A Garden Party Table Setting

Welcome to the 36th Tablescape Thursday!

Let’s have a Garden Party out on the porch!

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


Come on over and have a seat…so glad you’re here.

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


Garfield says, “Life is short, eat dessert first.” I like the way he thinks! We’re having Oreo Dirt Cheesecake, complete with yummy worms.

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


I lit the candles in our little greenhouse. I know it’s not dark out yet, but nightfall is coming.

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


The greenhouse is covered in flowers for our garden party.


Garden gloves worked well for napkin rings.  The napkins are just tucked up under the little band on the outside of each glove. The gloves were only $1 a pair at Dollar Tree so that’s six napkin rings for $3. Can’t beat that deal!

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


Since the main colors in this tablescape are green and pink, I used both green and pink gloves.

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


The cabbage plates are Bordallo Pinheiro, made in Portugal and were from HomeGoods.  The chargers come from a very exclusive, high-end china shoppe called The Home Depot. They are 12 inch, terracotta (clay) saucers, the type that typically go under large clay pots. The “fancy” dessert bowls came from the same place.


We’ll be dining by candlelight tonight.  Oh, how I love these summer evenings on the porch!  While we await nigthfall, let me show you how I made our dessert.

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


You’ll need these ingredients pictured below.  Actually, I used one more of the Jell-O Cheesecake and one less bag of Oreo cookies.


You’ll need six, new, 3 or 4-inch terra-cotta (clay) glazed flower pots, thoroughly washed. (I used 4-inch pots.) Even with glazed pots, line the inside of the pot with aluminum foil, just to be safe. Another option would be to use plastic cups inside, cutting them down to the right height for the pot.

You also need six flowers, either real or faux.  Gerbera daisies work really well. I opted for faux flowers and bought a big bunch for $1 at Dollar Tree. (Important: If you use real flowers, make sure they are pesticide-free.)


You’ll need three boxes of the cheesecake mix if you use 4-inch pots. I found the Jell-O brand at Publix. Of course, you could make your cheesecake from scratch, if you like. Prepare your cheesecake per the directions on the box.


While your cheesecake mix is mixing away, place a cookie in the bottom of each clay pot to cover the little hole, if you didn’t line the pots with aluminum foil or didn’t use a cup inside.  Note:  I do recommend using a cup inside or lining the pots with aluminum foil.  That’s probably safer and you won’t need the cookie to plug the hole.  Most recipes suggest using vanilla wafers to plug the hole but I used little shortbread cookies since I like those better.

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


Spoon your cheesecake mixture into each pot, stopping 1/2 inch from the top.

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


Now, the recipes I found said to use a plastic straw for this next part, but I found these cute little cereal straws and thought they would be more fun.  Plus, they are edible!

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


One cereal straw, cut in half, was the perfect height for the pot, so it only took 3 straws for all 6 pots.  Just press the straw down into the center of the cheesecake mixture. If you find one is a tad tall, just snip off the top a bit with your kitchen scissors.

Now, for the fun part!  I bought some gummy worms at Dollar Tree.  Take a worm and position him on your cheesecake, like he’s slithering right out of the pot.   So fun!


You’ll probably only need one bag of Oreos for this next part; that was all I used. I broke up the Oreos before putting them into my mini-Cuisinart.


I used my little Cuisinart to crush them, instead of my big one so it took 3 batches to get them all done.  If you use a full-size Cuisinart, you could probably crush the whole bag at once.


Ahhhhh, good rich dirt! Yum!

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


Sprinkle your “dirt” over the top of your pots. Then chill them in the frig until you are ready to serve.

At serving time, poke the little flower stem down into the cereal straw in the center of your cheesecake. Place a worm or two on the saucer of the pot for some added fun.


How about some magical night time pics. As I took these photos and looked at them later, I was amazed by the beautiful, deep blue of the sky!

Update: Later I realized I caught the “Blue Hour” in my photo.  Have you heard of the Blue Hour?  You can read all about it in this post: The Secret of the Blue Hour.


We’re dining by candlelight this evening.

Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape


An “above” view of our centerpiece…


Thanks for coming to the Garden Party!


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Garden Party Table Setting Tablescape

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  1. Cottage Rose says

    Hello Susan; What a beautiful table setting. and the yummy food. You always make a beautiful table…


  2. I love it!!! What time does it start? I love the song…I have it on my blog…cute idea with the dirt cake…I’m going to have to make some for my family..

  3. Ooooh! I love your cute pots with the Oreo Dirt Cheesecake. What an adorable idea!
    Also, that centerpiece with the candles and the flowers in the little green house are beautiful!

  4. Janie's World says

    Your idea is so Clever! I love the use of the clay pot thingys as chargers and of course those little dirt flower pots are awesome. Your gloves holding the napkings are so cute. You did an incredible job as usual!!! You always come up with the most amazing things.

  5. Happy To Be says

    OMG Queen Susan…it there nothing you can’t do and make it looks beautiful…I just love the flower pots when I first seen them..I though what the Heck!! Susan’s got dirt on the table…but girl this have got to be one of your all time GREATS!! just loved it all..I guess that Mocking bird keeping you up at night has been a great thing for us..Just lovely my friend..Now I better go delete my trailer trash table before anyone see it ha ha!!one word BEAUTIFUL!! hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  6. Oh, Susan, I love it all! Very creative tablescape and the dirt cheesecakes are so cute!

  7. I have a greenhouse just like that, except mine is square, and I also have one of those green Portuguese plates. I love your idea for chargers!

  8. Kim @ Manning Family Tree says

    You've done it again! Another stunning tablescape. And your photography is fabulous. I want some of your dessert right now. I'm going to give this a try sometime as I love cheesecake & oreos. Not too fond of gummy worms though.

  9. How funny! I just bought everything to make this dessert for this weekend. We are baptizing our youngest granddaughter and I thought the kids might think it was fun! I intended to use it next week as my post! The recipe is quite different, however so maybe I will!
    Have a great TT!

  10. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    I LOVE these ideas. My mom is coming to visit in May. I would love to use some of these ideas, after all, it is she who gave me the love of gardens. The recipe sounds so delicious. I have used the gummy worms with my margarita cheescake (coming out of a lime slice). Just beautiful.

  11. wow! What a lovely and fun spread! Im thinking I could use a girly visit about now…since my girls are tucked in bed….this looks wonderful! Awesome job!

  12. Domestic Designer says

    Oh Susan you out did yourself this week! Just perfect. Such a fun tablescape for the young and old alike. Thanks so much for your wonderful ideas! Have a great evening!

  13. Susan, this is so beautiful.Girl you out done yourself!Have a great evening,Blessings, Faye

  14. Susan,
    This is breathtakingly beautiful! The candle light and the pots and beautiful dishes! Amazing how something so casual can become so special with your amazing touch. Cindy

  15. Hi Susan,
    I really enjoyed your garden party tablescape. I am planning to serve the same dessert at a luncheon I am having next month. It’s always perfect for a garden theme.

  16. Susan, how do you keep coming up with such wonderful ideas?! Love the greenhouse with the candles, and the dessert in the pots is precious! Yummy! Linda

  17. Oh, that was so cute! I loved how you carried the theme all the way through-the pots with the dirt pies, the garden gloves, etc. Beautiful job!

  18. Oh my goodness that centerpiece looks SO amazing lit up at night!! I need to try and figure out how to copy that 🙂

  19. How nice! I just love your tablescape! Yum that cheesecake dirt dessert sounds so good! 🙂 Love it all!

    All the best,

  20. Hi Susan
    Your tablescapes are so creative and I love the cheesecake in the pots. That is so much fun!
    Hope you had a good day.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  21. OMG (osh) Susan, you have outdone yourself here. I think this is one of the most ingenious table setting ideas anyone could imagine! Adorable * Awesome * Amazing! I think you’d better get to working on that idea we chatted about, don’t you??

  22. Gypsy aka Tam says

    you’re table is FABULOUS!!! I love it all, the garden gloves, the cabbage plates and the terra cotta chargers and pots. That dessert idea is awesome and is going in my idea file for my sons upcoming gradutation party in the back yard.
    Wonderful as always, thank you for sharing your creativity with us.
    Have a great day,

  23. P.S. Do they have mockingbirds in Arizona? I could have sworn I heard one this afternoon with the patio door open!

  24. Darlene - Our Creative Life says

    Susan you are so good at this!! You need to do a book!! This is so adorable!! I will definitly do this!! Maybe for Father’s day…but not with a pink flower. LOL

  25. Darlene - Our Creative Life says

    Oh I forgot to ask you….what kind of granite do you have? I just ordered my granite today. We are getting New Venetian Gold and then doing a tumbled marble backsplash. Looks like yours maybe the same. Would love to see more pics if you have them.

  26. Susan that is one adorable table! I love how you layered the pot trays with dishes. Brilliant idea!

  27. Charli and me says

    This tablescape is over the top! It’s so beautiful and creative. I love the centerpiece the most. Oh my gosh it is so pretty. I love the way you turned garden gloves into napkin holders. Who would have thought to serve desserts like this. Thank you for sharing. Everything is just beautiful ♥

  28. Mary @Boogieboard Cottage says

    Wow, Susan! Your garden party is adorable and the cheese cakes are sooo cute! I just love everything about your table scape. Mary :O)

  29. Love your colors and the garden gloves as a napkin holder is too cool!!!

  30. That is just too cute. I love, love, love the idea of using the saucers for chargers. So clever.

  31. Oh what fun this is Susan! Love the planters! The centerpiece is so lovely with that light glowing…
    Happy Tablescaping to you!

  32. Susan, your tablescape and menu is just so pretty and so clever. I love the greenhouse with the beautiful flowers and candles and the little birds holding the votives. The clay chargers and flower pots for the dessert are wonderful. Such a unique idea. What a treat for the eye. Hugs, Marty

  33. Styling by Coty Farquhar says

    Hi Susan,

    I’m back!! I have so missed your great Tablescape Thursdays party. I had a pretty busy couple of weeks. I have an Autumn tablesetting this week and I am also mixing my post with Outdoors Wednesday. Lots of lovely Autumn colours.

    xxx Coty

  34. This is one of the prettiest tablescapes I’ve seen and I can’t wait to have a garden party for my neighbors…I think I will definitely borrow the garden glove napkin ring idea and the terra cotta chargers! Thanks for such great inspiration and ideas! Sonia/Miss Bloomers

  35. My Crafty Little Page says

    Looks fun and wonderful and thanks for the recipe. I’ve got to try it. :)Nancy

  36. The Bliss Journey says

    Hi Susan. I have to say you have quite a knack for tablescapes. I have loved them all. This is just stunning.. I love all your little touches.

  37. ivoryspring says

    What a lovely and unique idea — Susan!! I am going have to copy your idea for when the weather gets warmer!!! Thanks for being the hostess with the most-est!

  38. Oh, Susan, this is marvelous! You’ve outdone yourself again. I love the use of the garden gloves and the flower pot chargers! The dirt cake with worms! 🙂 Your table is fun but it’s also very beautiful in the candlelight! You are truly the best!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  39. Kim Evans Pigue says

    Oh my! This is just beautiful. I am amazed with the ideas you come up with and the way you implement them. I am going to duplicate this for Mothers Day. Thanks for sharing!

  40. Marsha's Mpressions says

    Brillant! You are amazing!


  41. Lori (All That Splatters) says

    Your tablescape is BEAUTIFUL!! I love the colors and the flowers. Just gorgeous!

  42. Florida Sue says

    My goodness Susan,you blew me off my chair on this one. All I can say is WOW. I think I even have some of those great chargers! I will be filing this one with your lanai sheers photo,(and the tips that you so graciously sent me to hang some of my own)

  43. Leigh of Bloggeritaville says

    adorable!! It’s just precious!

  44. Scribbler says

    My two favorite things are your greenhouse with candles and flowers and the cheesecakes. I think I have heard this dessert also called Texas Dirt cake, back when I lived there. Nayway, if it has cheesecake and Oreos, it HAS to be scrumptious, right?


  45. Love, love, love this garden party tablescape! I am especially fond of the oreo dirt cheesecakes in the flower pots. So cute!

  46. Teacup Mosaics says

    This is the most beautiful spring tablescape ever! I am so happy to be participating this week, it has been a while. As always thanks for hostessing.

  47. Blondie's Journal says


    This is just fantastic! I love your greenhouse! I tried so hard to examine how you arranged the flowers but I am at a loss. Beautiful in the day and at night! And of course all the garden ideas~the gardening gloves, now I know why that elastic band is there! And the terra cotta chargers~fabulous.

    I have seen the cookie flower pots before however, only in large planters. These were so cute individual and I like the edible straw.

    Just love everything. Your hard work is my inspiration! 😀


  48. Mrs. B. Silly says

    Such creativity! Your dessert is just adorable!

  49. I love the addition of the bamboo handle flatware! The finishing touch~ NICE 🙂

  50. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    Your tablescapes are always so gorgeous! Love the flower pot with cheesecake!


  51. Elegance and fun all rolled into one!! Your table makes me want to sit a while…and I think I hear a bird 🙂 Thanks for hosting!

  52. What a beautiful table — I love garden tables whether inside or out. Alas, no entertaining at Linderhof this week and thus no TT for me! (sigh!)

  53. The Bloom Girls says

    Oh Susan,

    You have done it again! This is so charming! I love the pink and green and I love the way you did the dessert! Madison and I just made dirt cups last week but we didn’t put them in flower pots. That made is so much cuter! Love it all!

    Have a fabulous week!

    Karyn, The Bloom Girls

  54. tales from an O.C. cottage says

    Get out of here! That table is the most adorable thing I have ever seen!
    I just LOVE it!!

    m ^..^

  55. southerninspiration says

    I almost gasped when I saw how gorgeous your table setting was…..it is fabulous!!! You’re so, so creative and it looks totally awesome…I’m so impressed.


  56. Kathleen Ellis says

    How FAbulous! I love a beautiful garden themed dinner on YOUR porch!
    and…I LOVE eating dessert first!
    I have made a version of this dessert for about 21 years…it is my son’s favorite b-day treat, he’ll be 25 next month! I don’t usually do it with flowers for a bunch of guys…but do add extra “worms” and “bugs”!
    Thanks for a FABulous treat!

  57. Lindsay @ Peacock Blue says



    You are just the greatest! I am on the hunt for different items to use for napkins “rings”. The garden glove it so cute! Thank you so much for all of the creative and practical ideas you share with all of us.


  59. Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria says

    This turned out beautiful! I love all the garden themed details. So fun and pretty! The cheesecake pudding dessert looked so yummy!


  60. Oh SUSAN!!!! This table just makes me SIGH….it is gorgeous! I can NOT believe I FORGOT about posting a table! So, I WILL next week! I Love, love, love your garden party and will be copying some of these wonderful ideas for my dinner group! I ahve a recipe for dirt CAKE but LOVE this idea more! You are SOOOO good, GF! Gee, I just love this one! Thanks again! Love, Pinky

  61. Southerncook says

    Susan, An amazing table setting. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. What a wonderful inspiration. Thank you for hosting this party.

    Carolyn, N FL

  62. cedwards55 says

    Not only is your tablescape completely wonderful, the lighting is incredible and the garden gloves as napkin rings would even make Martha proud! Love the music, love the cheesecake, love the gummy worms, Love it all!

  63. PS, forgot to ask: where did you get the beautiful wine glasses with the birds painted on them? They remind me of my painted wine glasses that have a different flower on each one! I also have the SAME flatware! (Great minds…..) Are the daisies on the greenhouse a vine? Or individual flowers? Sorry for all the questions! As you can see I LOVE this one!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. Michelle@Fromhousetohome says

    What a perfect garden theme! I love your desserts with the little pots. My kids go crazy for the cup of dirt at TGIFridays. And they love those cereal straws. Although I never buy them, they are a special treat at their Nana and Papa’s house. I’m going to make your desserts soon, the cheesecake ones for the adults and the regular pudding ones for the kids.

    Beautiful job!

  65. Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity says

    Your tablescape is just darling. I love the colors.
    Hugs, Terrie

  66. Casabella West says

    As always it’s perfect! I can’t wait to see what you are going to do each week! Beautiful!

  67. The Bloom Girls says

    Hi Susan,
    The garden gloves used as napkin rings is genius….very clever and adorable.
    Nola @ The Bloom Girls

  68. I love this tablescape! So cool! I’d love to find a small greenhouse like yours, as the possibilities are endless! What a great idea for a yummy dessert! You just gave an idea for my daughter’s birthday party. Thanks, Susan!

  69. Fifi Flowers says

    Ooooh… I LOVE your table!!! Soooo FUN and PRETTY!!!
    ENJOY your day!

  70. Barb @ GritsandGlamour says

    Susan – this was one of Cole’s favorite desserts accept we usually made choco pudding. he liked dipping the worms in the “mud” pudding. This tablescape is just too cute for words. And how cute are your painted wine glasses mixed in. The glove idea is smashing.

    Thanks as always for being a great hostess.

    Hugs, Barb

  71. Really Rainey says

    Such a cute tablescape and you weren’t kiddin about the color of the sky! Wow sooooo pretty! Oh and please pass me a little Gerber Daisy pot of CHEESECAKE!?!? YUM!

    Fun Fun Susan… Thanks
    ~Really Rainey~

  72. Roses at Wedgwood House and Gardens says

    Wow, Susan, I am sure you will never get around to reading this, judging by the number of posts. Wow! you are so popular and I would say, very much deserving. You are doing a wonderful job. Love all your pictures including the latest entry. But I want to say how much I am loving the music and I have kept it on all night while I go on with other “stuff” Thank you for picking out such great, yet different to each other, tunes. Amongst everything else, blues and goodness knows what, we have little pieces of Opera, though I love all music. Just enjoyed Puccini’s La Bohem “Your Tiny Hand is Frozen” Thanks a million.

  73. Abby Lanes says

    You wowed me beyond where I thought I could be wowed! I marvel in your creativity! I am going to do this with my kids. I love it! Thank you!

  74. Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage says

    I LOVE this tablescape. I plan on using your recipe and ideas for my kids. Thanks!

  75. Sharing with Sherri says

    Just TOO CUTE !!! and you are just TOO CLEVER!!!

    I soooo appreciate the all the effort you took to make such a creative tablesetting for all to enjoy!!!

    Thank you for sharing!!

  76. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    OMG Susan! This one is fantastic! I just had a fits over each picture & now I want cheesecake! Great post – you are just too clever for words! ☺♥☺ Diane

  77. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Susan, this is brilliant! Great idea for chargers and for desert! The table looks so pretty. laurie

  78. Wsprsweetly Of Cottages says

    Ok..it ISN’T what you’ve got, it’s what you DO with what you’ve got! Right?
    Good grief that table is amazing. This woman is a genius! Every tablescape is a work of art! (and I’m using coke glasses..oh dear! I have no class..no class at all!)
    I really have fun doing it though.
    Thanks Susan! Such cute ideas!

  79. carolinajewel says

    Beautiful table Susan. It is so fun and pretty and I love the idea of garden gloves for napkin rings! That last shot is breathtaking!!! 😀 Jewel

  80. How unbelievably beautiful- a real treat for the eye.


  81. Oh, very cute!! Love the whole garden theme. The napkin rings are too funny! And, I’m going to have to make those little cheesecake flower pots soon. Have to sub crushed graham crackers for the oreos as my daughter is allergic to chocolate. Poor child..

  82. My what a lovely tablescape…..

    I love your flower pot cheese cakes……so cute!

    Have a beautiful day at your garden party.

  83. La Donna Welter says

    What a beautiful blog! Such a wonderful place to visit! : )

  84. Charming, imaginative, sweet — Susan, you are THE best! What a wonderful table!

  85. First of all…how clever are you!?! I love all you ideas! The terra cotta saucers for charger and the gloves for napkins rings! How cute…
    We have made that dessert many of times, it has always been a fun thing to make because it really looks like dirt. That is why my mother-in-law always called it “dirt dessert”. I have wonderful, funny stories to go with this dessert! I also like the idea to use the straw cookies to hold up the flower.
    You have another wonderful post, filled with beautiful pictures and again with great ideas! Thank you!

  86. "Blossom" says

    Susan, this is so darn cute. My granddaughter would love this!
    Flowers and cookies, don’t get any better than this. And the glove napkin ring who would have thought.

  87. What a gorgeous tablescape!! Yours are always so pretty. That dessert really looks yummy. I’m coming over to have some. LOL!

  88. I LOVE Oreo Dirt, and the gummie worms were a nice touch! 🙂 I have to tell you though – I’m gonna steal that idea of using the terracotta water pans for chargers! GENIOUS! I’ll pay you credit of course! 🙂 Beautiful Susan, as always. I wish you lived in NY, then you could help me with my soon to be patio!

  89. Oh Susan this ws one of my favorites! That table was so beautiful & the cheesecake receipe was great! I had seen these little jewels done & on a table but, never had the HOW TO on them. This one is a keeper. Sure wish I had been there to share the evening because it looked perfect. That one phot taken at night was stunning! Have a great weekend. Ours is supposed to be WET.

  90. Leanne~*~Harvest Moon by the Lake says

    I love your tablescape!!! It’s just perfect for a spring get together. I love the greenhouse and at night with the candles lit I love it even more. Thanks for all the creative ideas.

  91. 9405018--Pat says

    Susan, You’ve done it again!!!! Another awesome job….Thanks for sharing…Pat H

  92. Smilingsal says

    I like the idea of the gloves serving as a napkin ring.

  93. Hi Susan…you are so clever! I must try these dirt & worm pots the next time my grandson comes…
    LOL…your porch is so beautiful day or night! 😉 Bo

  94. Goat Creek Grandma says

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I love it! I will have to try and find some terra cotta colored pots that are glazed to try this. I wanted to make break a few years ago in a clay pot and was told I couldn’t because of the chemicals they used in them. I never thought of a glazed pot. Thank you!


  95. I am so amazed at the creativity and fabulous design sense that all you ladies show every week. I will have to plan a week or two ahead and join in one day.
    You sure set the bar high.

  96. What a beautiful spring tablescape. Love the gloves as napkin holders.

    The dessert looks yummy! Been a while since I have had that.

  97. I wish I could be so creative ! It is absolutely stunning!

  98. Sofia Striffler says

    That was darling. I love the pots and the gerber daisies. Still wish I had a porch like that. Beautiful at night.

    Thanks a bunch

  99. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Love it all – especially the green house with candles.

  100. Life on Bonnie Lane says

    I think this is your most creative and clever tablescape ever! You have so many cool ideas, from the garden gloves used as napkin rings, to the pot bases used as charges, and down to the dessert in the pots! I totally love the idea of adding the gummy worm. This is perfect for a garden table, and I really like the candles all lit up!

    You will have to come see my tablescape posting as I attended an event where I was able to take pictures of many extremely creative and lovely tablescapes! It was so much fun!


  101. Lovely and Fun!

  102. Beautiful.

  103. You are absolutely brimming with ideas! Your tables are always a treat and your food is…well…always a treat too! *smile*

    I just added a link to my first ever tablescape! I cheated though…I have photos up of table settings from The Cincinnati Flower Show! It was such fun!

    Next time I will do my own…: )

    Now I am off to read more of your lovely blog and hop over to see more tablescapes!


  104. Hi Susan,
    This is so pretty and fun too. Love the pot trays for chargers is it? And the “potted” desserts, to cute!
    Very pretty when they lights are low too!
    Linda Q

  105. This is mone of my favorite tablescapes, Susan. I even like the music, I love Richy Nelson! Everything on your table is so original and creative. It’s a perfect graden tablescape with that dessert and clay terracota chargers. Just perfect. Love your lantern centerpiece too…Christine

  106. prof en retraite says

    Hi Susan! I love this idea! My grandson will love eating dirt and worms!! lol Your tablescape is so pretty…especially at night!! Have a great weekend…hugs…Debbie

  107. Cass @ That Old House says

    Oh dirt cake! You bring me right back to Girl Scout parties. I love the cheesecake idea; I’m so lazy I might just use the ready-to-eat cheesecake that’s in the dairy sections now.
    OK, now I am imagining that I can smell the Oreos. Really.
    Best — Cass

  108. With all of the things you are involved in, I doubt seriously that you have any time for naps on your porch.
    I love your blog!

  109. Lady Katherine says

    Susan, What a great party! Just love the green house, and the chargers! The cheescake in the pots are the best! So lovely even with the worms! My grandchildren would love this! I mending well and working on my muscles, working really hard to get back where I was 6 weeks ago. Go to Doc Tues, May 5 to plan surgery. Hoping to get a few more weeks off. I am working on a French Country look for my dining room. I tried to go formal, but its not in me. lol I fought doing it in blue. But as I stole from other rooms or storage and now I have made a lot of shelves, I can’t wait to show. Bought tons more dishes. Now I got to go and put another shelf together and paint. Hope to join in soon.

  110. Hi Susan
    Your tablescape is gorgeous…the china…the candles…just lovely. I love the idea of serving the dessert as you did also. Thank you for the recipe and inspiration…I am going to try that. My little granddaughter would love it too!
    I read your Mockingbird story too and isn’t that neat that you were able to record the little soire…seranade. I hope you are able to do some catch up on your sleep though..
    hope you’ve had a great day

  111. Hi Susan, im in AWE, absolutely beautiful!!!! love the music, so suiting.

  112. Kathleen says

    That is just beautiful, and even prettier in the candle light, if possible!
    I have had dirt cakes, but never like that..I have never seen those cereal straws..neat!!
    Great post, Susan! Thanks for all the direction and hosting this HUGE MEME…

  113. Oh, this is heartstopping, it’s so beautiful!

    You can, too, submit this recipe to Foodie Friday. The themes are always optional. No rules.
    Please link this darling, delicious cheesecake!

  114. Yay, thanks! This is a genius recipe!

  115. Everything is just stunning. So pretty.
    The dessert looks like a really fun one that I might try sometime for my grands….

  116. The evening photo was gorgeous – loved your flower pot cheesecake..novel idea and so much fun!
    Fantastic post – and such great ideas!

  117. imjacobsmom says

    Cute idea Susan, making them in individual little pots. I did that years ago in a large pot. Served it at dinner. I freaked out my in-laws by taking a spoonful of “dirt”. I also think that your terra cotta chargers are a cute idea. I may have to borrow that one for my garden party this spring. ~ Robyn

  118. santamaker says

    Just so darn cute. Great idea for chargers!

  119. Suzann @ Lavender and Roses says

    This is the most wonderful tablescape! I am definitely going to make the recipe very very soon!!

  120. Jules from "The Roost" says

    That is the cutest Garden landscape I have ever seen! REALLY CUTE! 🙂 I can’t wait to try it out on my girlfriends 🙂

  121. The Raggedy Girl says

    A most beautiful table, as always…this is sure your thing and you are so good at it. The napkin ring/gloves was such a cute touch.

    The Raggedy Girl

  122. Your creativity knows no bounds! I am pretty much amazed every time I see one of your tablescapes and NOW this most creative of desserts. I am going to do the little ‘flower pots’ for Mother’s Day brunch at my home.
    Thank you, Susan.

  123. Elizabeth (blue clear sky) says

    Gorgeous tablescape and such a cute (and delicious looking) dessert. I will be sure to use that recipe for a garden party. What a beautiful blue sky and great photos.

  124. cute
    cute, cute, cute!!!!!

  125. Susan!
    I just love your crativity….those flower pots are adorable and yummo too! As always your table is fab.
    Have a good weekend!
    (Had a good ride last night in Buckhead!)

  126. Melissa Miller says

    This is my favorite tablescape you have created Susan. 🙂
    I absolutely love the centerpiece and the deep evening sky.
    ~It’s just enchanting.

  127. Hi Susan…one of your best tablescapes ever…I always love when you add food to the mix…What a great idea to use flower pot saucers as chargers and the little pots for your desert…They would make a great dessert for a bridal shower….

  128. Hey Girlfriend…

    Oooh…I lovvvve your Garden Party tablescape!!! It’s so pretty and absolutely darling!!! Girl, you are so creative and clever…using clay pot chargers, little clay pot for the dessert, and garden gloves for the napkin holders…fantablulous!!! I love it, I love, I love it!!! I love the pink and green color combination…the bright pink gerbera daisies are beautiful!!! Your terrerium centerpiece is just captivating with the glow of the candlelight pushing up through the pretty daisies!!! And Susan, you are right…the photo with the cobalt blue sky…fabulous!!! What a lovely tablescape…even the little worms…hehe!!! You are the “Queen of Tablescapes” Darlin’!!! Thank you for sharing this Garden Party tablescape with all of us…so inspirational!!!

    Love ya,
    PS…Thank you for passing on the great “free shipping” deal for the candles!!!

  129. rosecottagegardensandfarm says

    What a lovely table setting for a garden party! Thanks for sharing your fun ideas!

    Happy May Day!
    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

  130. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  131. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  132. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  133. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  134. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  135. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  136. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  137. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  138. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  139. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  140. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  141. Marie Reed says

    This is the most AMAZINGLY creative and fun recipe I’ve seen in ages! I’m flabbergasted! Awestruck! May I post about this and link to you?

  142. teachermomof2 says

    I love your tablescape! Thank you for the inspiration for my end of the year teacher gathering! I love the dessert in the clay pot and the garden glove napkin rings. So sweet!

    Lisa at My Little Corner of the World

  143. Hi Susan, This has to be one of my favorite tablescapes you’ve done. I love the garden theme and the worms. Too cute. Oh’ the song was perfect.


  144. someplace in thyme says

    Thankyou for the recipe, that looks like something my grand children and I would love, beautiful table too, Happy PInk Saturday, Char

  145. Lovely pink daisies again Susan. You’ve got me wanting some now! Happy Saturday!

  146. Elizabeth says

    Gerbera daisies are one of my faborites. You’re table is so beautiful with the candles lit! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  147. English Cottage in Georgia says

    You never cease to amaze me! Your tablescape and dessert idea are delightful! Oh my, love it all!

  148. Tamara Jansen says

    This just looks sooooo fabulous! I really wish I could join you at that fabulous garden party of yours 🙂

  149. Susan,
    I am late getting around to commenting…I thought I had already done so. I guess I thought I had because I spent so much time talking about this beautiful post to every one I know!!! I love every thing about it!!! I have already passed on the idea of the chargers and your centerpiecee!!! You are making me a hit with all of my friends with your wonderful ideas!!! I know it sounds like gushing but it is true!!!

    Everything as usual is gorgeous… and so beautifully executed!!! Thanks for sharing all your amazing ideas every week…I appreciate it very…very much!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  150. Miss Janice says

    Susan, you have done it again…created another awesome tablescape. I love the whole dang thing! I love those garden glove napkin rings. The terracotta charger plates are soooo cute as is all the china and crystal! I especially love the dessert. You are just too good! The best…

  151. Nancy @ La Chambre Rose says

    Lovely photos. I want to start all over again on my blog! Happy Pink Saturday!

  152. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says

    Susan~ ~ ~Stunning as always but even more so this week. So many great ideas to copy, Thanks!
    I am so jealous of your centerpiece. I have to get one for my summer table on the screened porch. Will be sanding and scraping the table today getting it ready to paint White! I am so predictable. Have a lovely Sunday My Dear
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  153. Barb~Bella Vista says

    Susan, I have been away but had to comment on your wonderful tablescape. It is divine….one of my favorites of yours. I LOVE IT!!!! It makes me smile with delight.


  154. Dana and Daisy says

    absolutely beautiful! You should join us for our spring tea party next year which I just participated in.

    I love your music! I might steal a tune or two!

  155. Cami @ Creating Myself says

    Oh Susan, this is my favorite table yet! Although your Easter table was awfully cute too.

    I’ve missed playing w/ y’all on Thursdays but will be back soon.

  156. I have been searching high and low for something special for a baby shower and these desserts are exactly what I was looking for. This table is beyond beautiful.

  157. I just found your blog and soo enjoyed viewing the wonderful photos and ideas!!

    This one is a great idea for my next ladies luncheon..Thank you!

    I'll be back to glean all the wonderful ideas..let alone just view all the gorgeous pictures!!

    A very pleasant blog to visit!!!


  158. Susan, loved visiting this post again. It brings back memories of Earth Day celebrations with my first grade students. Each year we served dirt cake to celebrate. The gummy worms were the favorite part! Thanks for sharing these incredible tablescapes each week. I find that I return to revisit often. You are the best!

  159. A Fire Fighter Wifey says

    My heart is a twitter with excitment! I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this posting! I can't wait until it is warm again and I am able to throw a garden party like this with my friends! I hosted a MNO last year with a fire fly theme… I want to 'steal' this theme and do it this year for our MNO….
    thank you for such wonderful ideas!

  160. Cindy Conner says

    Love this idea!

  161. Susan, I have been poking around your blog now for about a week 🙂 you have such an eye for a beautiful tablescape! I would love to know where you got the tabletop greenhouse/candle holder in the center of this table. I absolutely love it! Thanks for any info!


  162. I know this is an older post but I am just drooling over the terrarium. Would you mind sharing where you found it? I've searched the internet and not coming up with anything. Love it!

  163. Janie Theodore says

    I love the greenhouse centerpiece. I would like to use these for my daughter's shower. Please tell me where I can buy them

  164. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Janie,
    Unfortunately, I found that one in an antique/thrift store years ago. But if you google small terrarium or tabletop greenhouse…phrases like that, I think you'll be able to find something similar online. I hope you can find something that will work. Check on ebay, too!

  165. Sharon in Tulsa says

    This tablescape was just a delight! I saved one of the pictures as the background for my computer. Always such wonderful ideas & your website always has something of interest to me ~ sure wish I had found it earlier. Now I am playing "catch-up" just trying to soak up all the fabulous ideas you offer. I certainly know what will keep me busy on long cold winters ~ drooling over the tablescapes you post & visiting the home tours! THANK YOU ~ THANK YOU!!

  166. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Thanks so much, Sharon! Appreciate those kind words! 🙂

  167. The little greenhouse looks to be the perfect size for a fluttering faerie. What a charming tablescape!

  168. Shari Gann says

    Love this table and the garden gloves could be a little gift from the hostess!

  169. My all time favorite since I am a gardener!!! You are so creative and imaginative. This is just beyond wonderful!!!

  170. Susan, I just joined you last year, and I have to say, this is one of the most creative, imaginative tablescapes I’ve ever seen! Any time I scroll through your seasonal tables and come across this, it literally gives me goosebumps! I smile and always hear myself saying that this is just beautiful! I WILL do this one of these days. I have the cabbage plates and just need to get to a garden center early and get the other supplies. You have such a talent, and I’m so glad you share it with all of us!

    • Thanks so much, Martha! Appreciate those kind words so much! That was such a fun table to create and really a pretty easy one to put together. You will have so much fun with it! Maybe I should do another one this summer and just change up a few things. 🙂

  171. Susan, I love that you actually do respond to comments, also! I would love to see another gardening tablescape like this. I love to garden when our southern heat will permit, so tables like this are right up my alley! I so look forward to all Thursdays.

    • Thanks, Martha! I do try. Sometimes I moderate comments while I’m out running errands away from home, so I’m sure I miss responding to some once I return home. If you ever ask me something and don’t hear back, email me or leave another comment. I can’t wait to spring is here…so much more fun creating tables on the porch than inside. Photo taking is easier, too! 🙂

  172. Lovely! Congrats on 800 Tablescape Thursdays!

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