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...]