A Beautiful, Bird-Themed China Pattern for Wintertime: Lenox Winter Greetings

Welcome to the 643rd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Recently I was chatting with a lovely BNOTP reader about our mutual love of a wonderful, bird-themed Lenox pattern called, Winter Greetings. I realized during our email exchange that it's been years since I used that pattern in a table for Tablescape Thursday. I don't know why I never think to bring … [Read more...]




Celebrating a Special New Year’s Eve with a Snowy, Star-filled Table Setting

Welcome to the 642nd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! I've been working on a table to share this week but it's not quite ready for prime time. Yesterday was my birthday so I gave myself the day off to relax and play a little. As you get older, seems like celebrating each birthday becomes a bit more important--know what I mean? I'll share in another … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Idea to Keep Those Spirits Up Through the Cold Winter Months

These long dark days of winter can sometimes feel a bit drab. Personally, I'm not too prone to feeling sad or depressed during the winter because I love snuggling up inside reading, puzzling, or just plotting little decor updates for the spring season. But I know winter can be hard on a lot of us, especially after the rush of the holiday season has passed and we put away all the holiday decor. Sandra, a … [Read more...]




The Last Christmas Table Setting of the Season

Welcome to the 641st Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! It was a long, long drive but I'm finally back home now. I'll be spending the day taking down the cedar garland and removing the wreaths across the front of the house. It makes me a little sad to do that since I was gone almost the entire month of December, so I didn't have time to get used to or … [Read more...]




Beautiful, Festive Tables from Kansas, Maine and Mexico!

Thanks so much to all the lovely readers who shared their holiday tables with me over the past few weeks! Before we say goodbye to Christmas for another year, I thought I'd share some of the lovely tables the BNOTP readers shared with me over the last few days. Sheri's Christmas Table Setting with a Beautifully Hand-Crafted Centerpiece Sheri, who lives in Kansas, created this beautiful table for her … [Read more...]




This Beautiful, Elegant Table is Perfect for Christmas or New Year’s

Welcome to the 640th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Jackie shared so many beautiful tables with me this season, I loved, loved, loved her cozy kitchen table!   When I saw her beautiful dining room table setting, I knew it would be perfect to share with you for New year's Eve! It's absolutely stunning!   Jackie dressed … [Read more...]




A Festive Drink and Delicious Appetizer for Your New Year’s Celebration

I know most of us won't be throwing a big New Year's party this year, but the two recipes I'm sharing today are awesome for any size gathering, be it small or large. This is my absolute favorite punch recipe ever! At Christmastime, I dip the champagne rims in colored sugar for a festive look.   When I make it for New Year's, I dip the rims in these adorable nonpareils. I love how festive … [Read more...]




Jackie’s Beautiful Home Decorated for Christmas & Her Putz House Collection

A few months back I shared some photos of Jackie's beautiful home decorated for Halloween. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Decorate for Halloween.   Today Jackie has invited us back for a little Christmas home tour. Sadly all the Christmas home tours in my area were canceled this year. I hope they will be back again next year since I truly missed them. Thanks so much to Jackie … [Read more...]




Special Christmas Dinner with Spode Christmas Tree & the Sweetest Birdie Linens

Welcome to the 639th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Holidays! I have another wonderful table setting to share with you from a BNOTP reader. I love it when you share your beautiful table settings, you give me so much inspiration with the tables you create for those you love! Recently, Maureen and I were chatting … [Read more...]




A Cozy Christmas Table Setting Dressed with a Johnson Brothers China That’s Been Tempting Me for Years

I have a very special table to share with you today! Jackie recently shared photos of the beautiful table she created for her kitchen and it has stolen my heart! Love everything about this table starting with the wonderful antler chandelier hanging above. I've always wanted an antler chandelier made with shed antlers for my paneled family/living room.   For this cozy table setting, Jackie … [Read more...]




21 Christmas Stocking Stuffers-Gift Ideas in All Price Ranges

The countdown is on--just a few more days until Christmas. In today's post, I'm sharing some of my favorite Stocking Stuffers, some are actually nice enough to be given as full-on gifts. Hope you find these suggestions helpful as you finish your Christmas and holiday shopping! I always drool over these beautiful hand warmers when a Sundance Catalog arrives at my door. They are wool (not polyester) so … [Read more...]




Warren’s Beautiful Table Settings & I’m Loving Franki’s Christmas Tree Napkin Fold

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold I know this Christmas will be a bit different for some families depending on where you live, but no matter if you'll be celebrating Christmas with just your closest family or a larger gathering, we can still choose to celebrate with a beautiful table setting for our Christmas feast. Several Christmases ago I set a table that included a cute Christmas tree napkin … [Read more...]




A Winter Forest Centerpiece for a Beautiful Christmas Table Setting

Welcome to the 638th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Today Jo Alice has invited us into her beautiful home for a pre-Christmas dinner. Such a beautiful entrance!   Jo Alice set a beautiful Winter Forest Table for Christmas this year.   I love the candlelit centerpiece with glittering forest trees of different … [Read more...]




Gift Ideas for All Ages, Including Cashmere on Sale! These are Some of My Faves!

How is your holiday shopping going? Are you all finished? Is it all wrapped. I have mine all wrapped but I've purchased a few more last-minute gifts, so need to get those wrapped over the next few days. I bought one of these wearable blankets for myself a month or so ago with plans to take it with me the next time I visited family in Ohio. I showed it to my son one night when he was watching TV and was … [Read more...]




Delightful Christmas Train Village & Decorating the Living Room for Christmas

Welcome to the 620th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! A few months back I shared Jackie's beautiful home all decorated for Halloween. The Halloween decorations are long gone now and Jackie has her home beautifully decorated for Christmas. I love her decorations here in the living room! Do you see the extra special decoration there in the center of the coffee … [Read more...]




Favorite Winter Fashions And They Are All On Sale!

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! I've been doing a bit of online shopping this weekend and two of my fave stores are having great sales. If you're in need of some pretty winter clothes, all the items I'm sharing below are currently on sale 50% off. In fact, everything is on sale, 50% off. Love these straight leg cords! They are available in several colors, including neutral colors, but I do love … [Read more...]




Dining Poolside for Christmas

Welcome to the 637th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Jackie, whose beautiful tables I've shared before here at Between Naps On The Porch, recently set a wonderfully festive, holiday table outdoors. Jackie said, "This is the perfect setting for the Holiday Meal - outdoor dining social distancing with your family. (Hopefully the weather will cooperate - … [Read more...]




A Christmas Porch

Welcome to the 619th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! I had so much fun this weekend decorating the front porch for Christmas.   It was just starting to get dark outside as I finished, so I hurriedly grabbed my camera from inside and snapped a few pics before all the light was gone.   As I snapped, it got darker and darker and that magic … [Read more...]




Decorate for Christmas with Whimsical Christmas Pillows

Do you love decorating with pillows? I really love it when a pretty decor item is also functional and pillows definitely fall into that category. In addition to lamps, cozy throws, art, and books, I love, love, love using lots of pillows in all the rooms of my home. They can add so much whimsy, not to mention a ton of cozy during the fall and winter months. I guess in a way, they are like the scarf or … [Read more...]




A Grinch Christmas Table Setting That’s Super Kid Friendly

Welcome to the 636th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! A couple of weeks ago I set this fun Grinch-themed Christmas table setting in the breakfast room.   Here's a bit better view of that table.   I set that same table again in the dining room the first evening my son, daughter-in-love, and grandsons were here. I knew the … [Read more...]




A Thanksgiving Recap with a Few New Ideas for Christmas

Does an idea ever come to you in the form of a picture or an image? You're just going about your day and suddenly an idea comes to you out of nowhere, but it doesn't come to you as a conscious thought. Instead, it pops into your head as a picture or an image. Has that ever happened to you? That happened to me about two weeks before Thanksgiving. I had been picking up a few goodies for my grandsons in the … [Read more...]




25 Beautiful Ways to Decorate & Dine for Christmas + An Insanely Awesome Christmas Punch

Welcome to the 618th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was awesome! My son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons were here so that made it extra special. I need to do a post sharing some of the things I did differently this year, especially regarding the turkey. Both my son and dil commented that this year the food was the best ever and … [Read more...]




Thanksgiving by Candlelight

Welcome to the 635th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Sorry our Tablescape Thursday party is going up a day late. Hope you enjoy it even though I'm running a bit behind this year. Pssst: I'm sharing my three fave Black Friday sales at the end of this post in case you're doing some shopping today or this weekend. Just before everything was about to … [Read more...]




Christmas Decorating, Door Updates & Keeping the Little Ones Busy this Thanksgiving

Will you have little ones visiting your home for Thanksgiving? With two wiggly, little boys headed my way, I've been thinking about fun things to keep them from getting too bored while they are here. I still have a few of their dad's toys here, but the majority of those have already been taken to their home during my previous visits. I picked up a few things over this past week that I think they will … [Read more...]




9 Thanksgiving Table Settings, Plus a Colonial Williamsburg Centerpiece

Welcome to the 634th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Wow, Thanksgiving is just one week away! Wasn't Halloween just yesterday? Do you ever feel like life is flying by way, way too fast! The older I get, the faster it seems to go. I know everyone says that, but it really does feel that way. For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I'm sharing links to 9 … [Read more...]




Spreading Bits of Whimsy

I'm currently in the "overwhelmed" stage of holiday decorating--you know, that stage where you have everything out, yet nothing is really finished yet. I know it will get better but at present, it looks like utter chaos in the upstairs family room where I've pulled out all the decorations. The downstairs living room isn't looking any better since the tree is in the process of being decorated. We're going … [Read more...]




Christmas Tree Shopping Tips, Hanging Wreaths on Windows & A New Addition to the Bedroom

A few years back, the Christmas tree I had been using for many years lost a big section of lights. I spent hours and hours over several days trying everything to get the lights working, replacing fuses, using a little handheld device to try and detect which light or lights were not working, all to no avail. Since the tree was pretty old, I guess the lighting has just deteriorated over the years. Realizing I … [Read more...]




How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Great for the Kids or the Grown-up Table

Welcome to the 633rd Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! I should probably be sharing a Thanksgiving table this week since Thanksgiving is just two weeks away, but I've been itching to play with some new "glasses" I purchased recently. The good thing about sharing this table now is if you love the glasses, they should still be available since I just … [Read more...]




A Bit Late Thanks to Hurricane Zeta

Welcome to the 615th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Nope, it's not Thursday, so please don't link up your table settings to today's Met Monday party. This is not exactly a Before and After, although this table did survive Hurricane Zeta! ;) My computer almost didn't, though. Zeta fried its "power supply" despite it being plugged into a surge protector. Thankfully, … [Read more...]




My October Favorites Including Christmas Gifts for Family & Friends

I've been doing a fair amount of Christmas shopping for family over the last few weeks. Today I had planned to share some of my Christmas finds when I realized I had never done a favorites post for the month of October. So this post is a little of both--my favorites from October and some of the Christmas gifts I've purchased for friends and family. This awesome storage pouch definitely makes the … [Read more...]




Planning Ahead for Christmas: Wreaths on Windows, Snack Center for Delivery Personnel & Lots of Holiday Inspiration

Welcome to the 613th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! When my son was small, I worked in his elementary school library as a Media Parapro for five years. Unfortunately, I pretty much stayed sick with a cold or virus the entire five years since I spent my days interacting with young children all day long--handling the books they checked out and returned, reading to … [Read more...]




11 Beautiful Advent Calendars for Grown-Ups, Including One Just for the Guys

Every year around Christmastime, my son and daughter-in-law give my grandsons a chocolate Advent Calendar. They may forget to do a lot of things during the day, but they never forget to ask to open another little door on the calendar. lol Did you know there are Advent Calendars out there for the grown-ups? I don't know how I've missed it all these years but I just discovered this when I got an email from … [Read more...]




Halloween Table Craft Featuring Edgar Allan Poe’s Poem, The Raven

Several years ago I shared this wonderfully creative Halloween table craft by Stephanie at the blog, Brooklyn Limestone. After seeing this idea on her blog, I really wanted to do this for a Halloween table setting. I even went as far as buying the plain white plates to create it. Unfortunately, I never got around to making this clever Halloween design featuring Edgar Allan Poe's poem, The Raven, because … [Read more...]




Decorate for a Spooky Halloween Dinner Party: Cobwebs, Catacombs and a Model Train Village

Welcome to the 611th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! For this past week's Tablescape Thursday, Jackie welcomed us into her beautiful home. There was a big surprise waiting just inside the front door!   Yikes! Jackie will be having a small Halloween dinner party this year instead of the big Halloween party she normally hosts. I love how she has … [Read more...]




3 Fabulous Table Settings: 2 Spooky for Halloween and 1 Elegant for Autumn

Welcome to the 629th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions. Earlier this past spring, I shared this beautiful table setting created by Jackie. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Incredible Auction Finds & Dining with Faenza Garofano Carnation.   Recently Jackie wrote to say she would soon be hosting a Halloween gathering in her … [Read more...]




Finally, They are Back in Stock, I Just Ordered Three New Ones Today

I've been meaning to create this post for months but I couldn't because all the puzzles in the whole world were sold out the minute it appeared we were all going to be staying home a lot. Okay, that's a slight exaggeration, but barely. Honestly, 500, 750, and 1000 piece puzzles (my faves) were as scarce as toilet paper for months and months! I guess a lot of folks love puzzles as much as I do! I was … [Read more...]




Beautiful Autumn Wreaths in Both Neutral and Fall Colors

One of the first things I'm going to do when I get back home is decorate for fall. I'm busting to get started! I have two wreaths I've used for my front door and over my mantel in past few years, so it will be time to pull those out and access their condition. I have a feeling it may be time for a new wreath or fall basket. I've been wreath shopping today to see what's available and there are some … [Read more...]




A Patriotic Tea Party with American Grown Tea from the Charleston Tea Garden

Welcome to the 617th Tablescape Thursday! Recently, Deonna, a BNOTP reader, hosted a wonderful patriotic tea in her home. Deonna loves American history so her beautiful Liberty Blue is a favorite, especially around patriotic holidays like we just celebrated recently.   Is this not stunning?! Wow!   I love this pattern, so perfect for a 4th of July celebration or tea … [Read more...]




6 Patriotic Tables for Independence Day

Welcome to the 615th Tablescape Thursday! With Independence Day just two days away, I'm sharing some festive red, white and blue inspiration for your upcoming 4th of July celebrations. Cue the fireworks! Click the title of each post below to see more of that particular table setting. Happy 4th of July to you! Patriotic Table for Two   4th of July Table with a Patriotic … [Read more...]




Chasing Away the Gloom with a Festive 4th of July Celebration

Welcome to the 614th Tablescape Thursday! I've had this 4th fo July table setting planned for a few weeks and during that time, I never imagined setting it on such a raining, dark day. The floods came last night as I set this table and it got super dark, very fast. This morning was not much different. Hopefully, I'll be able to add some sunnier photos to this post later on today.   A … [Read more...]




A Bunny-Themed Table Setting for Spring

Welcome to the 613th Tablescape Thursday! It's been a minute since I set a table here on the porch. Hope you enjoy this springtime table with a bit of a bunny theme. I've encluded a lot of photos for those who enjoy that. Happy Spring to you!         I found these adorable bunny planters in HomeGoods in early spring. I had planned to use them in a table … [Read more...]




A Winterberry Candlelight Table Setting

Welcome to the 604th Tablescape Thursday! If you only read Between Naps On The Porch on Thursdays for Tablescape Thursday, you may be wondering why you haven't been seeing any tables from me lately. I've been visiting with my son, daughter in law and grandsons for the past five weeks, helping to homeschool and watch my grandsons during the day while my son/dil work. Fortunately, they have been able to … [Read more...]




A Million Daffodils, A Porch Decorated for Spring & A Whimsical Spring-Easter Tree

Within walking distance of my son's home is a home with the most amazing display of daffodils that I've ever seen. It's one of those homes were people stop, gawk and take photos. It's gorgeous this time of year!   I would love to know how long ago the daffodils were planted and how many were planted at that time. They stretch all across the property, you can see them there on the other side … [Read more...]




Decorating and Entertaining for Spring: A Spring-Easter Table Setting for Tablescape Thursday

Welcome to the 603rd Tablescape Thursday! I always love it when BNOTP readers share their beautiful tables with me. It's so inspiring to see how you're entertaining and decorating your home for the seasons and holidays. Today we're visiting the home of Jackie and she has beautifully decorated her home throughout for spring starting right here at her front door. Love the Easter … [Read more...]




A Festive St. Patrick’s Day Birthday Celebration & Delicious Irish Cooking

Welcome to the 599th Tablescape Thursday! I have the loveliest St. Patrick's Day table to share with you for this week's Tablescape Thursday! Phyllis hosted an early St. Patrick's Day luncheon and tea for her 92 years old aunt, her aunt's two daughters and daughter-in-law. Since Phyllis's aunt is Irish, she knew she would enjoy a St. Patrick's Day theme for this momentous birthday celebration. Phyllis … [Read more...]




Spring Fever!

Welcome to the 597th Tablescape Thursday! Our 600th Tablescape Thursday is just 3 weeks away! Can you believe it? Wow, I wish I could slow down the passage of time, so scary how fast it's going by. Do you feel that way, too? I finished this table late yesterday evening. The sun was just starting to go down and I caught a little of the Blue Hour. Some of the photos in this post were taken last night … [Read more...]




A Spring-Easter Table Setting and Beautiful Inspiration for Your Spring Decor

Welcome to the 596th Tablescape Thursday! We are in monsoon season here in the Atlanta area. Seriously! I'm surprised all the trees in my yard haven't fallen over from being water-logged. If you're in monsoon season where you live, too, this is the perfect time to stay inside, snuggle by a warm fire and start planning for those spring gatherings and parties. The first day of spring is just a month away … [Read more...]




Celebrate Valentine’s Day (and All the Holidays) with a Decorated Tree Year-Round

Welcome to the 577th Metamorphosis Monday! Many years ago, I used to race to get my Christmas tree down before the strike of midnight on New Year's Eve. Growing up here in the south, I used to hear folks say, "It's bad luck to keep your tree up beyond New Year's Eve." Pshaw! Who started that rumor anyway? lol Now I leave my tree up well beyond New Year's and I'm always sad when it's time to take it … [Read more...]




A Woodland-Themed Valentine’s Day Table—Not Your Usual Valentine’s Day Table

Welcome to the 595th Tablescape Thursday! With Valentine's Day tomorrow, I thought it would be appropriate to place this week's tablescape here in my very red dining room. lol   This table is not your usual Valentine's Day table.   But there are definitely some red hearts here and there.   The idea for this table popped into my head a few weeks ago when I came … [Read more...]




Birthday Celebration in a Blue and Gold Peacock Theme

Welcome to the 593rd Tablescape Thursday! Hope your week is going great! Can you believe January is almost behind us?! I can't believe how fast the days go by! Kinda scary, isn't it? Just before Christmas, I received some wonderful pictures of a beautiful table Warren created for two special family member's birthdays. Warren said, "This “Peacock” tablescape, set in celebration of our daughter and her … [Read more...]




A Snowy, Winter Themed Tablescape in Tartan

Welcome to the 592nd Tablescape Thursday! A few days ago I mentioned in a post that I had purchased several tartan tablecloths while they were on sale. One of the tablecloths I purchased was a 70-inch round tablecloth to use on my breakfast table. In that same post, I pondered how this previously shared Christmas table setting would have looked atop a tartan tablecloth. (See this previous table in this … [Read more...]




A Beautiful Wintry Tablescape in Navy, White and Gold

Have you ever thought about creating an "After Christmas" table? Darlene, a lovely BNOTP reader has had this table in mind for many years and this year she made it come true. Darlene said, "Wanted to show you my "after Christmas table." For several years I have wanted to do one, but this year I made it happen.  I was in our Big Lots prior to Christmas and saw beautiful table linens in navy blue with gold … [Read more...]




Bonnie’s Beautiful New Year’s Eve Celebration

Welcome to the 591st Tablescape Thursday! I'm posting Tablescape Thursday a bit early this week since I'll be spending all day Wednesday on the road. Gonna be a long day tomorrow. Thank goodness for Audible! I was so excited when I came across this beautiful table my friend, Bonnie, shared on her Instagram feed. I've shared several of Bonnie's tables in the past and they are always a … [Read more...]




A Whimsical “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Table Setting

Welcome to the 590th Tablescape Thursday! I have such a treat for you today, especially if you're still a kid at heart, as I am. Recently Elena shared the most adorable table she put together for her Christmas gathering with family. I know Christmas has passed but this table was just way too adorable to wait another whole year to share. Feel free to bookmark this post or pin these photos to Pinterest if … [Read more...]




A Candy Cane Table Setting for Christmas and the Winter Holidays

Welcome to the 589th Tablescape Thursday! Pssst: Did you know you could have BNOTP post notifications delivered right to your Inbox? If you would like to know when a new post is available here at Between Naps On The Porch, subscribe for email updates here: Subscribe for Free E-Mail Updates. Christmas is past but I couldn't resist sharing this wonderful table Warren put together during the holidays. … [Read more...]




The Best Champagne Punch, New Year’s Eve-Day Recipes and Celebration Ideas

Need a great punch for your New Year's Celebration? This is my absolute favorite!   When I make it for New Year's, instead of using red and green sugar around the rim of the glasses, I use colorful nonpareils instead.   It looks so festive for a New Year's celebration. If you're having a big group over to celebrate, make more than one batch because it's always a huge hit and … [Read more...]




A Special Christmas Tea Party with a Scumptious Tea Party Menu

Welcome to the 570th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy New Year (almost) to you! I had planned to share a lamp switcheroo today but things have been so busy with the holidays, the kids out of school and weekend activities, I never got a chance to take photos in their room. I will do that soon and share how the new lamp looks with their holiday bedding.   The new lamp turned out to be not that … [Read more...]




Christmas in Green–So Elegant!

Welcome to the 588th Tablescape Thursday! This year Norma, a dear BNOTP reader who lives in a beautiful area of France, decided to do something a bit different for Christmas. She chose an elegant, more subdued color palette for her Christmas table and Christmas decor, decorating in green with touches of gold and silver. The result was gorgeous!   Sooo pretty! Green is my favorite color so … [Read more...]




Delight the Little Ones with a Christmas Bedroom Makeover

Welcome to the 569th Metamorphosis Monday! Merry Christmas and the most happiest of holidays to you! Today I'm sharing a fun, whimsical makeover I semi-completed for my grandsons' bedroom recently. I say semi-completed because the artwork I ordered to go above their beds wasn't the quality I expected and had to be returned. I've also ordered a different lamp and will share how it looks once it … [Read more...]




3 Christmas Tables & A Snowy Christmas Cottage

Welcome to the 587th Tablescape Thursday! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you! Since Christmas is just a week away, for this week's Tablescape Thursday I'm sharing three of my fave Christmas tables from the past. This would be a fun table to re-create for my grandsons one day. If you have a collection of small lit houses, consider using them as your centerpiece for your holiday table. (Click the … [Read more...]




A Woodland Nature-Themed Table for Christmas

Welcome to the 586th Tablescape Thursday! Merry Christmas! We're in the breakfast room for this week's Tablescape Thursday!   Such a gorgeous day out with lots of sunshine coming in through the windows.   I'm still crazy-in-love with the pheasant I picked up a few weeks just before Thanksgiving. I love that he's not a soup tureen, but instead, a vase that can be used to … [Read more...]




A Christmas Makeover in the Making

Welcome to the 567th Metamorphosis Monday! Pssst: If you're joining Met Monday today, please mention the Met Monday party and link back to it in your blog post so those who are participating today will have a chance to receive visits from your readers. Blog parties, including Met Monday, only work when everyone joining the party shares a link to the party in their post. Thanks so much to those who always … [Read more...]




November Faves, Greenery for the Mantel, Winter Bedding & Great Stocking Stuffers

Happy Weekend to you! Do you have some Christmas shopping planned today? I think I'm going to visit my nearby Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn today just to see what's all on sale. I LOVE shopping in both stores this time of year. Before I get into my November favorites, just wanted to share a quick photo of the greenery I used on the mantel this year. I was so busy getting ready for family to arrive for … [Read more...]




The Christmas Train

Welcome to the 585th Tablescape Thursday! Everywhere I look, there are reminders of how special Thanksgiving was this year. The last time my son, daughter-in-love and grandchildren were here for Thanksgiving, one grandson was still just a twinkle in his parent's eyes and the one that was here was very small, too small to really understand where he was or what was going on. This time was so different, … [Read more...]




23 Ideas for Decorating for Christmas + A Delicious Punch for Holiday Parties

Here they are, all in one post, my favorite ways to get ready for the Christmas holidays! I hope you find this helpful as you decorate, craft, cook and prepare for the holidays! You may want to bookmark this post for future reference if you see something you would love to make or do as Christmas draws closer. Also, please feel free to pin any of the images to Pinterest if you find that helpful for … [Read more...]




A Cozy, Candlelit Thanksgiving Table Setting

Welcome to the 584th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Thanksgiving to you! I'm so excited because I have a beautiful Thanksgiving table to share today, a table created by my friend, Teresa, for her Thanksgiving feast with family this year. You may recognize Teresa from the fun, crazy adventures we had together while traveling through Egypt. Teresa was there when I was almost pickpocketed while shopping in … [Read more...]




How I’m Hanging the Christmas Stockings From the Mantel This Year & More

If you saw my house right now, you would think I was one brick shy of a full load. Lol, maybe I am! I get started on one project, like decorating a tree, and about 1/3 of the way in, I get bored. I stop, start vacuuming or go grocery shopping or start cleaning the screened porch. A few hours later, I'm back working on the tree. There's so much that I want to do and have completed before family arrives, I … [Read more...]




Decorating for the Holidays & Ironing the Wreath Ribbons

Welcome to the 564th Metamorphosis Monday! How was your weekend? Are you busy getting ready for visiting family and Thanksgiving? Since I do have family coming for Thanksgiving this year, I've divided my "To-Do" list into two basic parts: Decorating and Cleaning. I spent the latter part of last week and the weekend working on some of the decorating. I hope to finish that in the next two-three days, … [Read more...]




Two Fun Sleeping-Bed Ideas for Visiting Children During the Holidays

I have the strangest problem right now: in a house with two guest bedrooms, I am lacking the type of guest sleeping quarters that I really need. How can that be? I have a guest room with a full-size bed.   And I have an upstairs family room with a queen-size sofa-sleeper which sleeps great per my son and daughter-in-law. In fact, when they are here visiting, they always prefer it over the … [Read more...]




Thanksgiving Table Setting Idea, Featuring Spode Woodland & Pheasant, Magnolia, Nandina Centerpiece

Welcome to the 582nd Tablescape Thursday! This is the table I'll be setting up for Thanksgiving this year. My grandsons, ages 3 and 5 will be here for Thanksgiving but won't be here for Christmas, so I want to do something fun for them.   They've never really watched the movie, Christmas Vacation, since they aren't quite old enough. They could probably watch it if we skipped past some of … [Read more...]




A Surprise Thank-you That Touched My Heart

Last January, after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season had died down and life was starting to return to normal, I was working in my office one day when the RING app on my phone went off indicating movement on my front porch. I checked my phone and saw a man place a folded, white piece of paper on one of the porch benches. Aftward, he walked back to his car that was parked on the street and drove … [Read more...]




Some Cozy Winter Updates That Would Also Make Great Gifts for Christmas

Welcome to the 562nd Metamorphosis Monday! I've been visiting with my grandchildren for the last two weeks but will be heading back home soon. On this trip, I brought up the chest-of-drawers from son's old bedroom visible below the top bunk in this old photo.   The chest ended up in one of the dormer windows of my grandsons' bedroom, replacing the train table that had been there. I would … [Read more...]




A Halloween-Themed Birthday Party Celebration

Welcome to the 580th Tablescape Thursday! Happy Halloween to you! I had hoped to Trick-or-Treat with my son/dil and grandsons tonight but unfortunately, my cold has gotten worse. I think it's trying to turn into a sinus infection. Ugh. One of my grandsons had a cold when I first arrived, then my daughter-in-law and I came down with it. I'll be heading back home in a few days so I need to get better fast … [Read more...]




A Fun Halloween Table for Kids

Welcome to the 579th Tablescape Thursday! Today I'm sharing the last of the Halloween tables Marie had set when I visited her home. Marie has six grandchildren and when everyone is here this is often the table where they sit. Unfortunately, my photos of this table didn't turn out that great but it was too cute to not share.   Marie again used these hilarious light bulb glasses at each … [Read more...]




An Autumn Fireplace & A Realistic-Looking Artificial Christmas Tree

My daughter-in-law, Nancy, has the fireplace all decorated for autumn. In the evening the flameless candles glowing in the fireplace are sooo pretty, much cozier and inviting than photos can really show. For many years the chief decoration in front of the fireplace was a baby gate, but with the youngest now 3 years old, the baby gate is no longer needed.   I asked Nancy where she found the … [Read more...]




Beautiful DIY Lit Pumpkin Centerpiece for Autumn

Welcome to the 560th Metamorphosis Monday! Good Morning from Ohio. I'm visiting family over the next few days and looking forward to sharing some of Ohio's beautiful autumn foliage. My Before and After for this week's Met Monday is a wonderful idea my daughter-in-law, Nancy, created for a beautiful fall table centerpiece.   She placed a pierced ceramic pumpkin down inside a gorgeous autumn … [Read more...]




Easy, Last Minute Outdoor Halloween Decorating Idea, Great for a Halloween Party!

Years ago I came across this awesome "haunted" house while on a tour of historic homes in Atlanta. This home wasn't on the tour, we just walked by it en route to one of the tour homes. I loved it and thought it was one of the most cleverly Halloween decorated homes I had ever seen! Looking more closely at all the components needed to create this look, I thought this really wouldn't be that difficult to … [Read more...]




Whimsical Halloween Table with Light Bulb Glasses

Welcome to the 578th Tablescape Thursday! Marie has three tables that she normally keeps set for the holidays and one is here in her family room. This table doesn't get used as much as her breakfast room and dining room table do but it's a great place to eat a snack while watching a game on TV or as extra space when having a large group over for a sit-down meal.   Marie's six grandchildren … [Read more...]




Inside Marie’s Home for Halloween & What Happened to the Porch Column Dilemma

Thanks so much to everyone who left a comment on yesterday's post. The information you shared and your suggestions were outstanding! Unfortunately, I'm having to start my estimate process all over again. My porch was due to be painted yesterday, but the company that was scheduled to do it blew me off after the project manager came out on Monday and he saw the peeling paint on the columns. He informed me … [Read more...]




A Few of My Favorite Halloween Decorating Ideas & Detailed Tutorials for Creating Them

Happy weekend to you! Are you busy decorating for fall or Halloween? I'm not doing any decorating right now because I'm having the whole house and both porches pressure washed early next week, hopefully on Tuesday if it doesn't rain. After that, the front porch will be getting a fresh coat of paint. So the most I've done so far is hang a wreath on the front door, but I thought it would be fun to share a … [Read more...]




On the Porch for Halloween

Welcome to the 577th Tablescape Thursday! I set this table inside, then moved the whole thing outside onto the porch. Though overcast, it was just too nice out to be cooped up inside.   I tried to explain to Mr. Pheasant that he's an autumn centerpiece better suited for Thanksgiving tables, but he wasn't having it.   He insisted on holding our Halloween bouquet of black … [Read more...]




Halloween: Imagine Being 8 Years Old Again & Trick-or-Treating Here!

Oh, to be a child again and get to visit Marie's house at Halloween! Imagine being 8 years old and trick-or-treating here on Halloween night!   If you made it past the fire-breathing dragons...   ...with massive wings beating back and forth to scare you away...   ...would you be brave enough to walk under this guy to collect a treat? :)   Marie's … [Read more...]




A Visit to Marie’s: A Halloween Table Setting and My First Bubble Tea

Welcome to the 576th Tablescape Thursday! We're off to Marie's for this week's Tablescape Thursday! Marie and I got together for lunch recently and the place we were lunching was right next door to Tiny Bubbles Teatime. We stopped in for a glass of bubble tea before heading next door for lunch. It was the perfect day to dine outside, not too hot and just the nicest breeze, so we sat outside and … [Read more...]




Halloween-Thanksgiving Dinnerware Shopping & What I Couldn’t Leave Behind

Welcome to the 574th Tablescape Thursday! Yesterday I stopped by two of my favorite stores to check out the autumn dishware offerings. At first, I was completely underwhelmed, every table I saw was done in neutral tones. There were at least four dressed that way. I didn't take photos of all of them because I was really in the mood for some gorgeous fall color.   If you love neutral colors … [Read more...]




An Enchanting Candlelit Table Setting for Fall

Welcome to the 571st Tablescape Thursday! I'm back home now, had a great drive yesterday in beautiful sunshine the whole way. And no wayward ties attacked my car as I drove home this time! Whew! After the 9+ hour drive, it was too late to put a table together once I arrived, so today I'm sharing a wonderful table from Noemi who wrote: Hey Susan! I have been a fan of your blog for a couple of years … [Read more...]




Fall-Autumn Table Inspiration & a Stunning Autumn Pumpkin Candlelit Centerpiece

Welcome to the 570th Tablescape Thursday! I always love it when I hear from readers of Between Naps On The Porch, especially when they share photos their beautiful porches and tables with me. Autumn weather and the holidays are just around the corner! Hard to believe, isn't it? Recently I received an email from Maureen with pictures of a beautiful table she created for Thanksgiving this past year. … [Read more...]




Celebrate the 4th of July: 5 Decor Ideas, 5 DIY Crafts & 5 Patriotic Table Settings

Welcome to the 543rd Metamorphosis Monday! The 4th of July is just a little more than a week away! Wow, summer is passing way too quickly for my liking! Do you have any special plans for your 4th of July celebration? For this week's Metamorphosis Monday, I'm sharing a round-up of some fun and easy ways to get ready for this festive, patriotic holiday. (Note: Click the title name of each post below … [Read more...]




A Memorial Day Table Setting with a Beach-Nautical Theme

Welcome to the 557th Tablescape Thursday! With Memorial Day weekend almost here, it's time for a patriotic table to honor those who have so valiantly served in our armed forces. As I did last year with a 4th of July table, I decided to give this table a beach/nautical vibe.   Do you have any special plans for this holiday weekend? Are you heading to the beach, planning a Memorial Day … [Read more...]




Dining in Mr. McGregor’s Garden: A Spring Table Setting with Peter Rabbit

Welcome to 552nd Tablescape Thursday! I would love to have placed this table out on the screened porch, but that would have required wading through a few feet of Georgia pollen just to reach the table. It's that time of year when I normally break down and give the porch a thorough cleaning, but I'm trying hard to resist since I know it will be covered right back up with pollen again in just a few days. I … [Read more...]




Shopping the Big Tabletop Sales & the Cutest Peter Rabbit Plates for Spring and Easter!

I stopped into both Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma today and picked up some really cute things for spring. Both shops have some great sales going on right now. Pottery Barn has all of their tabletop items on sale, 25% off and their Easter goodies are on sale up to 40% off. I scored some adorable napkins for 40% off. You'll find the sale here: Tabletop Sale. I had to check out this pretty blue and white … [Read more...]