Lemonade Days

Welcome to the 105th Tablescape Thursday!

It’s still very much summer here in the sunny south…and I’m loving every moment of it. I’m one of those strange people who loves hot weather. Cold weather…not so much.

Since I was really hoping you might be stopping by this evening, I made us some yummy lemonade and cookies. What’s that? You’re wondering about that tripod out on the deck? Shhhh, that’s my top secret, special ops, hummingbird spy station. Either that, or I’m spying on the neighbors. πŸ˜‰

A few months ago I was shopping in HomeGoods, one of my favorite stores in this big, ole world…and I came across this awesome beverage server. It was super reasonably priced, as most things are at HG.

Wouldn’t it look great with the bottom portion filled with shells for a beach party?

You could use tangerines if you were serving an orange flavored drink.

I think the possibilities for the bottom section are endless. It would be lovely just filled with summer flowers….or how about mini pumpkins for the fall.

Oh, oh, oh…great idea just hit! How about ornaments at Christmas time…with a yummy cranberry punch above! πŸ™‚ I think I’ll have fun trying new things in the bottom.

Soooo, come on over here and grab a lemon-covered glass…

And fill it up with some icey cold lemonade. I’ve saved you a spot right over here on the swing.

Don’t forget the cookies…ya gotta keep your strength up for porch swinging, ya know. πŸ™‚

Happy Sweet Summer, dear friends! Fall will be here soon enough so let’s savor these last warm days out on the porch…every. single. last. one of them.

2-Gallon Beverage Server: By Artland, The Simplicity Collection…found at HomeGoods
Lemon Glasses: Dollar Tree, last summer, I think
Information about the Tabletops, Ma Maison china seen on the hutch can be found HERE. It’s #7 under the Non-Holiday Group and #6 under the Holiday group.

Looking forward to viewing your beautiful tablescapes!

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  1. Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful says

    Oh, Susan, you are definitely going to have fun with your new beverage server! I'll look forward to seeing how you fill it next! LOVE your porch and wish I could join you for some lemonade.

  2. Love your beverage server, Susan, and I feel cooler just looking at that wonderful lemonade! I can see how cold it is from the condensation forming on the outside of the container. Your porch looks so beautiful and inviting.

    Thank you for hosting and for making us all feel so welcome and valued. You're, as always, a charming Southern hostess. Keep cool!

    Kindest regards,

  3. Terry @ La Bella Vie says

    Hi Susan! Scoot over girl, I am just now on my way over to sit and sip a nice cold glass of Lemonade with you. So many things to chat about…like dishes and table settings and so much more:)
    Thank you for hosting another TT! I just love it and that darling porch!

  4. That lemonade looks very refreshing, Susan. The container is so pretty and you are right, it has endless possibilities…Christine

  5. I love the hot weather too and I want some of that lemonade! It looks so yummy. That entire porch looks so inviting πŸ™‚

  6. SUSAN! That's absolutely adorable! I've never seen a beverage server like that, but what a great idea! You need a beverage server to be elevated, or else the spigot has to hang off the edge–I like this the best of any I've ever seen. And oh, that lemonade looks absolutely wonderful. (Now, if you need a recipe for a Christmas punch that's–how shall I say?–"spirited," let me know. I'll look forward to seeing more of this cute serving piece!

  7. Nancy's Notes says

    Oh Susan, what a great beverage server, I'll be by shortly for a drink, looks refreshing. What a beautiful room filled with gorgeous wicker, it's all just amazing, your decor is just out of this world. Love that adorable swing. Okay, do tell, are you spying on your neighbor's dinner tablescape? I am sure she needs help! You know she has been eying yours!

    Thanks for being a wonderful hostess and I am happy to be joining in on your party.


  8. bunny, The Paris House says

    Hello Susan, your porch is so beautiful, I would love some of that lemonade! Love all the colors in your porch decor and the pretty dishes on the hutch.

  9. Your porch is so inviting, lemonade truly makes it paradise. I really like the beverage container and totally agree about things to put in the bottom — endless opportunities for your boundless creativity.

  10. G'eve Susan ~
    Another gorgeous presentation! I love the lemony touch …

    Have a lovely eve ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  11. oh, wow! your porch is to die for! i thought it was a magazine at first! love it, and i would love osme of that lemonade!

  12. Pam @ diy Design Fanatic says

    Susan, I love your beverage server! What a wonderful thing to have for a party! And, you're right, it is so versatile! Thanks for hosting!

  13. Hi Susan! I always stopping by you porch. Thanks for the lemonade;)
    Isn't Home Goods the best?! We try to go at least once a month to see what's new. Stop by and I'll grab another bowl for some cereal and berries for you.

  14. Donna@Conghaile Cottage says

    "Oh Susan" that is SO wonderful"…I'm thinking cider with apples in the bottom… It looks HUGE too!!! WOW what a find!!! I too LOVE Home Goods… Hugs, Donna

  15. Lisa's Creative Home says

    I'll be right over for that glass of lemonade! Your porch is just so darling. What a great place to relax. Love the beverage server!

  16. Hello there once again lovely lady!

    Oooh my Susan!..,

    You've outdone yourself once again!~ My, I just love, love, love your veranda with all of the scrumptious citrus colours, pretty fabrics, decorative accessories and white wicker settees and table, lovely fresh details are fabulous! ~ Why even the pretty napkins and dear cottage ornaments on your dresser shelves and that lemonade beverage server with the sprightly lemons and limes are exquisite and fairly bursting with 'a breath of fresh air feeling'!.., Just beautiful and so inviting!.., Wow!

    I don't know if I want to have 'a nap on the front porch' or linger with yummy cookies and lemonade while fresh breezes waft gently through and the delights of conversation with you dear lady..,I'll take both I think!..,

    ..,"Between naps on the front porch"!..,

    Thanks so much for hosting yet another delightfully uplifting and inspiring Tablescape Thursday Susan!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
    @ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com
    and also
    @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com

  17. That looks so good! I bought one, haven't used it yet! I like yours better!
    Yours has so many possibilities for sure! How about some skulls and RED punch for Halloween! Or green.

    What fun!
    And your porch looks so inviting!
    Thank you for hosting!

  18. Would you, by chance, be able to tell us the brand or maker of that beautiful beverage server? I fear that if I don't get my hands on own that I'll never be satisfied with my lemonade and punch presentations!


  19. LOVE your beverage dispenser! It does have endless possibilities…right now that cool lemonade looks pretty refreshing~ thanks for hosting πŸ™‚

  20. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    Susan, I think a summer evening drinking lemonade and swinging on your porch would be this gals dream come true!

  21. Susan, beautiful porch! Would love to sip lemonade with you and discuss tablescapes and recipes. You are a doll!


  22. Happier Than a Pig in Mud says

    What a beautiful year round dispenser, I know you'll have fun with it!

  23. Oh, Susan, your porch just takes my breath away. If even I can have a large porch, I hope it can look like yours. It is so charming while being so welcoming at the same time.
    NOW, I almost could come to where you live and arm wrestle you for that beverage server. It is the prettiest one I've ever seen. I just wish we had a HomeGoods here..
    Thanks so much for this lovely post.
    xo bj

  24. Wow Susan! what a great way to serve beverages…and seasonally too! Your lemonade made me thirsty for a tall glass of something sweet and cold.
    LOVE your porch!

  25. So, not only are you a great blog party hostess, you are a great porch hostess as well! I would so enjoy visiting you and seeing what festive idea you come up with next for the server. I love it!! We have one, but it doesn't have the cool part on the bottom!

    Thanks as always for this wonderful party. I really look forward to seeing the scapes all week.

    Does that mean I need a life? Oops.

  26. Isn't this pretty and now I'm thirsty! HA! I love your server and your ideas for displaying seasonal items.

    Your porch is alway so pretty, comfortable looking and CLEAN! How do you manage? I need your secrets!

    Thank you again for a lovely post.

    From Virginia

  27. Fifi Flowers says

    yummmmy table… a glass of lemonade please!!!

  28. Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com says

    Hey Susan! wow I just love your patio area. It is so beautiful…I'm going to show hubby these pictures to give him an idea…or several…hahaha…
    I too love your beverage server. It is wonderful. Everything looks summery and beautiful…as always.

  29. Entertaining Women says

    I wonder if you have to eventually put up a sign on your porch that says, "Guests, the time has come for you to go home…now, please.' I'd never want to leave. I think that I saw a spot on the sideboard where I could keep my toothbrush. I use my beverage server for Mimosas or Hibiscus(champagne + cranberry juice) to greet guests as they come in the door for a large party. Great ice breaker and always a hit. Thanks for Tablescape Thursday, once again. I'm having a ball meeting bloggers from all over the world! Cherry Kay

  30. That server is wonderful! I covet it greatly! And your lemonade glasses….and your beautiful porch (sunroom?)
    Do you have an empty guest room? If you do, I just might become your new boarder!! LOL!

    I promise we'd never fight over the thermostat in summer either!! All cold weather does for me is make me want to hibernate! But warmth?? Ahhhh!

  31. I feel so refreshed after that lemonade! Thanks for another great Thursday!

  32. Melanie @ The Tiny Tudor says

    I love the lemonade server- so many possibilities!

  33. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Susan, I love your beverage server. I can think of a dozen ways to use it right off the top of my head. Would be soooo much fun to use through my open house event.. although I already have 2 I really don't need another. However, I don't have the cookies so I will grab a couple of them and take my turn on the swing.. Our temps here are so fall like right now after being in the triple digits. I'm dressing everything from the shop to the house in fall decor…
    many many hugs ~lynne~

  34. I love your beverage server, and your porch looks so inviting.
    Today was the first day in at least 2 months that it's been cool enough to even sit outside without suffocating. Finally had temps below 100 and low humidity.

  35. What a great beverage server! Love the lemons along the side…makes me thristy to look at your post! Love the little display/storage area at the bottom too…the options are endless of what you could do with it! Such a great piece to have in your entertaining closet! Thanks for hosting such a great party week after week. I enjoy it so much!

    Miss Bloomers

  36. Sharing with Sherri says

    Beverage servers always catch my eye when I see them! This one you found is really great, and I LOVE lemonade too!!!
    For some reason when you were going through your ideas of how else to use it a "goldfish bowl/tank" came to mind, with some cool seashells in it!! Of course you might not want to use it to serve drinks from any more after that…
    Ok I think the heat is getting to my brain! Quick lemonade please!!

    It's been sooo long since have we have visited Susan, I hope you can stop by soon!!

    Hugs, Sherri:)

  37. Sewconsult says

    I am the hostess of the annual Christmas Brunch for the family. I serve a non-alcoholic peach/orange daquari punch. I think it would be fun to put Christmas ornaments in the bottom section. I am going to be looking for this at HG soon. Hope they still have them.

  38. Cass @ That Old House says

    I'd love to join you for cookies and lemonade on your beautiful porch! and you're invited to join me for maybe something a little stronger on the deck at the beach house!
    As always — beautiful, and thanks for hosting!

  39. Good evening my friend! I adore that beverage server and can think of a dozen ways to fill the bottom too! What a GREAT find! It is amazing that all the Home Goods carry such different things. Sure wish I could come share some lemonade: I can almost taste it! And the cookies look yummy too! XO, Pinky

  40. Lady Katherine says

    Susan, I just love your new beverage container! Yes, What endless ideas you can do! Can't wait to see them! The porch looks wonderful today! It was 63 degrees last night and only 91 today! I loved it! I want the cold to stay away! 90's are so great, I not loving the 105 we have had. This week going to be wonderful! Had you for Tea this week. Love the lemonade and cookies, can I lay on the porch swing,for a quick nap?

  41. buttermilkhill says

    That beverage server is beautiful! I'm picturing it filled with spiced cider this fall, with the bottom portion full of clove-spiked oranges, cinnamon sticks, mini pumpkins and the like. Very versatile!

  42. Cabin and Cottage says

    I love your colors today! So cheery! I'm still very into summer and this post is so perky! Thanks for the chance to share–Jacqueline

  43. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Oh Susan, how I wish I could shop at a HG store. All of you bloggers find such great things there. This dispenser is wonderful, and you, of course, have some great ideas for it! Your porch looks so pretty. Thank you for hosting. laurie

  44. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    Wonderful lemonade server! I love all the neat ideas you came up with for the bottom part!

    Thanks for hosting!


  45. Hmmmm what would I put in the bottom? Grapes and fill it with wine? Agave and fill it with tequila? lol.
    I love these containers and your porch looks so inviting.

  46. Hmmmm what would I put in the bottom? Grapes and fill it with wine? Agave and fill it with tequila? lol.
    I love these containers and your porch looks so inviting.

  47. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    That is the pretties beverage server I have seen. I love the fact that you can put things in the bottom portion. What fun you will have changing out the different things for each season. Your porch looks so inviting. I'll be right down for cookies and lemonade. Love & blessings from NC!

  48. Chari at Happy To Design says

    Hello sweet friend…

    Ohhh…what a lovely post! Of course you know that I just love your fabulous porch and the lemonade is sooo perfect for a hot summer day! What an awesome find, Susan…I love your lemonade dispenser! It's so unique too…with the bottom part! It looks so pretty with the lemon and limes in it! Like you said, sunflowers would be pretty too! Thank you for sharing your beautiful porch with us…it's always such a treat, my friend!!! You have a beautiful home!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  49. Purnima@a creative project says

    Susan.. Wow.. Beautiful home.. I love your lemonade server.. It looks so refreshing!!!!

  50. What a fabulous beverage dispenser!!! I was thinking it would look great with Christmas ornaments and then saw your last post. You could also fill it with spiders/webbing if you celebrate Halloween. Since discovering your blog, I really look forward to Thursday now! πŸ™‚

  51. Susan, with temps here of 110, both your porch and that lemonade look so inviting and refreshing. Adore the server, that empty base is so clever for tablescaping to your theme or decor. Thanks for the tablescape today – you have inspired me to make lemonade too.

  52. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Mrs. Pomp,
    I still had the box and just checked…it's made by "Artland" and it says it's from "The Simplicity Collection." It was just $39.99 at HomeGoods about 2 months ago.
    Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  53. Petite Rabbit Vintage says

    You have such a beautiful blog and that lemonade looks so good. Thanks for hosting the tabletops – -I just posted a sneak peak of the one I'm working on. Becky

  54. Your drink server is delightful! I really like the addition of lemons and limes. I like your other ideas, too. It will be fun to see them.

  55. WOW, I've never even seen your blog before!! I always feel so out of the loop when I find a fun blog that tons of people know about, that I'm just now stumbling upon! LOVE the porch, and of course the lemonade looks deliciously refreshing. I definitely will be back, and hopefully will link up soon.

    Also, I'm one of those weird people who love the heat, too, and am soaking up every last summer day. πŸ˜‰

  56. Bella Michelle says

    I just wanted to tell you, that even though I have yet to participate in Tablescape Thursday, it is one of my favorite blog reading days!!!! Thank you for hosting.

  57. Me too, Me too.I love hot,hot summers….I've takn' a long break from blogging,but I am inspired by your blog to "kick-it-back-into-gear"…I get burnt out easily,and lose interest,maybe this time I'll be a better blogger…And miss your tablescapes the most,love this beverage container from Home Goods.

  58. Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage says

    I love the dispenser, I need to get one. I could get a lot of uses from it.

  59. Carmie, the Single Nester says

    Can I come over? This room looks like a breath of fresh air.

  60. I just love that beaverage server, Susan. The lemonade looks gorgeous served in it! I wish I knew where to get one in South Africa! We are so behind the times.
    Thanks for an awesome blog always!
    Warm South African greetings.

  61. Susan, I lOVE your beverage server and wish I had a HG store closer than 2 hours! I love everything about your porch and I'm also interested in the green candleholder on the cocktail table, I love the color. Oh, and I should be over about 5:30 for lemonade and cookies…I thought I'd leave work early since it's a little over 2 hours to your house. πŸ˜‰ JK

  62. Grandma Shell says

    Love your blog! Can I come live on your porch? I'm beyond not-so-much for cold weather. It's absolutely NOT! I love the heat!

  63. Beth at Aunties says

    Susan, your lemonade looks so delicious! I love this server! We used it for lemon water at my sister's recent wedding and I wished I had seen how you served up your lemonade before we did. This looks fabulous. I love the lemons in the bottom and and the slices on the sides. Awesome! Thanks for hosting! ~β™₯

  64. Beth at Aunties says

    Susan, your lemonade looks so delicious! I love this server! We used it for lemon water at my sister's recent wedding and I wished I had seen how you served up your lemonade before we did. This looks fabulous. I love the lemons in the bottom and and the slices on the sides. Awesome! Thanks for hosting! ~β™₯

  65. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    Now that it isn't quite as hot, I don't think I'd ever leave your porch if it were mine. What a beautiful place to sit and sip…read a book…take a nap!

  66. Atelier de Charo says

    Hi Susan, a fantastic server!!!

  67. Requi@Tablescaping Escapades says

    Mmm, the lemonade sure looks refreshing. Love that beverage server. Beverage servers are my newest collection. I think I'm up to 3, maybe 4. Guess, I'll stop collecting them at 5 πŸ˜‰ Yours is so versatile; that bottom portion is great for adapting for themed gatherings.

    All the Best,


  68. I'm head over heels in love your beverage server, Susan!
    The porch is the perfect spot to sit & enjoy such a treat…it looks so beautiful and inviting.

    Thank you for hosting TT every week. I hope to join in next week with at least one table setting.

  69. Michael Lee West says

    Your porch is gorgeous! Miss you!

  70. Dining Delight says

    That is the most fabulous beverage container and you have displayed it so wonderfully! I love the ideas you have for decorating it in the future! Sure to make any gathering special! Thanks again for being the inspiring hostess you always are!


  71. That beverage server is awesome!

  72. Kathy's Red Door Welcome says

    That is one fabulous lemonade server!

  73. Great beverage container, Susan. Lemonade is my favorite summer drink.

  74. Susan, I read this post when it first popped up, but didn't get over here to leave a comment. As always, sitting on that beautiful porch of yours is one of my favorite things to do. The refreshments are just a plus! This all looks so refreshing. I just might be here all day, my friend! ~ Sarah

  75. Just found your blog and I am wondering how it is that you designed my ideal dream-come-true porch! It is beautiful! We are just starting to work on our own porch — I only hope that someday it will be as welcoming and serene as yours πŸ™‚ Thank you for the glimpse.

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