Romantic Candlelight Table Setting

Welcome to the 157th Tablescape Thursday!

You may feel like Bill Murray in the movie, Groundhog Day as you view the following tablescape.  In last week’s Tablescape Thursday post, I mentioned I had created a tablescape on the porch and it somehow mysteriously moved itself right out on to the deck, turning into this romantic table setting.

Summer Table Setting on the Porch
Since the original table on the porch was still set, I decided to share it for this week…a little tablescaping  déjà vu .

This romantic table would be great for a Valentine’s Day celebration.


Since I used my Modern Butterfly dishware, a butterfly napkin fold worked great for this setting.


The candles are surrounded with red geranium blossoms.


If you saw last week’s table setting, this one is looking a bit familiar, isn’t it? The chargers are different but the rest of the place setting is the same as the place setting from last week’s romantic tablescape for two.

I’ll post the directions for this butterfly napkin fold on either Friday or Saturday.  This has fast become one of my favorite folds of all time.  It really works well with this beautiful butterfly-themed china.

Update:  Find the Butterfly Napkin fold here: Butterfly Napkin Fold Tutorial.

The red flowers and stemware really pull out the red in the Modern Butterfly china.

The butterfly votive holders are perfect with this pattern.

Last week we peeked through this geranium to view our tablescape on the deck.

This week its blossoms surround the candles in our centerpiece.  I had already snipped all the flowers before I took this photo above.  This little geranium has been blessing me with a bounty of blooms all summer long.  The centerpiece was easy to make by placing the geranium blossoms around the base of the candles.


A view at nighttime…

The Blue Hour approaches…

You can tell when the Blue Hour is near because the white deck takes on a slightly eerie glow/look.  Time to grab the camera to capture some blue hour pics.


The Blue Hour is here!  You can read all about the Blue Hour and find out when it arrives in your area here: Blue Hour


Looking forward to viewing all the beautiful table settings posted for this Tablescape Thursday!




Chargers: Neiman Marcus and Horchow (no longer available)
China: Mikasa, Modern Butterfly
Stemware: Both are Waterford: Iced Beverage-Araglin; Ruby Hock Goblets-Lismore
Flatware: Towle, King Richard
Napkins: Vintage, found antiquing
Lantern: Old Time Pottery
Butterfly Votive Holders: Colonial Candle
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  1. Alycia Nichols says

    Hi, Susan! As soon as I saw the 1st photo I thought to myself, "The flowers in the lantern look like those from the the patio background last week! I am so glad you were able to use them for this tabletop arrangement! My geraniums never bloom that lushly to be able to get that many clippings. Yours are the perfect color to complement the dishes you have here. I will NEVER get over those ruby red goblets!!! They are just TOO pretty!!! I am convinced the Blue Hour hates Lee's Summit, MO. As many times as I have tried to capture it, it has remained elusive. 🙁 Oh, well…I'll keep pluggin' away at it! Beautiful table!

  2. This table is great! It is a regular table that any person could sit down and have dinner at. Lovely colors especially with the chair pads.

  3. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Oh, dear Susan, how I wish I could go and visit you at night to see this table with the gorgeous center piece with the red geraniums and candles lit! The china is so pretty and I love the touches of red and the napkin butterfly fold, it's so elegant! I love the stems in red, terrific touch for this tablescape. Lovely! Lots of hugs, FABBY

  4. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    How pretty this is. I love the blue hour — It's fun now to notice it in posts….thanks for bringing it to our attention. I caught it in my camera this week as well! Love that napkin fold!

  5. Karin Şen Cankan says

    Dear Susan,

    Dejavu or not love love it.

    The red goblets just beats my heart faster and faster and the centre peice candles and the red geraniums just perfect.

    My mom has geraniums in her balcony maybe I can get some for my next tablescape.

    Karin Şen Cankan

  6. Your red goblets are just stunning and really pop against all the white. The lantern is just beautiful. Lovely as always!

  7. I love how you tied the red flowers with the red wine glasses- great touch! Those butterfly napkins are the best!

  8. Very pretty Susan!
    Happy Tablescape Thursday :))

    Tickled I coud join in the group this week!

    Kay Ellen

  9. Ivy and Elephants says

    Truly romantic! How wonderful to dine this way all the time! Your porch is a place that I'd never want to leave.
    You are a table scape genius!

  10. Susan, the blue hour shots are magical! Goblets are so beautiful and your lantern centerpiece draws you in to enjoy your darling butterfly dishes and the great napkin fold!

  11. I thought things looked familiar.. Love the dishes.. and the lanterns.. wow. Those red glasses certainly draw you right into the table.. thanks for hosting this lovely event! xo marlis

  12. These plates are beautiful wherever you put them, Susan. And you are the master of arranging the table nicely…Christine

  13. emptynester3 says

    I love your table! I have been intrigued with the blue hour myself, since you mentioned it several months ago! Love the red goblets and that napkin fold is awesome!

    Love, ~Nana~

  14. Your table is so warm and inviting! That porch…ahhhhhhhh.
    Thank you for hosting! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  15. High Heeled Life says

    Susan thanks for hosting and sharing another fabulously inspiring table setting.. the butterfly napkin fold is beautiful and the glasses added that bit of bling …that blue light sky is beyond fabulous and you have captured it beautifully. I'm visiting and participating today via my other blog… wishing you a wonderful week..xo HHL

    Falling Off A High Heeled Life

  16. Hi Susan,

    Thanks for showing us how you've taken the same basic idea and transformed it, simply by changing the location of the tablescape. The centerpiece is inspired. I love the lantern's clean lines, the height, and the open feeling it provides. The pillar candles' variation in height, combined with the romance of the geranium petals — truly stunning!

    It can be tricky to balance elegance and informality, but you've done it beautifully here!

    Thank you for hosting and for sharing your perfect porch with us once again!

    Kindest regards,

  17. Thanks for stopping by, Susan.
    Your table is just stunning, as always.
    It's been awhile since I joined you for tablescapes. I just about ran out of ideas, using the same dishes over and over. Decided to let it rest a bit and maybe I'll get more ideas. 🙂
    xo bj

  18. Love the Blue Hour photos Susan, the table is so vibrant.
    I spy your Ikea pillows on the wicker set. 🙂

  19. mississippi artist says

    Beautiful photos! I am eagerly awaiting learnng how to do the butterfly napkin fold-so pretty.

  20. Curtains In My Tree says

    I do want to set on your back porch hun and enjoy your lovely dishes first hand


    I always love seeing what you and your help have set for the week LOL

  21. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says

    Hi Susan,
    I just love the first photo of the creamy white table with touches of ruby red. It is a wonderful look and of course I do love red.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  22. Nellie's Cozy place says

    Hi Susan,
    Lovely, Lovely, Lovely as always.
    Loved the butterfly fold napkins,
    I have never seen that before but looks awesome especially with the butterfly dishes. Loved your centerpc
    and the way you just sprinkled the geranium petals with a spray of flowers, so simple yet so beautiful.
    I too, love geraniums. They are just wonderful flowers.
    Loved yours one from last week too,
    it was so great surrounded by all those geraniums, just beautiful.
    You are such an artist………..
    Blessings, Nellie

  23. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says

    Hey, Susan! Everything looks lovely, especially your sheers in the background. And I also noticed your new pillows on the swing! They look great. I also wanted to say that I loved your post about you and your son's Halloween costumes… I never got a chance to leave a comment. And definitely save that outfit you made for any future grandchild you will have! 🙂

  24. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    Perfection always deserves a second look!

  25. carolinajewel says

    Gorgeous table and I LOVE the napkin fold! Can't wait till you post the tutorial!

  26. Susan, every tablescape you do on your porch is gorgeous. I love the cream and red here and the lantern centerpiece is beautiful. I love the late evening shots with the candlelight, just beautiful. Turns the porch into a magical setting. Thanks for hosting.

    The French Hutch

  27. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says

    Another beautiful tablescape! I love, love, love those ruby wine glasses. I am eagerly waiting those instructions as to how to do the butterfly fold. It is so pretty, and I have some dishes with butterflies on them. Since you mentioned Bill Murray, he lived down the street from us in Mt. Pleasant, SC. He was a co-owner of the local baseball team. We never saw him in the neighborhood, though.

  28. Wendy@~Chez~La~De~da~ says

    Ooooh I love the napkins! Always looking for a different way to do things, how very unique~~~

  29. Lady Katherine says

    Simply Lovely Susan!!!

  30. Marcia (One Heart) says

    Lovely, as usual, Susan. Just stopping by again today to thank you for hosting.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  31. The BellaCasa Blog says

    Hey, Susan, you never disappoint …awesome table and most lovely in the evening photos. Thanks for sharing and hosting…always!

    Jan @ BellaCasa

  32. I love love LOVE the lantern as the centerpiece! Beautiful!

  33. marie barnes says

    susan, i love this tablescape. you have to share how to fold the napkins to look like butterflies.

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