Hawaiian or Tropical Table Setting

Welcome to the 50th Tablescape Thursday!

Wow, Can you believe it, it’s our 50th Tablescape Thursday! And two weeks from today is the one year anniversary of Between Naps on the Porch! I’m hoping to do something fun that week, still scheming and plotting.Β Speaking of scheming and plotting…there’s been a lot of monkey business going on this past week. Do you remember the tease pic I shared at the end of last week’s TT?

Grass Skirts for a Whimsical Table Setting


Well, this week’s tablescape popped into my head when I spied these colorful hula skirts at Big Lots. What do hula skirts and tablescaping have to do with each other? Inspiration can come in the strangest forms.

Grass Hula Skirts for Whimsical Table Cloth


It’s still summer and the porch still calls…

Summer Table with Colorful Kim Parker Chargers



Especially on days like today…a day filled with breezes that ruffled the sheers.

Bright summer days call for bright summer colors…

Welcome to the Monkey Bar and Grill…your table is right this way!

I’ve had these napkin rings for several weeks…wasn’t sure when I’d used them. Today seemed like the perfect day.

Salad Plate is made by Spode and part of the Kim Parker Home Collection. Pattern is Emma’s Garland “Clover.” (Dinner plate is by Gibson and is available at Big Lots.)

My heart skipped a beat when I first spotted these darling chargers. They are also by Spode and part of the Kim Parker Home Collection…Emma’s Garland. (Salad and charger were found at Marshalls.)

No monkey bar would be complete without a mischievous monkey!

And as you can see…he has friends!


When the conversation is good, dinner can last long into the night…

Summer Table With Hula Skirt Tablecloth


It’s was just starting to get dark outside…and as the light waned, I had a little four-legged help with my tablescaping. Do you see my helper?


Come nightfall, our table takes on a completely different feel.Β There’s just something magical about dining by candlelight.

The world fades away…





Looking forward to your beautiful tablescapes…this 50th Tablescape Thursday!

If you are participating in Tablescape Thursday, please be sure to add your permalink below, and not your general blog address. If you aren’t sure how to obtain your permalink or have any questions about using Mr. Linky for this post, just click HERE for detailed instructions.

Please copy and paste the Tablescape Thursday logo button to your computer. Then you can upload it to your side bar and use it in your tablescape post so your visitors will know you are participating.

Please link back to the host blog, Between Naps on the Porch. This is important because it helps those who are visiting your blog, find the other wonderful tablescapes posted for this Tablescape Thursday.

Please do not add your link below, until your tablescape post is actually published to your blog.

The following blogs have lovely tablescapes awaiting your visit:

*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. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Susan, this is just the cutest thing I've seen in a very long time. Almost makes you feel as if you're in the tropics.. cute, cute, cute… thanks again for hosting another wonderful Thursday for us to play with our dishes..
    hugs ~lynne~

  2. Susan! What a fun table. It is just fabulous. I love the colors and the summer tropical theme! You have some great ideas and the way you bring them to the table is always a treat to behold! Happy TT to you and thanks so much for hosting…

  3. food with style says

    YOU ARE BRILLANT! i adore your pink and green fling, CUTE CUTE CUTE!i love your dishes, almost bot them, but i was lacking your foresight to know all i needed was hula skirts to pull it off!

    HUGE smiles on this one, one of your very best, as fun as a barrel of monekey's!

  4. Such a fun table setting! I love it! So tropical and so festive, the colors are great! 'Love the monkeys too! And I love that you created all this from spotting some hula skirts in a store! Kudos!
    All the best,

  5. Enchanted Rose Studio says

    Susan, another fabulous TT post! I love it all! Love the festive colors, love the whimsy! The monkees are so darling! That pitcher is fabulous! Great find on the dishes! You clever girl, great idea to use the hula skirts as the tablescloth.

    Sorry I couldn't scape this week. Other priorities prevailed. I just had to see what that little tease was all about! I knew it would be worth the wait!


  6. Mari at Once Upon a Plate says

    Susan, you are so clever and surely provide so much terrific inspiration for all. I adore your Monkey Bar theme ~ how much fun is this??!! πŸ™‚

    I want to congratulate you and thank you for 50 weeks of wonderful Tablescape Thursdays (and your upcoming 1st Anniversary.) xo~m

  7. Gypsy aka Tam says

    your tablescape this week is awesome!!!! How fun and clever and so appropriate for a summers dinner on your fabulous porch. Love the hula skirts and the whimsical monkeys. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.
    Have a great Thursday,

  8. I love this, Susan! How cute! You do think of the greatest tablescapes! Now you know how I love your dishes and chargers since I have them too! The little monkey pitcher is adorable! Thank you again for hosting the funnest πŸ™‚ day of the week for us!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ™‚

  9. This is so beautiful and colorful, Susan! Love your "monkey business" going on on "The Porch." Your little fur-baby is hiding pretty darned well down there. I may have to have one of those candle lanterns. So pretty! Not only are you dining on the porch in candlelight. But up in the trees, as though you're in a gorgeous and elegant tree house full of monkeys!

  10. Susan, as always… what a delight coming here!

    We love you!


  11. Hi Susan!
    I love this! It's too cute. The monkeys are so playful ~ perfect with the skirt, chargers, salad plates, and utensils. Very fun table!

    What a great, summer treat!

  12. Hi Susan! Beautiful table and such a fun theme! I'm glad to be able to join in this week. Having trouble with main PC.

    Summer's definitely time for monkeying around. LOL

  13. carolinajewel says

    Love the table in all types of light! It really does have a different feel. I love the Kim Parker patterns by Spode. I was sad when they were discontinued, but it is nice to find them at such good prices. Love the Monkey Bar & Grill! πŸ˜€ Jewel

  14. The Country Nest says

    Susan, What a great idea! I have some natural skirts and never thought to do that~You are a great inspiration to us all. I always love your tablescapes. Your pictures are great too. I did mine at dusk and it was too dark, I think I'll try to take them in the day and night next time. I learn so much from your blog. Thanks!

  15. Oh, how cute! I did a luau theme a while back, but never found any grass skirts. Yours are so pretty and colorful. I've got those same little Spode plates too. I love seeing your monkey pitcher again.

    I noticed your little furry helper. My pug Lucy was helping me too, but she escaped without getting in any shots.

    Can't believe TT's anniversary is coming up in a couple of weeks!

  16. What an absolutely beautiful tropical tablescape! you are so talented! :O) Mary @Boogieboard Cottage

  17. Susan–Congratulations on 50 weeks of beauty,fun,and entertainment!!
    I truly look forward to seeing what you dream up every week! Too cute for words! I was wondering how kitty liked the grass skirts :)??

  18. Darling! Just Darling! You come up with the most fabulous ideas!!
    Congrats on the 50th Tablescape! I'm playing along, too! πŸ˜‰

  19. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    Congratulations on your 50th tablescape! How exciting. As always, you table is so special. Love the monkey! What a great inspiration. Hula skirts, who'd of thunk it? Fantastic!


  20. The Bloom Girls says

    Hi Susan,
    Oh my, you have created the perfect luau tablescape. I can almost hear Don Ho singing and feel the ocean breezes. So darn cute!
    The Bloom Girls

  21. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    This is fantastic! Love all the bright cheery colors! You always amaze us with your TTs!


  22. Oh Susan…this is darling!!! I love these dishes!!! I have had my eye on them since the last time you used them!!!

    Absolutely wonderful!!!


  23. Frugal Fine Living says

    I just love this tablescape! It's so fun! I love the pink and green hula skirts. The dishes and chargers are so pretty, and the monkey is adorable!


  24. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    Fun tablescape, Susan!! I love those grass skirts.

  25. This is so cute and so much fun, Susan. Love it! Love the colors and of course I love those Spode dishes that is why I bought them too but I love the monkeys (pitcher and sign) also….Christine

  26. ahhhh, this is one of the cutest tablescapes yet. I just love every thing about it. The monkey pitcher is so so precious.
    Thanks so much for hosting.

  27. The first photo of the evening shot is so dreamy. So much fun and so clever. Is your cat wearing an eyepatch?????

  28. Great and festive tablescapee. I love the hula skirts as the tablecloth. How fun. The monkey pitcher is so cute, I just love it. The salad plates and chargers are so pretty with all the pretty colors. Fun table. Hugs, Marty

  29. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    What an absolutely clever use of hula skirts! The table is adorable. Did you serve monkey bread? πŸ™‚

  30. Well, it seems someone has been MONKEYING around with her dishes and how creative is this!!!??? I just love it! I did see your 4 legged helper too! I so envy you, your porch….maybe someday. However right now my DH is calling me to come out onto the deck with him so off I go. Hope you all like my table this week, I got a present so HAD to do a table:):):) Hugs, Pinky

  31. Melissa Miller says

    Susan this is so happy and fun! Love the skirt and the monkeys.
    So cute! πŸ™‚

  32. hi susan,

    what a beautiful and summery table. the centerpiece is awesome!!!

    happy TT 2 U!


  33. A Classy Flea says

    LOVE the colors. Those are such wonderful dishes. Now a tease for you – I put a shout out to you in our blog today. Can you say books?

  34. Blondie's Journal says

    You have the makings of your own little tropical restaurant here, Susan!! Just love the jungle theme…

    I must have been under my favorite rock when you found those adorable chargers and dishes at Marshall's. Love them!! And what a difference in your tablescape from day to night!!

    Happy 50th and applause to you for being such a gracious and fun hostess these last 50 weeks! πŸ™‚


  35. Leigh of Bloggeritaville says

    I just adore the festive feel and spirit of this tabelscpae. Its whimsy its happiness, its a celebration! The colors are gorgeous! LOve it! What time is the party?

  36. Graceful Moments says

    Love the monkey business…fabulous and fun!

  37. That's the happiest and most colorful table. Everything goes together so beautifully. You have a great imagination. I know what you mean when you can spot one thing and you get the whole idea from there.

  38. Debbie Moore's Slice of Pie Cookbooks says

    Susan … you are most creative this week! I've loved all your posts, but this table couldn't be more adorable! I recognize those napkin rings! I'm amazed at the number of things we all have! Thank you so much for introducing me to this whole blog party concept! Might host mhy own one of these days.


  39. Susan, This Monkey Bar and Grill Theme is very creative and cute.
    I just your ideas and think that your blog is wonderful.
    I sorta got my act together and am participating this week!
    How's about that?

  40. Susan Love the monkey!! Great colors. Your tables always look so wonderful. Have a great week. Looking forward to next week. Julie

  41. Blue Creek Home says

    This is just delightful!
    You must have a huge pantry to store all of your lovely pieces!

  42. I just don't know how you come up with these delightful tablescapes! This is too cute! I am running down to Marshall's right now to get those plates! Wish me luck!!!

  43. Susan…just a congrats on 50 tablescape Thursdays! Wow…that is a milestone.
    Your monkey table looks like a lot of fun and the grass is perfect for the tablecloth!

  44. santamaker says

    Susan, Congrats on your 50th week of hosting Tablescape Thursday!
    You do such a great job each week, giving us something to aspire to and a chance to have fun and show and tell our own creations. This weeks, is one of my favorites for sure. I feel like I need a pina colada in one of those monkey faced coconuts! Would this be a great way to kick off a cruise! HEY!!! What a GREAT idea……. wouldn't it be fun to go on a all girls Between Naps on the Porch blogger's cruise?!? Sign me up! ALOHA!

  45. Moments of Grace says


    I have been following your blog for sometime now and I am in love with all that you do. I live in a 2 bedroom town house and do not have a lot of extra room to work with but you have given me so many ideas that I feel like I have a real home. I live alone as well and so I am able to take complete liberty in decorating my space.
    thank you so much for your lovely inspirations. My favorite photos are those of your porch. I am a HUGE fan of front porches and hope, within the next year, to have a home with a porch.
    thanks again for your lovely blog.

    In Grace,

  46. This is just beautiful, I so want to come to dinner πŸ™‚
    I've never taken part in Tablescape Thursday, I'm only seeing for the first time this past week your blog and the others that join in. And I have to say I am totally inspired. I have taken pictures of my table settings in the past but don't have the stuff to create a summer one. I'll read more about TT and see if I can post any theme or if it should be relevant to the season? I can't wait to browse Mr. Linky and see all the others.
    Hugs Denise

  47. How original you are. Love those chargers too!

  48. sUCH A cute fun tablescape and I LOVE the monkey!!! You are always so clever when it comes to tablescapes and this is certainly another great one. You are the tablescape guru — we can all learn from you.

  49. cedwards55 says

    Fifty tablescapes sounds like a book to me. I adore this tablescape. I can nearly hear the band (can't think of the name of the ones with the metal drums). One of my all time favorites.
    hugs Susan!

  50. fiberdoodles says

    Oh this is too cute! What a clever use of the skirts. I don't know if I would want to eat or play πŸ˜‰


  51. squawmama says

    Susan this is why you are the host of Tablescape Thursday… This was such a cute table… YOU ROCK!!!


  52. Dearest Susan,
    Congratulations to you, your devoted followers, and your talented participants on 50 consecutive beautiful, inspiring, and entertaining Tablescape Thursdays!

    I'm so honored to have become a small part of this wonderful tradition. Your tables always amaze me. Whether you're presenting tasteful elegance, romantic drama, or the delightful whimsey of a table set for "monkey business," they're perfection … down to the smallest detail. Technical expertise and artistic excellence are exemplified by everything you undertake.

    Cheers and very best wishes!

  53. Fifi Flowers says

    Your table is GREAT!!! Sooooo FUN!!!

  54. Anonymous says

    Susan….WOW!!!! You are so talented and such an inspiration to all of your faithful followers in Blogland. I just love the pink and green Hula skirts with your beautiful dishes. The adorable monkey pitcher adds a special little touch to your perfect table. Your photography is fantastic.
    Congratulations on 50 beautiful tablescapes!!!!

    Katherine S.

  55. The Bloom Girls says


    This is so cute! You know how much we all love the Monkey! He is so cute and he adds the perfect touch to that awesome table! I think Max is jealous and wants to be in the tablescape too! Have a great week!


  56. I don't know how you do it! Stunninly beautiful yet FUN at the same time. That centerpiece arrangement was incredible, especially at night.

  57. tales from an oc cottage says

    How cute!!! Mahalo for such a fabulous display!

    m ^..^

  58. driftwoodroses says

    How gorgeous is this! I love the monkey bar sign, very cute! The colors are so happy and inviting too. Lovely!!

  59. great tablescape, so pretty and tropical and colorful. I am imagining the food that would be served at a table like that. What a feast!!
    β™₯ Rebecca

  60. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Absolutely adorable! Love that monkey pitcher and all of your pretty plates. Great idea with the grass skirts. It's all so much fun. Congratulations on 50 tablescape posts! Wow! And a year of blogging. Wow! You've had a great year of posts and 50 great tablescapes. laurie

  61. TheTinyJEWELBox says

    That is simply gorgeous!

  62. what an adorable table down to the last detail!!! and our marshall's hasn't had any china that cute (live in town of about 50,000)……as usual your scape is picture perfect and deserving of magazine cover……..have a blessed day!!! jennie in tn <><

  63. Hi Susan,
    This is so creative. I always enjoy seeing your beautiful tablescapes.

    Thank you for hosting,


  64. The Tablescaper says

    Dear Susan:
    Congratulations on the big five -O-. That's a lot of tablescapes!

    Love the hula skirts and bright colors. Lots of fun.

    Come visit.
    -The Tablescaper

  65. Now that is a 'swing through the trees' over the top table. I would like to make reservations for this evening after I return from a day of thrifty. I'll need the whole table because there will be my blogging friends who will want to see what I bought! I may even have a little something special for the big 50 celebration πŸ˜‰

  66. This is so cute and creative! Good job!


  67. Cami @ Creating Myself says

    The 50th? Time passes when you're having fun, huh? ;o) I haven't been able to play for a while but have a post ready today.

    Thsi is such a fun, stylish table Susan…love the use of the grass skirts! Thansk for hosting!!!!

  68. Susan, there is a tablescaping book in you! Gather your pictures together and publish. You are gifted!

  69. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    How fun! I love your "helper" for the candles in the middle of the table, and, of course, the monkeys are adorable.

  70. "Blossom" says

    I had just gone to a backyard party and the host had done something similar to this. I didn't have my camera; I wish now I had. So cute and I love the colors.

  71. Terri and Bob says

    What a totally fun post! LOVE it and a perfect August party!

  72. Susan: I'm banannas over your tablescape this week! Congratulations on your one year anniversay. Jennifer

  73. Lady Katherine says

    The grass skirts, make the table! The colors are perfect with your floral chargers! I have always adored the monkey pitcher! Bamboo flatware works perfect! Love the flower napkin rings! I love the glasses with this setting! All the candles, lamps make for a wonderful night of enjoyment on your wonderful Porch! I am sure any guest would be thrilled to set at the table with the Monkey sign leading the way!

  74. Lady Katherine says

    Happy 50th Tablescape Thursday! May they be many more! Thanks for taking the time to do this Event every week!

  75. Debbie Pearson @ Creative Chics says

    This is such a fun and festive tablescape! Love the addition of the monkeys too. Anyone would want to come to this party πŸ™‚

  76. Cottage Rose says

    Hello Susan; Wow what a lovely and fun table setting… And to think your setting started out with grass skirts,,, I would love to see inside you brain,,, and how it works..lol just so colorful and beautiful..

    thanks for sharing.


  77. Andrea at Opulent Cottage says

    That tablescape is just darling! It's the most clever use of grass skirts that I have ever seen. Thanks for a fun party, Susan!

  78. Wow, 50…that's a milstone. I like the way you changed this one after dark…I hear Tiki is in πŸ™‚

    Love your scapes!!


  79. inner_child says

    I adore the pink and green hula skirts!

    Paula – Mise en scΓ¨ne

  80. Willow Decor says

    Such a pretty table – ADORE the grass skirts! I only partially scaped with directions for DIY table runner and napkin rings. But they are so easy I just had to share.
    Big Hugs,

  81. Susan,this is lovely and so tropical. Loved seeing our little monkey frined. More later…

  82. Oh my gosh how fun! I love it! The skirts are such a good idea!

    All the best,

  83. I just had to try it… I came up with a tablescape for dinner tonight, so I posted to your Mr. Linky πŸ™‚

  84. Suzann @ Lavender and Roses says

    You have the greatest ideas! I would walk by half of the things that you own and wonder how they could be used. YOU are able to make beauty out of great finds. Because of you and your wonderful blog I have learned to look at everything i see with different eyes. Thank You for all you do.

  85. Cass @ That Old House says

    Hi Susan .. what an adorable and creative table! Love the brilliant summer colors, and using the skirts as table covers is brilliant. SO adorable, the whole thing. I'm going to remember this one . . . Thanks!

  86. Beansieleigh says

    Oh Susan, Again I do not participate.. I only spectate! But I just LOVE your tablescape! What fun!.. and just beautiful!! I love the little mischievous monkey too! I just do not dare participate yet, but I have so much fun seeing all the posts! I feel like the "young grasshopper" still watching and learning!! I did however, just this past week, purchase a small and simple set of luncheon dishes that I thought were just adorable… one small, wee, little baby step in the right direction, yes?! ~tina

  87. Envoy-ette says

    Hi Susan!
    I'm having a 1000 post give away!
    I'll have something pink, blue and a tablescape item…and maybe some chutney made in the Midwest! Spread the word! Drawing is Monday night!Good Luck!

  88. What fun, Susan! The table looks great…You need those little money name card holders I found at WmSonoma Outlet!
    I think I cured my blog..it was in the counter!

  89. Congrats Susan on 50 TTs!!

    You have once again accomplished such a creative table! So fun and colorful. The monkey pitcher is so cute! Thanks again for being such an inspiration to so many of us! Miss Bloomers

  90. p.s. congrats on having 50 tablescape thursdays!!
    β™₯ Rebecca

  91. Ldy ~~ Dy says

    Me and monkeys don't do to well. But your table is just fabulous! I really liked your little guy hanging on that pitcher! Everything was just magical! I haven't been able to post a Tablescape for the last couple of times…but I still love to come back and comment on everyone's and be inspired!! Happy 50th TT!

  92. Susan, Just so beautiful! I have enjoyed your tablescapes so much and have to thank you for bringing so much beauty into my life.
    Your site is a joy to visit and I thank you for all the pleasure it has given me.

  93. Oh what fun and whimsy! I love the tropical theme, the grass skirts, and your monkey pitcher. Now, how about a banana daquiri?

  94. Joan Nova says

    Came to you via link from Once Upon the Plate. What a fabulous array of tablesettings…I'll back each month. Right now off to 'tweet' this post.

  95. As usual your tablescape is so cool. This one was so playful! I'm going to have to get my act together and do another Tablescape Thursday soon myself.

    If you'd like to stop by my blog sometime soon…I have an award for you. I know sometimes these things can get tiresome and I'm sure you get so many of them. I truly do enjoy your blog so much though that I immediately thought of you. The recipients are supposed to, in turn, give it away to 15 more bloggers….that seemed like a really big number to me because it was very time consuming. Anyway, I'm letting everyone know that they can give the award to as many or as few as they want. That way it isn't a burden and remains the nice gesture that it is meant to be. πŸ™‚

    So please feel free to handle it anyway you like. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy what you do!

  96. Hello Susan – this has to be the cutest, colorful, most playful table scape I've ever seen! The idea to put the hula skirts on the table is genius. Cutealicious! Of course I love the Emma Garland pattern and those napkin rings looks so pretty. That monkey pitcher steals the whole show! He's too funny. Thank you for sharing!


  97. Cote de Texas says

    who can ever compete with you and that porch? at night the table just comes alive – how beautiful! even though it's supposed to be fun and festive, it looks so beautiful at night.

    aND i love that book in the latest post! it sounds wonderful. I wonder – does it say who designed that country room? I really like that one!!!!!


  98. Hello Dearheart…

    What a fun and festive tablescape, my friend! I love the bright colors and all of your creativity!!! I would have never thought to use grass skirts as a table covering and I just love it!!! What a fun and pretty way to bring in a theme and color!!! I just love your Spode dinnerware…so pretty! It's all so beautiful and so much fun!!! Girl, I just adore that little monkey pitcher…hehe! How cute!!!

    Love ya,

  99. Linda/"Mom" says

    * Whew! I fiiinally made it here, & am sooo glad I did! Susan, you just keep getting better n' better~~~ what a creative mind you have, Sweets!!! DEEEELIGHTFUL!!!! I went "BANANAS" over this! Love, Linda

  100. Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend says

    Maybe my favorite tablescape EVER…..

  101. Prettiest Hula Skirted table Ever!!!!! Love everything Susan!!

  102. Kathleen Ellis says

    Adorable tablescape, Susan! and in my favorite color scheme…pink and green! Love it!
    Have a fabulous week!

  103. California Girl says

    I love the tables you set and photograph. I thought you were a designer but you say no. So, my question to you is, do you set up the tables each week just for the blog? Do you entertain each week and do the tables for that? You have such an eye and such great color and style sense.

  104. You need to have your own t.v. show or magazine!! You are so talented you just blow me away!!! Loved the survey too,all the best,Chrissy

  105. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    This is just the most adorable tablescape! I love your back porch when it's dark with the lamps & candles lit! ☺ Diane

  106. Miss Janice says

    Susan, this is the most precious tablescape! I love the pink & green skirts and those dishes are so cute!

  107. Susan Herin says

    test comment

Leave a Reply to The Bloom Girls Cancel reply


Send this to a friend