Romantic Table Setting for Two

Welcome to the 156th Tablescape Thursday!

Tomorrow, August 18th, Between Naps on the Porch turns 3 years old.  The last three years have flown by so very quickly.  Thank you for visiting and being here every day.  I appreciate so much that you share your time with me!

Let’s have dinner on the deck tonight.  It feels so nice out.

Summer Table Setting Tablescape by Lamplight

I’ll pour the wine…you just sit and enjoy.

Romantic Table Setting Tablescape for Two

So romantic, dining surrounded by flowers.

Romantic Table Setting Tablescape for Two

 I decided to do something a little unexpected in the table setting.  I brought a lamp out onto the deck.  Instead of candlelight, we’ll be dining by lamplight.  It’s times like this that I’m really glad I had all those extra outlets installed on the porch and decks when they were added.

Romantic Table Setting Tablescape for Two



Romantic Table Setting for Two

 For this table setting, I created a Butterfly Napkin Fold.

Romantic Table Setting Tablescape for Two

You’ll find the tutorial for this Butterfly napkin Fold here:  Butterfly Napkin Fold Tutorial.

Romantic Table Setting for Two

An overhead view…

Romantic Table Setting for Two



Romantic Tablescape for Two

Getting darker now. China used in this tablescape is Mikasa, Modern Butterfly.

Romantic Table Setting for Two

The “fancy tablecloth” is a coverlet my sister bought for her bed but found something she liked better.  I used it in a fireside table setting here: Romantic Fireside Table Setting

Romantic Table Setting for Two

Romantic Table Setting for Two


Romantic Table Setting for Two


Romantic Table Setting for Two


If you love this butterfly dishware, you’ll find another table setting using the same china here: Romantic Table Setting on the Porch.  For additional table settings, click on the category “Tablescapes” at the top of the blog.

Chargers: Horchow
China: Mikasa, Modern Butterfly
Stemware: Waterford, Iced Beverage-Araglin Pattern, Ruby Hock Goblet-Lismore
Flatware: Towle, King Richard
Tablecloth: Duvet cover

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  1. sarah abeahccottage says

    Hi Susan

    thanks so much, I am in this week…enjoy TT very much, it feeds my tablescaping habit haha

    I love the lamp on the table, I hadn't thought of that before…I am thinking something similar would be very nice on my deck in the evening here in Australia as the nights get warmer…

    thanks so much for hosting, I have linked back

    Cheers, happy days!


  2. once in a blue moon says

    what a pretty little corner, romantic indeed 🙂

  3. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Beautifully staged Susan. I especially like how you staged the lamp. Your table is so inviting, the flowers must smell wonderful… thank you for the offer of a glass of wine.. hugs ~lynne~

  4. Alycia Nichols says

    Now THIS is the way to relax outside!!! Beautiful, intimate, quiet, elegant….the perfect way to unwind and enjoy. I LOVE the butterfly napkin fold, and you chose the perfect napkin to do it! I look forward to the tutorial. I really like the lamp on the table, too. I'm a huge fan and user of lamps on the table for ambience as well as the utilitarian purpose they serve. Beautiful table!

  5. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    Love that napkin fold….can't wait to see. Perfect with your china.

  6. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    Susan, Congratulation on 3 years of blogging success! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration, great posts and wise advice over that time.
    You are the best! I wish you many many more years of blogging adventures!
    xo Yvonne

  7. AshTreeCottage says

    Hi Susan! I would love to have a glass of wine with you this evening on your lovely deck! Your table setting is stunning and what a beautiful August evening for an outdoor supper. Thanks for hosting.

    Susan and Bentley

  8. Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes says

    Congratulations on three wonderful years! And thank you for three wonderful years and the joy you have brought to my life with your posts and the community of dish lovers you have inspired.

  9. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Happy Anniversary, Susan! May BNOTP continue to be an enjoyable adventure for you for many years to come!

  10. Happy Cottage Quilter says

    Congratulations Susan on your 3 year blogiversary! Your blog has been a joy to explore. Thank you for sharing so many beautiful tables and creative decorating. I am forever in love with your porch 🙂 AND, this past week my daughter and I ventured up to Alpharetta and visited The Queen of Hearts. I blogged about it –

    Jocelyn @

  11. How romantic and beautiful, Susan! Love what you used for tablecloth….Christine

  12. we three dogs and me says

    Save a place for me. so beautiful with the flowers. love the napkin fold like a butterfly. The dishes are so inviting.

  13. Susan ~ South of Macon says

    Susan… congratulations on your 3 year anniversary. I am so glad I found your blog. I enjoy every post! Your table looks so inviting… only here in South Georgia we'd need a fan for the gnats! Beautiful!

  14. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    Beautiful! Love the geraniums too! Can't wait to see the butterfly napkin tutorial!

    Thanks for hosting!


  15. Entertaining Women says

    You've lifted the Mikasa "Modern Butterfly" to quite an elegant level. Shooting through the geraniums creates the perfect hidden garden mood, and the lamp is the perfect amendment to the Waterford crystal. I really like this design! Cherry Kay

  16. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Happy Anniversary to the Lady of Blog, the same that has inspired me very much and the TT party that makes me polish myself to join! Thank you for all you have shared about various kinds of topics…your blog is a joy to see and to learn. Your table for two is beautiful, the dishes and the flowers, what can I say about the great photography!, simply fabulous! Lots of hugs. FABBY

  17. So pretty and romantic! Just lovely! The butterfly napkin fold is just perfection!

  18. Beeutiful by Design says

    Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary! I've enjoyed each and every post. This is a wonderful butterfly theme table. I love the lamp! Jennifer

  19. What time would you like me to arrive and I would be happy to bring dessert. Your setting is welcoming and I'm loving the butterfly plates … great idea with the lamp. Congrats on three years!! Your creative and inspiring settings are appreciated. xo HHL

  20. Barb @ GritsandGlamour says

    Susan, so very simple yet so beautiful! What a perfect intimate setting. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Wishing you the very happiest happy anniversary!

    I'm so glad I have gotten to "know" you and witness all your many talents. I have learned a lot!

    Thank you for being such an inspiration to me!

  22. Such a sweet setting..I love the butterfly napkin and the butterly dinnerware! The lamp adds a romantic touch as does the draped lace tablecloth….so sweet! Happy 3 year Anniversary in blogging! You've created quite a following! It's always a joy to see what you come up with!

  23. I just love your table for two! I especially love the lamp and lighting. I have enjoyed participating in Tablescape Thursdays the past few weeks…thanks for bringing so much inspiration!
    Kristy at Starfish Cottage

  24. Karin Şen Cankan says

    Dear Susa,

    First of all congratulations on your three years of wondeful blogging.

    You have inspired me so much with your decorations, ideas and writing.

    I hope more years to come.

    The table on the deck is beautiful aswell, loved the china and the silver lamp on the table looks so romantic.

    Lots of hugs and kisess.

    Karin Şen Cankan

  25. Congratulation on your three year anniversary!
    Lovely table, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.

    Cathy's Calamity Cupboard

  26. What a truly lovely table.. so very romantic. I love the Mikasa dishes in this setting. So pretty with the crystal and silver. thanks for hosting a wonderful meme! xo marlis.. oh and great job on the piping.

  27. Oh, my, that's a lovely sight!

  28. Congratulations, Susan! Your table for two is very romantic with the lace cloth and the beautiful butterfly dishes. I'm envious of all your beautiful geraniums still in bloom. Mine are all gone with our dreadful heat.

    Thanks for hosting each week. I so enjoy seeing all the weekly inspiration here. ~ Sarah

  29. I missed the first few months of your blogging life, Susan, but once I stopped by that very first time, I was hooked — on BNOTP and on giving blogging a try. It was because you made it all look like great fun, exciting and effortless!

    As folks in the South used to say, "Boy howdy!" Effortless? For me, not so much, but fun and gratifying? Definitely!

    Thank you for the divine inspiration you've provided, Susan. I'm grateful for your guidance, encouragment, and, most of all, for your friendship.

    I should mention your table! It's wonderful — the location, the ambience, flowers, the charming napkin fold, the beautiful Mikasa china, the Waterford, the sterling — all sitting on a bedspread! OK, a duvet cover. Clever you! 😉

    You could have told us it was a hand-crocheted family heirloom, and we wouldn't have had a clue! I also loved the use of the elegant lamp. I watched a film set in 1940s London the other day. The tables in a restaurant all had electric lamps sitting on them, and I thought, "How beautiful; I need to do that for Tablescape Thursday!"

    If I ever get around to doing it now, I'll have two sources of inspiration — Susan of BNOTP and the set decorators of an Oscar-nominated film!

    Congratulations and very best wishes, dear friend, on your amazing accomplishments during these first three years!


  30. Jacqueline says

    Absolutely stunning! One thing I love about the dry heat here in the west is that it cools down so much in the evening. The colors of the flowers reflected in the table are just gorgeous.

  31. SavannahGranny says

    Absolutely love this table for two. The lamp is awesome. Love the butterfly china, can't wait for the tutorial. Pretty tablecloth.
    Thanks for hosting.
    Blessings, Ginger

  32. The Old Block House says

    I love this party and someday I'll have something pretty to link up to it too.

    I've linked up the party on our Thursday Linky Party post.

  33. classic • casual • home says

    HOW romantic. Our son leaves for college on Friday so my husband and I will be empty nesters…you are giving me ideas.
    Have a give away at my place…

  34. Dining Delight says

    Congrats on three years of blogging! I am so happy you took the plunge and started BNOTP and especially TT! This butterfly themed tablescape is beautiful! I can't wait to learn how to create those napkins. Thanks for all you do, Susan!


  35. Farah Muzaffar says

    Hi Susan…. Lovely like always beautiful china and the most beautiful is you napkin fold…I am waiting eagerly for the instructions… it is perfectly beautiful
    If you interested in 500 years old History than please peek a little at

  36. The Decorative Dreamer says

    Such a pretty setting. I love the butterfly napkins. I do hope you will do a tutorial on that if you haven't already. I will have to check to your blog to see if you have. They look so great with you pretty butterfly plates! Thanks for pointing out the youngest tablescaper to join in this week. That is the sweetest thing ever!

  37. Terry @ La Bella Vie says

    Oh Susan, I just love this!
    Everything about this is just so summery and joyful, it just makes want to set a lovely table for two outside!
    Thank you as always for all your wonderful inspiration you give us each week!

  38. Terry @ La Bella Vie says

    PS Tayla's tablescape is darling!

  39. It's always fun to see what you will come up with next! I adore the table for two…esp. the lamp!

  40. Sherry from Alabama says

    What a beautiful spot for a relaxing meal! I love the splashes of color!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  41. Gorgeous. What is the trick with getting your geraniums to bloom and grow. Ours just piddled around and didn't bloom much. We have shade, I think they need lots of sun.

  42. Happy Anniversary! I've just published my first blog post and hope I can reach the high standard you've set with your wonderful blog.

  43. Brayton Homestead Interiors says

    not to be redundant, but,



  44. Curtains In My Tree says

    how many people work for you? I mean how can one person come up with so many beautiful table setting and move them around like you do . just beautiful

    I love the little table for two. And 3 years of all your table setting !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    it is a happy day every time I come to your porch

    Janice xoxoxo

  45. Three years? How can that be?? Thank you so much for providing this lovely spot for us to share, Susan! I love your table and am so envious of eating outside. I am tired of the heat and want some cool nights to enjoy. I just love your butterfly napkin folds – so perfect with that lovely dinnerware. Just a beautiful setting… I loved Tayla's setting too but had trouble commenting. How wonderful to see!

  46. Susan, your tablescape is gorgeous! Such a beautiful outdoor setting, and I love those chargers.

    Thanks for hosting TT.

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  47. Teena in Toronto says

    Happy blogoversary 🙂

  48. Happy Anniversary! Beautiful table as always. And that butterfly fold napkin — tres magnifique!

  49. Jan @ BellaCasa says

    Thank you AGAIN for hosting this creative avenue for so many for so long. Your tablescapes are always such a treat. One comment…about comments…I would love to leave more comments to those who link to your blog, but don't think some people realize that it can be more difficult for non-Blogger users to do so unless they set up the ability to leave such comment by way of Name/URL selection. Just wanted to let people know that cause I've visited many of those participating here and couldn't leave a message…how sad…their entries are wonderful, but I cannot tell them.

  50. Susan, one of my favorites ever. The photos are just beautiful. Just the place I would like to get away from it all for a little while. Great napkin fold. Loved your new red pillows on the porch as well. How cute is little Tayla? What a great family you have.
    Hugs, Lisa

  51. Thanks for the invite, I'll be right over! Looks gorgeous!

  52. That is just stunning – where can I read more about tablescaping? I've only just found this (and you) through Fifi Flowers
    Laura x

  53. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Laura,
    Great…come join in! Just click on the header category "Join a Blog Party" at the top for more info about Tablescape Thursday.
    Here's the link, as well:

  54. Love the outdoor setting – LOVE those dishes. But where's the food? LOL

  55. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    JoAnn…you don't see it? That's funny because I do. 😉

  56. bcp.....My Life says

    I want to sit on your deck! So peaceful! Love how you are thinking outside the box with your duvet cover.
    Thanks for inviting me to your party.

  57. This is just perfect! Love the colors, flowers, and especially the butterfly folded napkins. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to visit. I've added you to my google reader. Just love your blog!

  58. Velvet and Linen says

    Happy Bloggy Anniversary Susan!
    156 tablescapes, and every single one is beautiful? That's incredible. Congratulations, and thank you so much for sharing your passion for living a beautiful life.


  59. Tracy Boyle says

    As always, another beautiful southern tablescape! I love how your flowers are cascading onto the floor.

    I cannot wait to meet you at Rosalyn-Sue's art event at the Country Living Fair in October!

  60. Hi Susan!

    I love the outdoor table with the lamp. It's so romantic. My favorite thing though is your napkin fold. I have a set of Spode dishes from the 1880's that have butterflies and I'd been waiting to get a few more things together before doing a tablescape with them. I finally have everything I need and now, thanks to you, I have the PERFECT napkin fold! Thank you!


    p/s your flowers look so pretty still!

  61. Very romantic setting.

    Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

  62. Susan you have a very rare creativity.Wonderfully put dinner table and dinner set. I like so much outdoor dinner place. It looks very romantic.

  63. On Crooked Creek says

    Thank you for such a lovely evening, dear. I truly enjoyed my visit to BNOTP this evening. I must ask…where did you get your silver lamp? My MoMa had one similar. Think it went to my brother, then his youngest son. It is exquisite! Again, many thanks…and keep on blogging! (Please)

  64. Envoy-ette says

    Don't know what I liked better…the butterfly napkins or the silver lamp on the table! What a clever idea to use a duvet for a table covering. It was gorgeous! Well done…as usual!

  65. beautiful. i know this is late, but it's still beautiful

  66. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Awww, thanks! Never to late to leave such a nice comment. 🙂 Much appreciated!

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