Nature Themed Table Setting

Welcome to the 46th Tablescape Thursday!

The Birds…by William Blake

He: Where thou dwellest, in what grove,

Tell me Fair One, tell me Love;

Where thou thy charming nest dost build,

O thou pride of every field!

She: Yonder stands a lonely tree,

There I live and mourn for thee;

Morning drinks my silent tear,

And evening winds my sorrow bear.

He: O thou summer’s harmony,

I have liv’d and mourn’d for thee;

Each day I mourn along the wood,

And night hath heard my sorrows loud.

She: Dost thou truly long for me?

And am I thus sweet to thee?

Sorrow now is at an end,

O my Lover and my Friend!

He: Come, on wings of joy we’ll fly

To where my bower hangs on high;

Come, and make thy calm retreat

Among green leaves and blossoms sweet.

Bowl and Plate: Oralia from Pier 1, last summer
Salad Plate: Loucarte, Made in Portugal, from HomeGoods last summer
Glassware: La Rochere, Marshalls, this spring
Bamboo flatware: Big Lots, last summer
Napkin Holders: Pier 1, last summer
Birdie Tealight Holders and candles from Colonial Candle
Large bird in centerpiece: Colonial Candle…but may no longer be available
Red Candleholders: Hobby Lobby, last summer
Cachepot: Marshalls, years ago
Greenery from my yard: Leland Cypress with Nandina berries

Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful tablescapes!

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  1. Oh I really like this color combination. I have a tablecloth on my table right now that has all those colors in it! Love the bird theme, too. So fabulous! Thank you for Tablescape Thursday Susan. It is so much fun!!

  2. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    Fantastic! I love watching the birds, they really add a lot to my life, watching them nest and lay eggs and hatch they fly from the nest. Wonderful! I especially love the napkin rings and the tea light holders with the birds. Not only do you set a beautiful table, you also take magnificent photos!


  3. What a totally gorgeous tablescape. I love anything that has birds, so this is really one of my favorites. Thank you so much for hosting! Amy

  4. Lovely Susan… I love the crispness, and contrast of the white table and chairs presenting the greens, golds, and reds… The birds are charming, xoxo~Kathy@ Sweet Up-North Mornings…

  5. I think this might be one of my favorites of all the tablescapes you have done!! Of course, I am partial to anything with birds. I really hate that I missed those napkin rings last summer!! Thanks for another great week! I'm never disappointed!

  6. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    I love the colors! Beautiful table, Susan!!

  7. Jadehollow says

    Love the Birds.. and all of the bold color. I have a few things with the birds like your napkin rings and tealight holders.. Where did you find those? I just love that rustic brown. Beautiful Tablescape as always.

  8. Perfection!!!
    You never disappoint.
    Carolyn Ericson

  9. Hi Susan…you outdid yourself with this table…it is gorgeous!!
    Love the bird votive holders…the dishes are beautiful…everything is just perfect….You really need to put all these tablescapes into a book, I know all your followers would buy a copy!! Sue.

  10. A Classy Flea says

    Totally awesome! The colors are fabulous. I love how you used the poem to tell the story with your your pictures. Just wonderful! And thanks so much for hosting this thread.

  11. Tammy518 says

    Susan, you have, once again our dear queen of tablescapes, outdone yourself! I love everything, and the poem too. Red is my favorite color, so I am especially loving this tablescape. I saw those cute bird candleholders on Colonial Candle. You always put everything together so well!

  12. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    What can I say? You are always amazing! And did you ever suspect how many of us would play along? Thanks, my friend — for inviting us over and over to share your porch!

  13. Enchanted Rose Studio says

    Susan, another beautiful tablescape! Love the bird's nest center piece, those candlestick are fabulous and how adorable are those birdie voltive holders!! I am definitely going to the website! Thanks for posting it!


  14. Just beautiful, especially the combination of colors. Hard to say what I like best, but I think it's the red candleholders.

  15. Barb~Bella Vista says

    Just gorgeous, Susan! The colors are so lush and the birds are just precious. Another winner, sweet girl!


  16. The Quintessential Magpie says

    Susan, that is one wonderful tablescape! You amaze me. I love the poem combined with the tablescaping, and your attention to detail is impeccable. Great plates, napkin rings, and I love your flatware (check out my post… LOL!). The napkins, the glasses… all of it!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday…


    Sheila πŸ™‚

  17. Marsha's Mpressions says

    Just beautiful! Love your colors and as you'll see from my entry, I love your birds! ;O

    Enjoyed the lovely poem and I got so wrapped up in the poetry that I almost forgot to look at your gorgeous photos, but not quite. πŸ™‚

  18. Pony Girl says

    Oh goodness, what a well done post! Lovely color scheme and theme to your table, and nice use of the poem! Very creative!!

  19. southerninspiration says

    Oh, my word, Susan this could be the start of a book series. Gorgeous poetry, gorgeous tablescape, gorgeous setting (I've always admired your porch)…you really should do a book of all your tablescapes!!!


  20. Susan,
    Your table is beautiful. Love the colors together.

  21. What a beautiful table Susan! I love those bird candleholders, so pretty! It has a very Italian romance vibe to it! Great poem, too!

  22. Mine will be ready at midnight…

  23. Oh, Dear Susan! What a wonderful table and I love how you've mixed verse with each picture! You're very creative! I have those same Pier One dishes and never dreamed of using them other than the fall! See the ideas you're giving me! Everything is wonderful, just wonderful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :0

  24. The Country Nest says

    Susan, You never disappoint me. What a beautiful tablescape. The birds, the colors, beautiful. Ok pray tell how many sets of dishes do you really have?? I have major dish envy. I ordered the whites from Job Lot. There were no stores around here. I have white dishes, but you so inspired me. I VOTED EACH DAY for YOU! You do have the best eye candy~I could just picture dinner on your porch, enjoying the summer breeze…all we are getting in the north is rain, damp porch is growing mold! Thanks for making me feel a little summer!!

  25. What a stunning setting, dear one.
    I love the color combo and I like the bird theme. Just beautiful…
    Thank you again for hosting this beautiful meme and giving us all a REAL reason to….play with our dishes..cause you NEVER get too old to play house.
    Hugs, bj

  26. so, so, pretty!

  27. Dear Susan,
    This is just magnificent! You've outdone yourself and raised the bar for all of us. The setting, the poetry, everything is perfect.
    This is a total work of art!

    With greatest admiration,
    Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

  28. Susan, as usual your tablescape is just stunning. I just love it. Everything is so pretty and I love the colors and the bird theme. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

  29. Melissa Miller says

    ~WOW! Every week I think you have created my new favorite and then the next week comes along! Susan this is truly magical. It's like a woodland fairytale. Sigh…..:)

    I adore red and birds so this is just perfection in my eyes. The poem is so sweet and is a beautiful thing to read while soaking in every detal. Oh my are those bidies the cutest. The centerpiece is really pretty as well. Every single thing is so lovely.

    Check out my new post tomorrow if you have a moment. I have a new bird table from Pier 1 I think you will like.

    Have a fabulous evening.
    ~Melissa πŸ˜‰

  30. Dana and Daisy says

    absolutely beautiful Susan, and that you paired it with poetry! wow!

  31. Another lovely table, Susan! Beautiful colors and I like all the bird accessories…Christine

  32. I can never pick a FAVORITE table of yours….every single one is my favorite! I love this color combo. LOOOVE the votive, bird candleholders, in fact I just bought some similiar ones the other day at Kirklands on clearance!YOur dishes are gorgeous and I noticed even your chair cushions have all the colors in them too! YOu are SOOOO good! My post isn't anything real special, but it was a good dinner! Just glad I got to post something! Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful event, I just love it! Hugs, Pinky

  33. I finally had a tablescape done in time to participate. Thanks for the push.

  34. amariaf2000 says

    One day I am going to include the best tv tray decor you've ever seen! πŸ™‚
    Your tablescapes are so very beautiful!
    ~Angela @ peonypatch

  35. Janie's World says

    Beautifully done!

  36. Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training says

    Wow this looks fab! I love the print on the plates and bowls!

  37. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    Everything is so beautiful – the photography, the dishes, the accents, the poetry!

    Thank you!


  38. Linda Merrill says

    I love all the pops of red – what a beautiful table!!

  39. You have set another beautiful table!
    Love the colors.


  40. Susan — another great table — your's are always so clever and so pretty.

  41. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Susan, what an absolutely "gorgeous" table. You know how I adore the candlesticks. The color combination with the birds is simply outstanding.. love the poem as well. Thanks again for hosting another fun filled day of tablescapes…gives us a reason to play and create each week..
    hugs ~lynne~

  42. Hello Susan – every time I see your table scapes I say to myself "ooh, this is my favorite one!" Well, I really mean it this week – I especially love the little birdie napkin rings. Oh my!


  43. Libby Murphy says

    Oh how enchanting and the birds are nestled into a beautiful setting. Love the colors and especially liked your poem. You are one stylish southern gal.
    Happy Twirls

  44. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    Another beautiful table. I love the bird tealight holders!!! Nice poem too! Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

  45. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous!

  46. Everything is breathtaking. I love those red candleholders. I collect candleholders.


  47. Sarah Anderson says

    Susan, another beautiful post! I enjoyed the poem and the great photos. Thanks for the detailed list of your tabletop items. Love the bird theme!

  48. Fifi Flowers says

    BEAUTIFUL table… LOVE the birds on the table!

  49. Bama Belle says

    Love the BIRDS I did a "weescape" for children Thnx for hosting this is truly a highlight of the week!

  50. Your table is gorgeous! I especially love the china. Your use of color and varying heights truly draw the eye.
    I am new to your Tablescaping Thursday… and to blogging. Seeing all the lovely table decorating ideas is so inspiring.

  51. Love your tablescapes! New to this, and some how my name got all
    messed up, when linking on. It's Cindy's Home Sweet Home. Thank you for hosting Tablescape Thursday.
    ~ Cindy

  52. A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails says

    I love the reds and yellows. Beautiful! Off to check out the other blogs!

  53. santamaker says

    Susan, thanks so much for being the best hostess in bloggosphere! Your tablecaspe is darling and the birds are the perfect touch. What a gorgeous setting!

  54. What beautiful dishes! The colors are lovely.

  55. Goose Hill Farm says

    Good morning, Susan~

    What a WONDERFUL color combination. I love the poem and how you used your pictures to tell the story. SPLENDID!


  56. Over the top today girlfriend!
    Every detail stunning.

    Great setting for a great day,

  57. its so very cheri says

    So pretty. I love the candle holders-well all of it really but those caught my eye.
    I can't wait till we are moved and settled so I can participate.
    Month long GIVE AWAY with weekly drawings

  58. cedwards55 says

    Love it, love it! Those candlesticks are sooo pretty and the tea light holders are wonderful. Of course you know I love the place settings. Great job, my friend. Hey, this is the first time in almost a week that IE hasn't frozen up on me and kicked me off.

  59. Bravo, Bravo, you are amazing, every little detail is perfect. I love the whole table, thank-you for inspiring all of us to try and be more creative and to look for the beauty in life and the things that are around us!

  60. Frugal Fine Living says

    Susan, this is so beautiful! I love the colors and theme. It all works together so nicely. The bird tealight holders and napkin rings are so pretty. The candlesticks and centerpiece really complete the look.


  61. Rebecca at How I Burb says

    Everything is layered beautifully – and I really like the napkin holders!

  62. Thank you Susan for hosting this. I have never participated in one of these. Very fun!! I

  63. squawmama says

    Stunning as always Susan…. I loved your tablescape and poem… Thanks for sharing it with us


  64. You amaze me with all the different tablescapes you come up with for each week. Just beautiful!!!

  65. Shelley in SC says

    Oh, my word, the combination of this beautiful table and literature is taking my breath away on this beautiful Thursday morning. Bravo!! Simply divine!

  66. Miss Britt says

    Susan, I think you just knocked your 41st tablescape out of my All-Time Favorite #1 spot!!! Love the colors, the candles, and ESPECIALLY the birds! You truly inspire me, and I may start tablescaping on my blog in a few months. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and poem.

  67. Your flatware looks so great with your plates, Susan. Your porch is the most inviting place in the world. You must spend lazy summer afternoons there just happy to be. If I could pick a dream porch, it would be yours. And of course you'd be my dream decorator to make it so pretty! The birds make me smile.

  68. Charli and me says

    Such a lovely tablescape. I love all of the birds. I have some of the same ones you do and I love to decorate with them. Your porch is so beautiful. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to have one. I hope you have a great day. Charli is sending you a hug :>)

  69. Finally remembered to link up. LOL QM Sheila reminded me. Love her and still lovin' your table, Susan!

  70. Really Rainey says

    WHat a beautiful tablescape! I love how you take an idea and run with it! Have a wonderful week!

    ~Really Rainey~

  71. Lylah Ledner says

    I think I was so distracted from the beauty by the poetry that captured my heart's attention….

    so lovely!

  72. Allidink says

    That tablescape is soooo pretty! I love everything! The napkin holders are so cute! All the metal stuff matches it's so nice!

    All the best,

  73. Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern says

    I love the warm colors you've used in your tablescape today. So inviting! As always thanks for hostessing and sharing your table with us. Happy TT to you!

  74. Kathleen says

    A lovely table..the colors would work well in Fall and Christmas too…
    Dishes are beautiful!
    Thanks for hosting!

  75. what a beautiful tablescape! I'm a new follower!

  76. Wow, only you could pull off those beautiful rich colors in the summer! I am having so much fun following your blog and joining in on TT. I hope you will visit my blog soon as I am new.
    You are sharing the gift that our Lord has given you and touching so many lives.

  77. Hi Susan,
    Your Patriotic table was the winner for me and then along came this delightful one, and this has topped it. What a knack for decorating you have ! Did you ever think of going into the business ? You do such great work. The porch helps also and it such a nice sweet haven.
    I have not been that busy the last few weeks as I had my blog password protected. WHY, you might ask ? I didn't know it was. I have been eagerly waiting for a post to come through, and yesterday I got an email from dear Laurie, and it all fell in place. I thought you all left me. Life is good again.

    Do come over sometime in your busy life and say Hi and see what I have been attempting to do. I have too many so, so pictures, and I condensed them into 44 collages. No rhyme or reason, or no order, but it was lots of fun.

    Just stop and say HI and I will be thrilled. Strange feeling, and a bit like staying after school for talking too much.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  78. niartist says

    Susan, Thank you SOOOO much for hosting again this week! Beautiful tablescape, as always! I put up the pictures that the Buffalo News took of the patio … hope you can stop by.

  79. Cass @ That Old House says

    Thank you so much for hosting — even my husband now asks about thursday's tablescapes, and it gives my daughter more to tease me about! I honestly don't know how you do it — I have trouble just getting ONE post up, and then trying to read and comment — do you sleep???
    Wonder woman!

  80. Lady Katherine says

    I do love the dishes, the centerpiece, Oh how I love the napkin rings and the tea light holders! Most of all I love the colors and the how setting on your lovely porch. I wish I was there sitting in the calm! Do you ever feel as if you are in a tree house? I think the view is awesome!

  81. Debbie @ says

    Susan, this is so beautiful and elegant. I love the red, and the birds…it is all lovely. I always enjoy Thursdays to see what you are going to do!~

  82. Laura Casey Interiors says

    hi Susan

    The Washington Post selected my Table Settings as their click of the week. Things That Inspire let me know about your tablescape Thursday which I am so glad to know about. I will link you back right now.

    Thanks! Laura

  83. Laura Casey Interiors says

    Can you delete my #85? The second one should work! thanks!

  84. Laura Casey Interiors says

    Can you delete my #85? The second one should work! thanks!

  85. Kathy's Red Door Welcome says

    I never tire of seeing your beautiful dining garden room. It is so lovely. I especially love all the little birdies and I adore those napkin rings. Your photos really capture the life of that room!

  86. Wow! Your dish collection amazes me! I love the bird napkin rings and candle holders. Table looks superb!

  87. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Susan, as always, this is such a pretty tablescape. The bird candle holder is so pretty, and since I have some of that same china, you know I like it! laurie

  88. This one was probably my favorite of all your tablescapes!

  89. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    Absolutely fabulous! You're so clever! ☺ diane

  90. M.L. @ The House of Whimsy says

    I'm such a slow poke at returning comments this past week with all the changes going on with my mom, but I was very touched that you stopped by and left your kind comment.
    Your tablescapes are beautiful over here! : )

  91. Is there no end to your collection of dishes and silverware and ceterpieces? You must have a warehouse full! All of the many sets of dishes can't fit into that one closet! We have enjoyed each and every tablescape! You are so talented; your talents never cease to amaze us. Hopefully Big Lots has more sets of Gibson when I get there this morning. Do they give rain checks if they are out? For that sale price, I hope so!

  92. I agree with Sue..put all your tablescapes into a book and count me in for several copies! Seriously, think about Sue's suggestion. You can do it, you can!

  93. Linda/"Mom" says

    * YUMMYLICIOUS, Sweet Susan, YUMMYLICIOUS! AdOre the birds!
    Linda *

  94. Susan, I got the last two sets of Gibson (Claremont pattern)from Big Lots today. I am a happy camper! $19.99 each set. The saleslady couldn't believe that they were marked down that low. Saw some leopard pattern flatware there and I thought to myself, how you could take that and make that leopard come alive in a tablescape! My husband wanted to know what I was going to do with all these dishes. You and others have opened my eyes and broaden my horizons about mixing and matching more than one pattern in a tablescape. Still think you should take all your tablescape pictures and put them in a book. I'm sure it would be a best seller! Will you think about it seriously, please! Pretty please!

  95. Simply Susan says

    This is definitely my cup of tea. I love the colors and the theme. Just when I think I have a favorite of one of your tablescapes, you do something else to change my mind, lol ;o)

  96. The Summer Kitchen Girls says

    Susan…another breathtaking table setting! We're curious…how many plates do you have…and more importantly – where do you store them all?!! Just gorgeous!

  97. As always, you made a beautiful table. I loved the poem, it was so fitting! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

  98. Donna Marie says


    Congrats on being featured on HGTV's front page yesterday. Your tablescapes are amazing!!!!

    Donna Marie

  99. Donna Marie says

    Here is another feature that you missed.. it was for mother's day…

    Looks like you had 30 minutes of fame. (LOL)

    Go to HGTV's main page and put your HGTV user name in… you can find the features that way to!

    CONGRATS!!!!! I thought for certain you would have known… πŸ™‚

    Donna Marie

  100. Donna Marie says
  101. New to your blog. Taking it all in, absolutely breathtaking!
    Tablescape is perfection as is everything else!

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