Create Wonderful Outdoor Spaces for Dining in the Garden

Welcome to the 560th Tablescape Thursday!

A few days ago I took you into a wonderful garden that was part of the Secret Gardens of Avondale tour a friend and I enjoyed a few weekends ago. There was one particular garden that really stood out for me. In addition to having a wonderful screened-in summer house…

Summer House, Screened Gazebo


…and lots of little outdoor seating areas perfect for chatting…

Seating area for the garden


reading…Cozy bench in the garden


and dreaming…


Shade Garden, Bench, Striped Pillows


…there were also plenty of delightful places for entertaining and dining. This little area was just a few feet away from the main house and it looked like the perfect place for entertaining when you want to be outside but with some of the comforts of being indoors.

Entertaining in a Summer House


Can you just imagine how nice it must be to dine here in the evening with the candles lit! I loved all the whimsical art hanging on the walls. Such a fun space!

Colorful table setting for outdoor dining


Love all the bright colors in this tablescape!

Colorful Dinnerware for Summer


We had to force ourselves to leave this delightful room to explore the rest of the garden.

Painted Sideboard


A little further into the garden we came across this lovely spot for dining. Notice how the addition of the plates hanging on the fence nearby gives this little area of the garden the feel of being its own little room.Decorate a fence with pottery, Outdoor Dining


That’s what I loved so much about the design of this garden–all those individual spaces they’ve created for summer escapes. It would be so much fun to throw a summer party and have friends dining all throughout the garden.

Summer Dining Outdoors, Table in Blue and White


Another beautiful table setting…love the blue and white color scheme for this table.

Blue-White Table Setting


I’ll leave you with this final little table tucked away in a cozy spot here on the deck.

Herb Planter Centerpiece for hebr-themed table setting



This table was created with an “herb” theme using an herb-themed tablecloth and dishware.

Herb-Themed Table, Herb Dishware, Herb Tablecloth, Herb Centerpiece


I love the soft green colors…so pretty!

Metal Charger Plates


The centerpiece was wonderful!

Herb Planter Centerpieces


Thanks so much for all the lovely comments you left on Tuesday’s post about my colorful atomizer collection. I was driving for 9 hours on Tuesday and a bit sleep deprived/car-lagged on Wednesday, so I haven’t had a chance to leave any replies, but I’ll be doing that real soon. I always love hearing from you and learn so much from you, so thanks for sharing your favorite scents/fragrances on that post. I’m looking forward to trying some of the ones you suggested!

Looking forward to the beautiful tables shared for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

Pssst: Follow Between Naps on the Porch on Instagram here: Between Naps On The Porch on Instagram and on Facebook here: Between Naps On The Porch on Facebook.

Tablescape Thursday

If you are participating in Tablescape Thursday, please be sure to add your permalink below, and not your general blog address. To get your permalink, click on your post name, then copy and paste the address showing in the address bar, into the “url” box when you link up.

You’ll need to include a link in your post back to the party to link up and participate. That’s so visitors to your blog will be able to find the party and the other Tablescape Thursday participants. Requiring a link back also prevents businesses and scammers from linking up to sell their products. Please let me know if you click on a link that isn’t a tablescape or table related so I can remove it.


This party has ended, click button below for the links to all who participated.

Click here!

*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. Love that bright colored tablescape you shared today. What a fun place to visit! Thank you for hosting your fabulous parties each week so much inspiration here!

    • Such a fun garden tour. Those plates hanging on the wood fence really did add a nice finishing touch without being overwhelming. And I’d like a seat at that herbal table, please.

  2. Fun to see all these alfresco settings. Happy Patirotic Summer, Susan. Thanks for hosting us.

  3. Michele M / Finch Rest says

    Oh, what lovely garden dining settings! What a treat it was to visit there – so up your alley with all the wonderful tablescapes! Each and every single one is just so perfect for your Tablescape Thursday link party! ♥

  4. Biodynamic Barb says

    These are all gorgeous – so inviting – but how do you manage the mosquitoes? I can’t even get the mail without collecting another bite or three. If I had a meal outside, I’d look (and feel) like I had measles.

  5. So many beautiful places to style a table! I do think the herb themed table is my favorite! Alas, in Florida, the time of year has come that we are chased indoors by heat and humidity, but alfresco dining is something we can enjoy a good 9 months out of the year here! Thanks for sharing your tour!

  6. Cyndi Raines says

    What a beautiful and fun, relaxing garden tour! The eating areas are extra special. Sounds like you are back up North! Good! Glad you arrived safely. Susan, if you want to tour a lovely porch, you and your family should make the drive up to northern Michigan and ferry across to see The Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island. You would take one the ferry boats across to the island and enjoy your day walking and visiting
    all the fudge shops or you can bike around the island as their aren’t any vehicles on the island, or take a horse and buggy ride. There is a real fort with live re-enactments that the boys would enjoy. This is also where the movie “Somewhere In Time” was filmed with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour. The Grand Hotel is awesome, you would love it with a porch that is 660 feet long and gardens with more than 150 varieties of flowers. Be sure to go to to read more about this awesome place. It would not disappoint! Happy summer travels!

  7. Margaret says

    The lady that has the inside/outside garden had a brilliant idea. She probable has a large extended family. And, a wonderful time is had by all. I love it.

  8. What a great combination – gardens and tablescapes! That would’ve been a heavenly outing for me. That primary color scheme was really fun (chairs and art included), but that herb-inspired table drew me right in.

  9. Such a gem and so fortunate to have a long season to enjoy it. Thanks for sharing it Susan. -Brenda-
    P.S.: Were I live we are still waiting for a decent Spring as we’ve had cool weather on the whole with little sunshine.

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