Vintage Orchard by Syracuse China

Welcome to the 41st Tablescape Thursday!

The breezes on the porch are filled with the sweet “lemonade” scent of magnolias…I love this time of year.

Our table is filled with crystal, sterling, floral china, touches of lace and magnolias…all lit with soft, romantic candlelight.

This vintage china was made right here in America by the Syracuse China Company. The pattern is “Orchard.”

The light was fading quickly this evening as I took these pics. I love the soup bowls with their little handles…I have 8 place settings of this china, but only six of the bowls.

I adore “wreath” shapes, so this china captured my heart. Here you see the salad plate…

Dinner plate…the plates are encircled in apple blossoms.

I love the soft, muted colors in this pattern. Chargers were purchased from Horchow, online, two years ago.

Lace napkins to compliment our lace tablecloth…floral napkin rings are from Macy’s a few years back.

Sterling flatware is Towle, King Richard…

Crystal stemware is by Riedel…found the little crystal “zipper design” salt cellars years ago on eBay. The tiny salt spoons are also King Richard.

A birds-eye view…


Candlelit Lantern…


A blossom from my Southern Magnolia (Magnolia Grandiflora)

Lots of pretty layers…

Gravy boat…

Found on many a Southern table.


Such a lovely evening for dining out….


So glad you stopped by…be sure to smell this big, beautiful magnolia blossom before you leave.


Looking forward to the table settings for this Tablescape  Thursday!

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  1. This is stunning! I love your giant Georgia magnolia.The dishes are breathtaking. I specially love your sweet, personal touches. Everything just glows!

  2. Susan, I actually GASPED when I saw that magnolia! A Magnolia Grandiflora is RIGHT!! It is breattaking!!! I adore your china, and I AM ordering that lantern, I fell in love with it when I laid eyes on it! This is so romantic and I can almost FEEL the breezes and smell the lemonade…..I, too have Reidel stemware, love that too. Noticed your wonderful salt cellars as well…as usual, another beautiful tablescape! Thanks so much for hosting this each week. It is SUCH wonderful eye candy for us to enjoy! Hugs, Pinky XOXOXO

  3. Oh so gorgeous! I love the magnolia sitting there. The dishes are wonderful and I've always admired those chargers!! The lighting and the photos you take are always gorgeous Susan!

  4. Maryrose says

    Hi Susan,
    What an outstanding table. I adore your apple blossom china and I am going to check out your link for the lantern. It looks lovely on your table. You do have the magic…..

  5. Thanks Susan for hosting this event.. This is my third tablescape and I'm having a ball! Fun pulling everthing together after having a scavenger hunt through the house collecting it all!!! Your Tablescape this week is fabulous!! usual, you never fail to amaze me. Love the detail, keep up the effort, we love it, xoxo~Kathy~ @

  6. The Magnolia is out of this world beautiful! The reticulated chargers from Nieman Marcus are a must have! Oh, and I'll take the beautiful china and sterling too. I just love love love your table Susan. I thought about you over the weekend as I created not one but 3 tablescapes for Tablescape Thursday.
    Thanks again for always inspiring me.


  7. Hi Susan, I LOVE this tablescape…especially that Magnolia blossom! And, that lantern is just awesome! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.
    You are so talented,
    Karen at Pine Cone Retreat

  8. Susan, can you direct me to the lantern…just went to CC and can't seem to find it but see that the lanterns are all on SALE!!!! Whoopee! Pinky

  9. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    This is gorgeous!! I love the lantern, the magnolia is fabulous. The china is beautiful!!

  10. OH, Susan! Every week I think your tablescape is my favorite, well, it's got to be this weeks! Oh, how lovely! I didn't realize that magnolia blossom was real! It's gorgeous! Your dishes are so beautiful and just perfect! The silverware ~ perfect! The lace ~ perfect! The lantern and candlelight ~ perfect! Oh, and the little table for two ~ perfect! You've outdone yourself, sweet friend!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia πŸ™‚

  11. Peacock Blue says

    Wow! Look at that big magnolia! Very pretty!

  12. Lady Katherine says

    I love the lantern so lovely with the china. I adore the chargers! The Magnolia is a beauty!

  13. Oh my goodness, Susan, this is stunning! Absolutely stunning. The dishes, the centerpiece, the flatware, the napkins… everything is so beautiful!

  14. Alisa Lucas-Brown says

    This table just takes my breath away. It's simply elegant!!! I think it is my favorite that you have EVER done and that's saying a lot considering that I adore every table you share. I love the magnolia – such a sophisticated and charming touch to display a single bloom. The dishes are to die for and and the delicate lace of your tables linens are the perfect pairing. Just lovely. I really mean that!!!!

  15. Susan this is so lovely! It looks so cozy! Hope you have a great evening! Blessings, Faye

  16. I love your tablescape for two! And that magnolia blossom is just perfect with that china pattern. Beautiful set!

    I will check out that tealight candleholder. It's gorgeous!

    Will be joining in soon, about midnight. Hope you can come by and see it! πŸ˜‰

  17. Susan, your table is so pretty…love the magnolia and the lantern especially! Such a sweet and romantic setting!

  18. Susan, I mean it. You should write a book on doing up all these lovely tables and decorating the porch.

  19. Melissa Miller says

    Oh this is gorgeous Susan!

    I would really enjoy sitting here eating dinner and smelling the magnolias.
    It looks so charming.

    Have a wonderful week.
    ~Melissa πŸ™‚

    PS I finally have a tablescape theme planned for next week's TT…:)

  20. Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 says

    I agree with Brenda! Just beautiful! I love the vintage china! God Bless! Lauralu πŸ™‚

  21. Again, your design takes my breath away! That magnolia! I have a magnolia wreth from Target that I love…because I am envious of you girls and your real flowers! I can almost smell it!
    Those dishes…everything…thank you!

  22. A Stitch In Thyme says

    I love the elegance and yet simplicity of this setting for two. Beautiful.

  23. Melissa Miller says

    Thank you so much!!!

    I can now see my comment right away and I don't have to worry about how much I may have mispelled.

  24. Hi Susan,
    Now those are Magnolias! I love the soft china and the ever so sweet napkin holders. The glow of that beautiful candle, on your beautiful porch, now it just says romance! Cindy

  25. Susan, I am taken away by the beauty of this. The Magnolia is breathtaking. I can only imagine the scent. This is just a beautifully romantic tablescape. The china is precious. Absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks so much for hosting this event and sharing your talent πŸ™‚

  26. Leigh of Bloggeritaville says

    Oh! You just have "the touch" with everything. Its always so charming, so perfect. JUst perfect! Thanks for inviting me in. I get so much inspiration from you!!!

  27. Susan, You just can't beat magnolias for southern tables! Everything is so well coordinated and elegant, but also welcoming. Another winner! Linda

  28. Wow, that is a huge bloom! Your dishes are stunning.

  29. Feedsack Fantasy says

    Absolutely romantic & divinely gorgeous table. Your remarkable in creating such breathtaking settings.
    TTFN ~ Marydon
    PS … but what's for dinner? Chuckle!

  30. Gypsy aka Tam says

    what a romantic spot and tablescape!!! The china is absolutely exquisite!! I Love it all!!!
    Have a wonderful Thursday,

  31. Happy To Be says

    OMG…Susan just when I think you can not out do your last table you hit me with this awesome Beautiful Table…WOW!! oh girl where do I start the china, the silver, salt cellars, Crystal and the Magnoilla this is just breath taking beautiful my friend…You did all of this a yard sale and a bike trip to boost…girl please send me a bottle of your energy COD ha ha!!Now I better go delete my post before anyone see's the Farkle family dinner table I did ha ha!! May you have a great day my friend…again Hi-Five to you!!


    I would call the Magnolia Magnificent! The lighting makes the entire table just glow. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful display.


  33. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    Susan, That is the BIGGEST magnolia blossom I've ever seen! It's gorgeous and your tablescape is simply stunning. Did you hear me oh'ing & ah'ing over each picture?!? Fabulous my friend! ☺β™₯☺ Diane

  34. movingonlady says

    The dishes are very lovely and I really like the Lantren.
    big magnolia flowers are so pretty.I love the flowers.
    Lovely tablescape. Come see mine

  35. Wsprsweetly Of Cottages says

    I had to call my husband in to see what a REAL magnolia bloom looks like. We have a Magnolia tree in our front yard…and the poor thing is pathetic! I lived in Florida and have seen very large ones ones like yours! I really do think yours takes the prize though. They are amazing when in the right environment.
    Your tablescapes is delicious! Just delicious. Everytime I see your King Richard..I hope my daughter is enjoying mine!! I should have held out…I wasn't ready to give it up!! πŸ™‚
    Everything is just breathtaking! I always learn something from you! So very beautiful!

  36. Hi Susan! Your tablescape has a bridal feel to it. It looks very pretty and romantic. Love the floral dishes, the chargers and the lantern and everything else…Christine

  37. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    I absolutely love the lantern. So pretty. Another beautiful table. Thanks for the inspiration.


  38. Biggest blossom ever, I can't almost smell it and the sterling flatware is fabulous.

    Beautifully elegant show,

  39. niartist says

    Such a beautiful tablescape Susan, you keep me constantly inspired. Thanks again for hosting such a lovely event – and I hope you can stop by to see my tablescape, and participate in Share a Garden Sunday this Sunday!

  40. Claudia@ DipityRoad (tablescape) says

    This is so much fun!

    Not that I will ever be able to "RUN with the big dogs!"

    But thanks for the challenge and like so many have said before.. Wowza on the Magnolia!

    *here's wishing for smell-a-vision*

    TTFN~~ Claudia

  41. Your tablescape is stunning! I love the lantern, gorgeous magnolia, candles, china! Everything is beautiful.

  42. Dana and Daisy says

    Oh Susan, just today I saw a big magnolia tree blooming and hanging over a fence into an alley and I just almost stopped the car and helped myself to a blossom or two!

    it is a great choice to set off the apple blossom pattern on your china. Very pretty and romantic, and yes, I have a gravy boat that goes with my Great Grandma's china. I'm saving it for a very special Tablescape Thursday!

    Thank you for hosting again. I think this is one of the most fun events on the web!

  43. Miss Janice says

    This is just beautiful Susan…that magnolia is gorgeous. I was born and raised on Magnolia Drive, so I know Magnolias! Love that china also:) Hopefully, I will be able to post this comment…had trouble earlier. I wanted to say that I giggled at your magnolia tumblers in the garage sale, 'cuz I'm featuring those in a post on Friday!

  44. Jadehollow says

    Everything is stunning Susan! Wow at the Magnolia Bloom.. it's flawless and is perfect for the table setting.

  45. Fifi Flowers says

    BEAUTIFUL dishes!!!

  46. I am just shocked at that Magnolia flower…is that real ? It is huge – pardon my ignorance as we don't have Magnolias in Colorado and I have never seen one….Your dishes are quite lovely and your setting beautiful – Thanks for being a great Hostess again !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  47. Absolutely Lovely! Everything is so pretty. I can practically smell the lovely fragrance too.

  48. Susan,
    You really know how to set a lovely table.

    The napkin ring is very pretty as well. Sure enjoy your blog and all the great ideas.


  49. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says

    Everything is so lovely as usual- I can almost smell the magnolias!

    I love the new look and would love to know how to make the pictures larger- I have been wanting to do this and been playing around but can't quite figure out how to get them larger.


  50. Linda Merrill says

    Very beautiful Susan! And fun to see the Syracuse china mention – I was born there and my parents everyday china was all seconds from Syracuse china! And, a few (ahem!) years later, my Mom still has most of it!

  51. Hello Dearheart…

    Ohhh my…where do I start, my friend? With each tablescape that you do…the present one becomes my favorite!!! First of all, your beautiful, romantic porch is just soooo perfect for that magical ambiance…that just envelopes your lovely tablescapes!!! This is really a pretty and very romantic table that you've set today, Susan!!! I have never seen this Orchard pattern of china…it's gorgeous with the pretty wreaths of apple blossoms!!! The colors are so soft and lovely!!! I do love the little handled soup bowls…fabulous!!! Have you thought about trying Replacements Ltd. to see if you could get more? Just a thought! I love this china with that pretty charger plate! Every time I see these chargers…I just sigh! I really want some…hehe! They just frame out your place settings so beautifully! The lace cloth and napkins…so delicate and pretty! Oh yes, and I just adore those pretty napkin rings…they're perfect with your china!!!

    Okay…Love, love, love that lantern!!! I love how the little baskets hang at different levels inside of it! It makes such a grand statement for a centerpiece!!! I will have to go and check your link out, my friend! Thanks for letting us know about it! Your magnolia…ahhhh…it literally steals the entire show!!! What an exquisite table!!!

    Thank you again, my friend…for hosting TT! I know that it's alot of work, I really appreciate you!!!

    Love ya,

  52. Susan,
    Just beautiful as usual, and your new, bigger and clearer pictures are wonderful. It shows us all the great details of your decorating expertise. I look forward every Thursday to seeing what you will surprise us with. And you never dissapoint.

  53. Life on Bonnie Lane says

    What a pretty table for two! I love the lacey look of this table, from the lacy looking apple blossom dishes, the lace charger, the lace on the linens and the pretty edging on the silverware. That magnolia is just incredible! Beautiful!


  54. Tamara Jansen says

    Where do you get all these gorgeous table settings?!

  55. Oh my goodness… This is simply breathtaking Susan! It's so romantic and elegant. I don't know what I love more, the linens or the china or the magnolia, my goodness it's huge and beautiful! I could see this as a table at an intimate Southern wedding reception. Again, just beautiful.

  56. charmine says

    Susan everything here looks so beautiful and though i'm no southern girl i admire all things southern.I love your candel holder with the tea lights,i'm crazy about candels & candel holders & have lots of them at home.Ilove your blog & i'm going to tell all my blogger friends.Off to check the others out.

  57. Susan I love your attention to detail because I suspect it's a tiny window into the woman you are…
    This table is serene and inviting. I especially love the lantern … I've never before seen anything like that with the tea lights inside.
    I had no tablescape to share today but have so enjoyed yours and your blog peep's!
    ps I'm going to cut one of my magnolia blossoms today…thx for reminding me πŸ™‚
    Happy Thursday
    All Things Heart and Home

  58. Pearl Maple says

    Magnolias are the perfect excuse for a quiet little meal.

    Beautifully presented as always, though i am not sure i could ever do a rumpled tablecloth, thanks for the inspiration.

  59. A beautiful table. I have some dishes that are similar — American made called Adams Antique — it's a breakfast set but I love them — the magnolia blossom is stunning!

  60. Scribbler says

    This is a table for the bride and groom — wouldn't this be a heavenly way to have your first meal together as husband and wife?

    I will join the chorus for the idea of a book with all your tablescapes compiled into one lovely volume! I'll bet you could give some of the very well-known divas a run for their money.

    Thank you so much for continuing to host this event —


  61. Wow! I love coming to visit you- everything is always so beautiful.

  62. Your tablescape took my breath away. What elegance, I too love Syracuse China. I inherited a 12 placesetting set of the Briarwood pattern from my grandmother. It was used every Sunday at her house for the best home cooked meals. We use it now for special occasions, but most of our meals seem to be on paper plates on the run. My, how times have changed.

  63. Susan, I'm back with a question….what do you have on the porch floor? a rug? seagrass?

  64. Kathleen Ellis says

    Another stunning tablescape, Susan…it really is beautiful…like a picture out of Victoria magazine! That magnolia is incredible! It looks like it's been on steroids!
    Happy TT!

  65. Wow, that is one huge magnolia! Just beautiful.

  66. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    Gosh this is beautiful! That magnolia is so perfect it almost looks unreal — are you just foolin' us girl? This is a lovely lovely setting.

  67. "Blossom" says

    Magnolia is just perfect for this table sitting for two. Just the kind of small atmosphere that makes for a lovely evening for two.
    This is one of my favorites.

  68. squawmama says

    Hi Susan… As always your tablescape is stunning and the magnolia is so beautiful… Nothing smells better in the summer breeze as magnolias… Have a great day…


  69. Cathy Miller says

    Oh, Susan! You have outdone yourself this time…absolutely breathtaking. I am always amazed at your gorgeous tables. Keep em coming…I'm making notes! Love, your favorite stalker! LOL!!

  70. The Raggedy Girl says

    That Magnolia is incredible and so is your lovely table.

    The Raggedy Girl

  71. Absolutely breathtaking. I believe this is one of my favorites ever. I love it all.

    And, I am sitting here now inhaling that fabulous scent from the magnolia.

    Kudos, Susan.

  72. The Country Nest says

    No one does a tablescape like you. So pretty are the dishes and I love the lace edges on everything. Flowers and lace along with candlelight, how perfect.

  73. OH WOW…..I'm speechless. Just breathtakingly lovly.

    Aunt May's Cottage

  74. maidenshade says

    OMG! I've never ever seen anything like that in my life – stunning. I went OMG out loud when I saw that blossom. HOLY MOLEY!

    OH CONGRATULATIONS on a gorgeous daughter and special loving family! I've had dr. appts AND our air went out (I'm in south Florida… 95 yesterday) so I've not been on my blog nor have I come 'round to visit. Interesting week; )

    Great list today on MaidenShade Matters, "How Long Can I Keep It? Shelf Lives for Common Foods".


  75. Absolutely stunning! That's a huge magnolia and it's perfect with your dishes.

  76. ButterYum says

    Wow, that magnolia is HUGE. Love the china, love the silver… love the little salt spoons :). Lovely table as usual!

  77. Linda/"Mom" says

    * STUNNING, Sweet Susan, and that MAGNOLIA???? What a BREATHTAKING reminder of our years spent in Georgia~~~~ today's table is EXCEPTIONALLY LOVELY, my friend!

    Linda *

  78. Susan, as usual your tablescape is just breathtaking. Your china is so lovely, I am so partial to the look of antique patterns. Your magnolia is gorgeous. I sure wish we could grow those here, but the desert just doesn't work. Such a beautifully romantic and lovely table. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

  79. Janie's World says

    This is a beautiful tablescape. The dishes are so soft and sweet. I love the design. Your lantern with the tea lights is unique and sets a beautiful mood.

  80. Donna Marie says

    Susan!!! You have me breathless! This tablescape is beautiful! I would love to see a pic of your magnolia tree.

    Donna Marie

  81. Allidink says

    How pretty! I just love this tablescape it's so sweet and romantic! And I love your china!

    All the best,

  82. Glenda/MidSouth says


  83. Kathleen says

    What a lovely table! The candles give it such a dreamy glow..
    I can just imagine how wonderful the magnolia smells..
    Beautiful, Susan..I love the cream soup bowls!

  84. Anonymous says

    Susan, LOVE this table. So fresh looking and all the dinnerware etc. is so stunning. Love that candle urn thingy and how it and the darl table top contrast with the all the light colors of the other things. Great job!
    Linda Q

  85. P.S. was just testing my post commenting selection with that last one. Trying to see if I can leave comments with annonymous too on the ones I am having trouble with.
    Linda Q

  86. A Hint of Home says

    I love Magnolias. We have them in a bundance here. I love the leaves for decorating at Christmas, Your dishes are very pretty and your table is stunning.

  87. Simply Susan says

    If only blogs had scratch and sniff pictures….Magnolias smell like no other blossom and it is one of my favorites. Your table is just stunning. I love your dishes, the lattern, the magnolia…heck! I love it all!!! Thank you so much for sharing this ;o)

  88. Painter's Place says

    This is just beautiful! I love it!

  89. Anonymous says

    Just lovely Susan,
    Really! How many sets of dished do you have? I am just amazed at every table you set. They are all so elegant but not stuffy. You truly have a gift.

    And please do the article you mentioned about how you serve and entertain at your house. I have so many questions that need answering.


  90. Hi Susan, after a long break, I'm back with a new Blog. First thing up is a Love to come visit and can't wait to start sharing again. As always your table is stunning, Thank you for keep this going!!
    Sincerely, Jannet

  91. Anonymous says

    Absolutely stunning! Why, yes, I would love to join you for lunch today! I won't even care what we have to eat, you table is so beautiful!!
    Terry in Milwaukee

  92. Libby Murphy says

    Aren't magnolias one of Mother Nature's most majestic creations. Your dishes and the layering is fabulous. As always, Susan, you have set an inviting and beautiful table.
    Happy Twirls

  93. Beautiful table!! I just love the clean crisp smell of a Southern Magnolia.

  94. Florida Sue says

    Every week you just outdo yourself. I am so amazed at all of your beautiful dinnerware. Just beautiful Susan; but then I have come to expect my gasping noises when I visit your page.

  95. Susan,
    Every tablescape you do, I think, "Now THIS one is my Most favorite of all!" πŸ™‚ I LOVE the romantic and feminine southern look of this!! The lace tablecloth just puts it over the top!! And the flatware is gorgeous!! All truly beautiful!! πŸ™‚ L~

  96. honeysuckle says

    Your table is gorgeous as usual. I love the lantern and magnolia. I have lots of Syracuse China that I picked up when we lived in Syracuse,NY. It is also by Oneida,NY and so I have bits and pieces of silverware from there. Both places were fun to go to and get the seconds. Thanks for hosting each week.

  97. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Susan, this romantic tablescape took my breath away! That china, and that candle lantern, all of the soft colors, the floral napkin rings. Everything is beautiful. laurie

  98. Susan, my friend Ann want to get started on TT weekly, but she's still new to the meme logos. I'm helping her so hopefully by next week, she'll have the logo up.

    Thanks for understanding!

  99. Mary Jane says

    Stunning, stunning performance displayed!
    Magnolias, a favorite of mine.

  100. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Chandy…no problem at all…Welcome, Ann! πŸ™‚ Susan

  101. Anonymous says

    Susan… Ever since I found your blog I keep it open on my Desktop. I love what you do!

    The handled bowls are "bouillon cups" and the handles are functional, that is, the bowl is meant to be picked up with both hands and the bouillon drunk without a spoon. My mother bought a set of them in Europe after WWII. We always admired them, but our family were not bouillon drinkers.

  102. Susan, seeing that beautiful magnolia makes me more homesick for the South, where I was born and grew up. Your tablescapes never fail to dazzle me and others. You are so kind to share them with us. They create such inspiration. Do you follow any of the tablescapes over that are posted over at There is one in paticular that might interest you and other tablescape bloggers since June is the month for Brides and weddings. I'll find the posting again and let you know more about it.

  103. Susan, I have a question. How did you get your blog to fill the whole page and allow you to use larger pictures? If you don't mind, I would really like to change mine. Thanks, Hugs, Marty

  104. Half of the Style Sisters says

    Wow can we say stunning!! Just so gorgeous. I love it. You always have such beautiful ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  105. Barb~Bella Vista says

    Lovely, Susan. Magical! I love the softness and delicate feeling to the entire table.

    It just speaks to me!!!!


  106. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says

    Such a beautiful setting your pictures are masterful! I love the glow of the setting sun and the candles. I envy your magnolia tree. I have wanted to live down south just so I could have a tree in my yard. Would you post a picture of the tree for us?
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  107. French Cupboard says

    I don't know how you do it every week. You manage to have the most lovely table settings week after week. I have 2 full sets of china but everything else is a hodge podge. In fact, our everyday glasses are green mason jars. Can't get much more plain than that.

    Love visiting here! Have a beautiful weekend. Blessings… Polly

  108. Susan, I have been trying to figure out how to do the larger pictures. Can you tell me how you did it? I would really appreciate it. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

  109. Hello Susan, I can see that spring has sprung in Georgia, full bloom with those gorgeous magnolias and the trees full of leaves offering up those breezes for your porch! Such a beautiful setting…do I smell ROMANCE in the air?? πŸ˜‰ Smiles, Jan aka jjlmnaz

  110. Oh Susan, This post just took my breath away. I can just imagine the fragrance of that beautiful magnolia. Everything is just perfect. I will have to look up Colonial Candle.
    Thanks for your inspiration!

  111. FrenchGardenHouse says

    This is such a beautiful setting…absolutely fabulous. Anyone would love to come and have a meal here.Thanks for the inspiration!

  112. Susan

    A warm,welcoming place to be! Love the dishes and the flowers!

  113. Miss Britt says

    STUNNING is the only word for this. I just ran across a link to your blog, and spent hours scrolling through the pages. Your home and photos are wonderful, but I am most amazed by your tablescapes- specifically this one. You are such an inspiration, and if you don't do this kind of thing for a living, you should! Write a book or start an event planning business- you would be quite a success.

  114. Cote de Texas says

    that flower!!!!!!!!!! unreal. your table looks so gorgeous. how can one compete with your talent? you set the bar sooo high. ok, i'm going to copy that flower. my neighbor has a tree like that, i'm going to steal a blossom at midnight. sssshhhhhhh.

  115. Susan, I guess I should tell you I am the "other" Connie to keep it straight.
    I love your table settings out on the porch. You do a fabulous job. We use paper plates up north here sometimes for lunches and I am ashamed after seeing these pictures.
    I am familiar with Syracuse china, though. I hear they just went out of business. I lived about 30 minutes north of Syracuse, on Lake Ontario.
    The dishes I really love are those you had in your header upper left hand corner. They have a house in the middle ??
    I have searched for them, with no luck. I don't know the name unfortunately.
    This is one of my favorite set of pictures, though. you do good work !!!

  116. Susan, I guess I should tell you I am the "other" Connie to keep it straight.
    I love your table settings out on the porch. You do a fabulous job. We use paper plates up north here sometimes for lunches and I am ashamed after seeing these pictures.
    I am familiar with Syracuse china, though. I hear they just went out of business. I lived about 30 minutes north of Syracuse, on Lake Ontario.
    The dishes I really love are those you had in your header upper left hand corner. They have a house in the middle ??
    I have searched for them, with no luck. I don't know the name unfortunately.
    This is one of my favorite set of pictures, though. you do good work !!!

  117. ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie says

    Ingenious as usual!


  118. City Bloggers Online says

    The chargers…I couldn't find them online at Neiman Marcus. Did you order them a long time ago? What is the name of the pattern?

    Help, please…I love them.

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  119. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi City Bloggers…hope you see this reply…I didn't see an email listed for you or a blog post…so hope you do get this. πŸ™‚ Yes, it's been about a year and a half. Someone told me they found something very similar online though, so you may want to try Googling for chargers. I'm sorry NM doesn't seem to have them now. Check Horchow, too. They normally carry the same stuff since they are owned by the same company…but you never know when they might get something in that NM doesn't have posted. Also, don't just look under the category "chargers" when you go to NM because often they have chargers for sale under the tabletops or china section that are not shown for sale under the charger category. Best of luck…hope you find them. Susan

  120. So I followed the link(s) from yesterday’s post on table-for-two, and I’m pausing at this one to comment. I want to ask about Magnolias. I associate them with Christmas, so are there winter species? Perhaps just the leaves are used in Xmas decor–do they stay green all winter? Thanks

    • Yep, they stay green all year long, or at least Southern Magnolias, do…which is the kind I think I have in my yard. It goes through a leaf-drop a couple of times a year when it sheds some of its old leaves, but not that many so it’s always covered in green leaves and beautiful.
      They have been used in Christmas decorations for many years, probably starting back in Colonial days since their leaves stay looking fresh and green for weeks when cut and used outdoors. They stay looking fresh and pretty on indoor wreaths for about 2-3 weeks. It’s amazing how long the leaves look good after being cut away from the tree. They bloom in the spring and so I love to cut a single blossom and bring it in. It usually will only last a day but I love how they smell. To me, they have a fresh, clean lemonade-like smell…it’s intoxicating! You can see the one magnolia tree I have in this post:
      I try to let it grown and not cut it a lot during the year so I can cut the branches that are sticking into the house and onto the driveway around Christmas to use in decorating. Mine should never have been planted so close to the house since they get huge, but the first homeowners (I’m the third) planted it. Maybe they thought it was one of the varieties that stays small. lol

  121. I also meant to comment that I love all the colors and textures in this one especially: wicker, natural wood, magnolia, candlelight, breezy curtain. This might be my favorite of all!

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