescapes. That's always a hard question to answer since I really never know where or when an idea will hit. Last Thursday evening, as I was shopping for our birthday cookout, I came across … [Read more...]




A Country Style Tablescape With Corn on the Cob

Welcome to the 97th Tablescape Thursday! Hope you aren't tired of dining out on the porch. When winter gets here, they'll be plenty of time for staying inside by the fire. For now, lets play outside...as long as we can. I didn't wait for darkness to light the candles...though, I know I really should. Let's just pretend it's getting dark. While we're pretending, let's, also pretend I grew this … [Read more...]




Country Gingham and Tropical Paradise Tablescapes

Welcome to the 94th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Tablescape Thursday! I'm so excited to share not one, but two delightful tablescapes this evening, created by my sweet and talented friend, Bonnie. I am just tickled each time I hear from Bonnie that she's created a new tablescape and you know I'm going to ask if I can share it with you! So grab a glass of something cold and refreshing, sit back and … [Read more...]




Saxon Flower by Royal Copenhagen

Welcome to the 93rd Tablescape Thursday! Hello, sweet friends! How was your day? I hope you are well rested because we are jetting off to Switzerland this evening. You did bring your passport, right? Cornelia is welcoming us back into her home for an evening of dining in her wonderful conservatory. I see she has lit the candelier for us... Cornelia shared wonderful information about all the … [Read more...]




Painting a Tablescape

Welcome to the 72nd Tablescape Thursday! How was your Memorial Day weekend? We were furloughed on Friday and have Monday off for the holiday, so I'm relishing my 4 day weekend. Metamorphosis Monday: A few weeks ago, I posted this tablescape for TT. Here's the Before: And here is the After once our talented Fifi worked her magic. Fifi took this romantic setting and with her amazing, creative … [Read more...]




Romantic Table for Two on the Deck

Welcome the 91st Tablescape Thursday! She Walks in Beauty Like the Night by Lord Byron She walks in beauty, like the night   Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that's best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes: Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the … [Read more...]




A Beach Escape Table Setting

Welcome to the 90th Tablescape Thursday! The cold weather is finally gone. It's time for the soft breezes of fans whirling over head... Speakers playing James Taylor...Long Ago and Far Away...Sweet Baby James...You've Got a Friend... Hope you enjoy a touch of the beach this spring day. Toward the end you'll find a change in the centerpiece...just couldn't make up my mind.   Napkin … [Read more...]




Dining in the Conservatory with Royal Copenhagen, Blue Flower

Welcome to the 87th Tablescape Thursday! Tablescape Thursday: I'm soooo happy to be sharing another gorgeous tablescape today with you that's coming all the way from Switzerland! Dear Cornelia graciously agreed to invite us into another one of the wonderful rooms in her beautiful home. Today we will be dining in the conservatory.  I love saying that word...conservatory. I've always LOVED conservatories … [Read more...]




Beautiful Nymphenburg Tablescape

Welcome to the 86th Tablescape Thursday! Hi Everyone! Hope you've had a wonderful Wednesday! When I attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, we used to have Wonderful Wednesday every week. On Wednesdays, there were no classes! We were supposed to spend the time studying or attending special lectures, but in truth, most of us slept in and caught up on school work...or goofed off! Follow-up to … [Read more...]




Easter Tablescape with Daffodil & Camellia Centerpiece

Welcome to the 85th Tablescape Thursday! Easter is behind us for another year, but I thought I'd share one of the tablescapes I did this year.   Centerpiece is just a basket I've had for years...filled to overflowing with the last of the spring camillas and daffodils. I layered pretty salad plates I received as a gift this past Christmas with cabbage plates from HomeGoods. … [Read more...]




A Springtime Tablescape

Welcome to the 82nd Tablescape Thursday! At last, the daffodils are beginning to bloom. I was so happy to see their sunny faces, I decided it was time for a springtime tablescape. The beautiful tablecloth and napkins I used for this week's tablescape are from the April Cornell, Genevieve Collection. When I found these floral (bee skep) covered-soup tureens at Old Time Pottery around six months … [Read more...]




Herend, Rothschild Bird

Welcome to the 80th Tablescape Thursday! It came a rare, warm day in February... Bluebirds came to dine... And the late afternoon sun created wonderful shadows. Its warmth made eyelids heavy...a nap would surely follow. The beautiful bluebird day inspired a birdie tablescape... Complete with birdie glasses... If you've been reading BNOTP for a while, you may … [Read more...]




Winter Table with Swarovski Snowflake & Star Centerpiece

Welcome to the 74th Tablescape Thursday!  I was in the mood to celebrate this season of winter with a winter table setting and one of my favorite Robert Frost poems. Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening By Robert Frost   Whose woods these are I think I know.   His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with … [Read more...]




Snowman Follies

Welcome to the 73rd Tablescape Thursday! It's been unusually cold here in Georgia this winter...we even had a bit of snow.   Snow in Georgia calls for a tablescape with a wintery feel.   Spied these snowman plates at HomeGoods a few months back and couldn't resist. When I had family here for Christmas, we used them for dessert; today they are salad plates in our … [Read more...]




Cozy Fireside Tea

Welcome to the 72nd Tablescape Thursday! Hey, come on in here out of the cold. I'm so excited that you've stopped by! I have a special evening planned for us.   Let's sit over here by the fire. I've made us a nice pot of hot tea. And some yummy snowball cookies. Would you like a chocolate-dipped peppermint stick? I sampled a couple before you got here...you know, just to make sure they … [Read more...]




Holiday Table Settings by the Readers of BNOTP

Happy Saturday! Are you having a fabulous weekend? Shopping done, or are you still looking for that perfect gift? I'm done (thank goodness) except for a few more gifts for stockings. Several weeks ago, I announced that on Saturdays, during the month of December, I'd love to posts pics of tablescapes created by Non-bloggers who are readers of BNOTP. Well, you guys got busy tablescaping and I've been … [Read more...]




Turkey Day is Almost Here!

Wow! 152 participants in yesterday's Metamorphosis Monday! So many fabulous "Before and Afters!" When you have some spare time this holiday weekend, come back and check them all out. I promise you will come away inspired to tackle that project you've been putting off around your house. You may have noticed a little trend this week here at BNOTP. I wanted these last few days before Thanksgiving to be a … [Read more...]




Decorating for Autumn and a Thanksgiving Tablescape

Welcome to the 45th Metamorphosis Monday!   For this weeks Met Monday, we're going to Bonnie's beautiful home to see how she has transformed her hutch in her breakfast room. When we last saw it around the end of October, it was all decked out for Halloween. Remember this amazing pic? Well, honey, that was so, three weeks ago! Feast your eyes now! Wow...quite a transformation from Halloween...love … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape

Recently, Babs, a lovely reader of BNOTP, shared a few pics of her beautiful Thanksgiving tablesetting. Babs told me she wanted to set a casual Thanksgiving table with some of her recent purchases from Cracker Barrel. (If you are a follower of BNOTP on Facebook, you already know about the amazing 40% off sale Cracker Barrel recently had on much of their autumn tabletop merchandise.) Feast your eyes on … [Read more...]




Thanksgiving Tablescape with Spode, Woodland China

Welcome to the 65th Tablescape Thursday! With Thanksgiving only a week away, I thought I'd share a "hunt themed" Thanksgiving tablescape this evening. This tablescape is similar to the one I did last year, but I've changed quite a few things and added a bit more whimsy.   Let's dim the lights a bit... Acorn tureens from Williams-Sonoma are just right for a hearty Butternut Squash … [Read more...]




Thanksgiving with Candlelight and a Natural Centerpiece

Welcome to the 64th Tablescape Thursday! Recently I was "chatting" with my friend, Kathysue...we met via Rate My Space and have been friends every since.   Kathysue has created a beautiful tablescape for Thanksgiving and she graciously agreed to let me share some pics of her table setting, as well as her beautiful dining room. I've always loved the striped wall paper in Kathysue's dining room...it's … [Read more...]




Fall Dining on the Porch

Welcome to the 61st Tablescape Thursday! I'm often asked, "How many sets of dishes do you have?!"  Well, I'm letting you in on a big secret tonight. You really don't need that many sets of dishes to create different tablescapes...you just need to be a little creative and change a few of the elements. Let me show you what I mean. Remember this tablescape I posted about 4 weeks ago with my Pier 1 china, … [Read more...]




Beautiful Wheat Centerpiece with Pumpkin Tureens

Welcome to the 59th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Fall, Y'all! Last week I shared a "fall inspired" tablescape out on the porch. This week I'm sharing another "fall" tablescape created by Bonnie, a talented, reader of BNOTP, who shares our love for tablescaping. You may remember the post I did a few weeks ago showing several of Bonnie's beautiful tablescapes. Feast your eyes on Bonnie's gorgeous fall … [Read more...]




Fall Tablescape: To Autumn

Welcome to the 58th Tablescape Thursday! It's just starting to feel a bit like fall here in the deep south. So let's celebrate with a simple tablescape brimming with all the rich colors of autumn. After you visit all the wonderful tablescapes posted for this Tablescape Thursday, be sure to scroll on down to Met Monday's Give-a-Way. To Autumn by John Keats Season of mists and mellow … [Read more...]




Five Tablescapes, One Silver Tray

Welcome to the 55th Tablescape Thursday! Hope you enjoy these five very different, mini-tablescapes...all displayed on the same silver tray. Sharing Dessert... China: Spode, Tower (1920's); Goblets: Waterford, Crimson Hock; Flatware: Towle, King Richard; Silver plate vase: Goodwill; Candle holder: Vintage, Flowers: Geraniums and Patrinia scabiosifolia 'Nagoya'...from my … [Read more...]




Tablescaping with Metlox Poppytrail, Sculptured Daisy

Welcome to the 54th Tablescape Thursday! On one of my trips to local antique/thrift store this summer, I came across this vintage Poppy Trail, Sculptured Daisy pitcher, made by Metlox Potteries. Since I'd just bought six place settings of this china the summer before at the Flea, I was excited to find a matching pitcher...and for only $6.   When I got home, I pulled out a bread plate and a … [Read more...]




Summer Dining on the Porch

Welcome to the 53rd Tablescape Thursday! I'm often asked where I get my inspiration for the tablescapes I create each week.  Really there is no set answer.  Sometimes the inspiration might be a holiday that's approaching, like the 4th of July or Christmas. Sometimes it's china I have that I'm just itching to use. And sometimes it's a treasure I stumble upon that's just screaming to become a … [Read more...]




Summer Dining, Alfresco

Welcome to the 51st Tablescape Thursday! Hope you enjoy this summer table setting out on the porch.   I cut Becky daisies from the garden and mixed them with Patrinia scabiosifolia 'Nagoya' for my centerpiece.           Here are a couple of ways to display the napkin...   I think I like it fanned out … [Read more...]




Hawaiian or Tropical Table Setting

Welcome to the 50th Tablescape Thursday! Wow, Can you believe it, it's our 50th Tablescape Thursday! And two weeks from today is the one year anniversary of Between Naps on the Porch! I'm hoping to do something fun that week, still scheming and plotting. Speaking of scheming and plotting...there's been a lot of monkey business going on this past week. Do you remember the tease pic I shared at the end of … [Read more...]




Table Setting with Crocheted Linens

My Mom crocheted this luncheon set during the period she was awaiting my arrival. Despite many forays into antique shops over the years, I've never seen another one like it.   Here's one of the few pictures I have of my Mom and me...it was taken right around the time she would have been completing the luncheon set. Unfortunately, I never got to know my Mom very well.  She became sick when I … [Read more...]




Beach Themed Tablescape

Welcome to the 49th Tablescape Thursday! For this Tablescape Thursday, I'm taking you to the beach.   I rarely used colorful candles in my tablescapes, but I just loved the way this aqua color worked with the color of the candlesticks.   Look what came in with the tide.   I found this beachy china at Kohl's last summer...they had it in again this past … [Read more...]




Lemonade on the Porch

Welcome to the 47th Tablescape Thursday! I love summer time here in the south. Yeah, I know it's hot, but we can fix that. Some fresh-squeezed, ice cold, lemonade out on the porch, should do the trick. Found this neat beverage dispenser while kicking around inside Old Time Pottery last week. It was only $19.95 and it's HUGE! We need munchies to go with our lemonade...Double … [Read more...]




Springtime Table Setting

Welcome to the 44th Tablescape Thursday! Summer is here and I'm thinking sunshine and blue skies... The sunflowers remind me of sunshine, while the blue and white gingham napkins have me dreaming of blue skies with white fluffy clouds. It's hotter than blazes here in Hotlanta.! So let's cool things down with lots of crisp, cool white...white chargers, white china, white candles, white … [Read more...]




Tablescaping in Blue and White

Welcome to the 7th Tablescape Thursday! I don't know what it is about a crisp, white, linen tablecloth and napkins...but I love 'em, especially with a blue and white tablescape. Magnolias and wisteria...sooo romantic. A couple of years ago, I begin to collect salt cellars to use in my table settings. It just seems like such a simple, yet wonderful way to spoil your dinner guest. It eliminates … [Read more...]




A Garden Table Setting

Welcome to the 42nd Tablescape Thursday! The Faerie Ball...by Susan Settje I dream a dream of faerie queens and kings...   In forest glade where I know faeries dwell.   The full moon dancing as the zephyr sings...   ...through cedar boughs and round the wishing well.   Oh romance sweet, a brave and noble knight...   ...to … [Read more...]




Vintage Orchard by Syracuse China

Welcome to the 41st Tablescape Thursday! The breezes on the porch are filled with the sweet "lemonade" scent of magnolias...I love this time of year. Our table is filled with crystal, sterling, floral china, touches of lace and magnolias...all lit with soft, romantic candlelight. This vintage china was made right here in America by the Syracuse China Company. The pattern is … [Read more...]




Tablescaping With Lenox, Butler’s Pantry Gourmet

Welcome to the 40th Tablescape Thursday! Wow, can you believe it...this is our 40th week for Tablescaping! THANK-YOU, dear friends, for participating during these past 40 weeks and making Tablescape Thursday such a fun event! I'm looking forward to many, many more! This has been an exciting day for Between Naps on the Porch. Julia at Hooked on Houses is featuring the porch of BNOTP on her blog today! … [Read more...]




Tables Setting with Beautiful Wedgwood

Welcome to the 39th Tablescape Thursday! Come on out on the porch! I'm so glad you're here! I'm linking my tablescape post this week to Julia's Hooked on Fridays event. This week I'm really hooked on.... dragonfly and bumblebee lit trees. Since it was so gloomy out, it seemed the perfect day to light up the porch with dragonfly lights. These came from Smith & Hawken, unfortunately … [Read more...]




Women’s Spring Luncheon

Recently I was chatting via e-mail with my friend, Toni. She shared two wonderful pics of a beautiful tablescape she created for a Women's Spring Luncheon held at her church. You'll notice it has lots of that wonderful color, pink...perfect for this Pink Saturday! Toni used several darling birdhouses to create her lovely centerpiece. Toni told me, "As you can tell, I love birds and birdhouses. The … [Read more...]




Tablescaping with Blue Willow

Welcome to the 37th Tablescape Thursday! I can't help myself...when it's this nice outside, all my tablescapes end up here on the porch. The trees are all dressed in their best spring-green... I'm using my Churchill Blue Willow this evening... Salad plates are by Gibson...it's part of a large set from Big Lots... White chargers are from Horchow online...Neiman Marcus had them, … [Read more...]




A Garden Party Table Setting

Welcome to the 36th Tablescape Thursday! Let's have a Garden Party out on the porch!   Come on over and have a seat...so glad you're here.   Garfield says, "Life is short, eat dessert first." I like the way he thinks! We're having Oreo Dirt Cheesecake, complete with yummy worms.   I lit the candles in our little greenhouse. I know it's not dark out yet, but … [Read more...]




Easter or Spring Table Setting

Welcome to the 34th Tablescape Thursday! It is sooo pretty out today...why don't we have dinner out on the porch? We'll just keep our table simple with a little daisy arrangement and a few sweet bunnies. I'm a little excited today because I have some new china to share in this tablescape and it's has two of my fave colors in it: pink and green. I've always loved hot pink, and paired with green, … [Read more...]




Romantic Dinner for Two on the Porch

Welcome to the 32nd Tablescape Thursday! Here in north Georgia, the leaves are beginning to pop out on many of the smaller trees. But the really big ones...like those in my backyard, are a little slower to rise from their long winter's nap and don their spring-green wardrobe. Leaves or no leaves, the warmer temps have me craving dinner out on the porch. You may recognize the daisy centerpiece, … [Read more...]




Fiesta Tablescape

Welcome to the 30th Tablescape Thursday! Recently, I was “chatting” via e-mail with my friend, BJ, who lives in Austin, Texas...you may remember her as RMSHGTV on Rate My Space. BJ doesn't have a blog, but she enjoys seeing the great Tablescape Thursday posts each week. Recently, BJ mentioned she would be hosting a a big birthday bash for two special family members, her brother, Joe Allen and her niece, … [Read more...]




St. Patrick’s Day Tea Party

Welcome to the 29th Tablescape Thursday! St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner...let's celebrate with some tea out on the porch!   And of course, we must have green tea, since we are celebrating St. Paddy's Day. (The green tole tray was a wedding gift 30 years ago.)   I picked fresh flowers from the garden..  Ahhh...their sweet, sweet fragrance is … [Read more...]




Tablescaping with Blue Willow

Welcome to the 28th Tablescape Thursday! Recently I was asked where I get my inspiration for the tablescapes I put together. I've gotten this question before and truthfully, I'm not sure I have a good answer...the reason being because my inspiration comes from a different source almost every time. If you have participated in Tablescape Thursday a few times, you probably know what I'm talking … [Read more...]




Fireside Dining in the Library with Spode Woodland

Welcome to the 27th Tablescape Thursday! When I came across this room in a magazine, the thing that really caught my eye stopping me dead in my tracks, was the gorgeous tablecloth. It was just so over-the-top and impractical, which of course, was exactly why I loved it! I started pricing lace tablecloths online and quickly realized I would not be buying one any time soon--some were over $1,000! A … [Read more...]




Seasonal Table Settings

Welcome to the 23rd Tablescape Tuesday! ANNOUNCEMENT: Tablescape Tuesday will be moving to Thursday, beginning, Thursday, February 5th. That means we will not be tablescaping Tuesday, February 3rd. You will have a couple extra days to get your next tablescape post ready. The poll that was runnning on my sidebar indicates the majority of you are looking forward to this change. I personally would … [Read more...]




Celebrating the Winter Blues

A little birdie told me you had the winter blues... So I was thinking...since Old Man Winter is here to stay for while, instead of fighting those winter blues, why don't we just embrace them. Come on over here; I have the perfect spot for you...a comfy blue chair... And a nice, hot cup of tea, served from a Blue Willow teapot... How about a fluffy, soft pillow... With a … [Read more...]




A Thanksgiving Table Setting with Spode Woodland

Welcome to the 14th Tablescape Tuesday! Recently I had a "china" panic attack! A china panic attack is what happens when you hear or read that a particular china manufacturer is trying to sell their business because they are fast headed in the direction of closing their doors. Unfortunately, there's a lot of that type news going around these days. The company I heard about was Spode and my little … [Read more...]




Pretty in Pink Cottage Tablescape

Welcome to the 13th Tablescape Tuesday! I've been busy caulking and painting in my dining room so I didn't have a chance to put together a brand new tablescape for today's Tablescape Tuesday. But I thought you might not mind too much if I posted a Pink and White tablescape I put together a couple of months ago for a Pink Saturday which is hosted each week by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. One day, … [Read more...]




Winter Table Setting with Swarovski Crystal Ornament Centerpiece

Welcome to the 12th Tablescape Tuesday! Let's celebrate the approach of the holiday season with a tablescape that has the feel of a snowy evening. I've dimmed the lights and lit the candles...so glad you've stopped by this chilly winter night. The centerpiece for our winter-scape is a silver "tree" covered in 17 Swarovski crystal ornaments. I've been collecting them since 1991, when Swarovski … [Read more...]




A Springtime Table Setting with Ma Maison

Welcome to the 9th Tablescape Tuesday! My screened-in porch was finished in early spring. Just before the work was complete, I went on a serious shopping spree for "stuff" I would need for this new space. One of those items on my shopping list was china...something special for those summer dinners on the porch. One day while shopping in Home Goods, I found the china of my dreams. Let's just … [Read more...]




A Fall Table Setting

Welcome to the 5th Tablescape Thursday! Recently, I asked Lynne (Decorator101 on RMS) if she had put together a fall table setting? Fortunately for all of us, the answer was, YES!   She sent me these beautiful pics and they were just too good to keep to myself. I ask Lynne for some information about how she put her fall table together and here's what she shared: "I am so honored to be asked once again … [Read more...]




A Table Setting to Welcome Autumn

Welcome to the 4th Tablescape Tuesday! Fall is definitely in the air here in the Atlanta area. I blew all the leaves off the deck on Saturday and was shocked to see how many more had accumulated by Sunday morning. This will be my first fall on the porch, since the porch was just finished in early spring. So you know what that means...time to go shopping for some fall goodies for the porch, including fall … [Read more...]




A Nature Lovers Table Setting

Welcome to the 3rd Tablescape Tuesday! While on a little shopping trip a few months back, I found the red candlesticks shown below. I loved the bold red color and accents of iron. I've been asked to always share the source of the pieces I use in my tablescapes, so I will list all that information in mice type at the end of each tablescapes posting. I wasn't exactly sure how I would use them. … [Read more...]




Sand and Sea: Beach Themed Tablescape

Welcome to the very 1st Tablescape Tuesday! (Pssst:  Tablescape Tuesday eventually became Tablescape Thursday when the tablescape party moved to Thursday.) I know summer is almost over, but I'm just not quite ready to let it go. I found some adorable shell candlesticks recently and put together this "beach" themed tablescape. Found the sea-blue flatware at Pier 1 recently and it was half … [Read more...]