Warming Up on the Porch

Welcome the the 163rd Tablescape Thursday!

Cool fall nights are perfect for hot chocolate out on the porch.

Fall Tablescape with Hot Chocolate on a Fall Porch

Where would you like to sit?

Fall Table Setting Tablescape of Hot Chocolate


How about on the swing?  There’s a soft, warm blanket to keep you warm and a great book awaits.

Fall Tablescape with Hot Chocolate on a Fall Porch


The late afternoon sun is so wonderful streaming in across the porch.

Acorns in a Fall Tablescape with Hot Chocolate on a Fall Porch


Decorating with Acorns in a Fall Table Setting


The evening breeze carries the rich scent of the fall candle.

Hot Chocolate Table Setting Tablescape for Fall 3


You can feel the warm glow of the candle.

Fall Table Setting with Hot Cocoa on a White Tray


Candlelight in a Fall Table Setting Tablescape

Autumn leaves hold the napkins and spoons for our hot chocolate.

Fall Tablescape Table Setting with Mums and Acorns


An acorn decorates our mugs…

Serving Hot Chocolate in a Fall Mug



Decorating with Acorns


Fall Table with Acorns


Hot Chocolate Table Setting Tablescape for Fall 2


Fall Tablescape with Hot Chocolate on a Fall Porch 3


Looking forward to the table settings linked for this Tablescape Thursday!

Fall Tablescape with Hot Chocolate on a Fall Porch

China: Pier 1, 2-3 years ago, Previously used in THIS fall table setting
Tray: IKEA
Flatware: Horchow, 6 months ago (Still available)
Leaf Napkin Rings:  Kohl’s (I think) 3 years ago
Glass and Ceramic Pumpkin: Hobby Lobby, 3 years ago
Lantern: Provided by Colonial Candle
Real Acorns are from Amazon

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  1. Happy Cottage Quilter says

    I love your fall colors!! The pillows are so perfect on the swing. Everything looks so inviting 🙂

    Jocelyn @

  2. Love this tray set up.. Quite ready for fall. I have to check out amazon for those acorns. so cute! Love your lantern too.. Happy Fall.. xo marlis

  3. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    I'm so happy to join you on your lovely cozy porch for hot chocolate! YUMMY! And speaking of yummy, the scrumptious fall colors… golds, warm soft greens, rusty oranges and deep reds abound in your trayscape. This is early fall at it's best. So welcoming.
    Thanks for hosting TT! It is my favorite meme!

  4. The Tablescaper says

    Cute and cuddly.

    Thanks for hosting.

    – The Tablescaper

  5. Very pretty , Susan! Looks very cozy! It's not hot chocolate or blanket time here yet. Turned off the a/c yesterday for the first time. Still quite summery.
    Have a great weekend. Don't forget to watermark your pics!

  6. Alycia Nichols says

    I will send you all the free acorns you want so you don't have to buy them from Amazon!!! We have 2 humungous oak trees in our yard that dump tons of acorns each year! I'll happily throw in a handful of Chinese chestnuts, too! 🙂 Beautiful post this evening. Very relaxing. It is definitely getting to be hot chocolate weather!

  7. Mary @ Redo 101 says

    Hi! Thanks for hostessing the party. My 12-y-o son and I looked at your beautiful pictures, and we decided we would like to sit together on the swing, please, with the lovely throw over our laps … and we were so excited about the hot chocolate, and we noticed in the pics that when we finished our hot chocolate, you always refilled it for us, which made us very happy. So thank you for the lovely time on that gorgeous porch 🙂

    Mary @ Redo 101

  8. The Little Red Shop says

    Thank you so much for hosting! Your porch looks so beautiful and cozy…I think I need to go fix a mug of hot cocoa for myself!

    : )

    Julie M.

  9. housedressingblog.blogspot.com says

    Susan, Your porch looks so cozy, I can almost smell the cocoa from here.
    Thanks for being such a gracious hostess each week.

  10. Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR says

    What a lovely fall porch! The colors are just breathtaking! Such a beautfiful setting! Thanks for hosting and thanks for sharing!

  11. Susan, your porch looks so cozy for fall. I love the pillows and throw, as well as your fall vignette with the gorgeous lantern!

    Thanks for hosting TT!

    Jane at frugalfineliving.com
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  12. Love, love, love the Fall hot cocoa on the porch setting! If we were neighbors, I'd be right over!

    Love the way you put things together – when you see them do you have an idea first & look for items or is it the other way around? You are SO creative! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Mid-Atlantic Martha says

    Your porch looks like the perfect spot to enjoy fall. I saw some mums like yours this week and thought of you. Love them. I don't know if I've never seen any like those before, or just never noticed them.

  14. On Crooked Creek says

    Grab another cozy throw and join me on your porch! I've so much to share with you about my recent vacation…and you've been very busy, indeed. We've got some catching up to do! I'll bring the marshmallows for the hot chocolate, dear!

  15. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Fig, it's really different each time. Sometimes I may buy something with an idea how I'll use it or, just buy it because I really love it…then get it home and start thinking about how I'll use it. Other times, like this evening, I may have a desire to do a particular type table setting. I really wanted to do something for the fall season tonight. So I just peeked into the cupboards and started pulling out a few fallish things. I hadn't planned on using the acorns I just purchased from Amazon but they ended up finding their way into this little hot chocolate 'scape. Wish I had a better answer. Inspiration can come from so many places: the dishes, the time of year (season/holiday) or even something as simple as a little trinket or treasure I am itching to use on a table.

  16. once in a blue moon says

    so pretty, i just got a new computer and your pics are just POPPING OFF THE PAGE! such a cozy setting, love it~

  17. S (Susanne) says

    Every detail adds to the whole picture from the candle holder to the cutwork on the tray – what a feast for the eyes.

  18. AshTreeCottage says

    What a cozy spot for some hot chocolate and yes ~ I would love some! Thanks for hosting Susan!!

    Susan and Bentley

  19. Jo's This and That says

    I love your setting! Thanks for sharing,Beautiful as always ,JoAnn

  20. martinealison says

    Une belle atmosphère pour déguster un bon chocolat chaud à la guimauve…
    Lorsque mon fils Yannis-William vivait en Angleterre, j'aimais beaucoup aller avec lui dans cet endroit délicieux où nous prenions du temps pour discuter tout en savourant un chocolat chaud aux chamallow … Un véritable bonheur…
    En admirant votre merveilleuse publication, vous me faites me souvenir… Merci.
    Des photos sublimes… Je prendrai place dans le fauteuil en face de moi de la première photo…
    Gros bisous à vous.

  21. Jacqueline says

    susan, thanks for inviting me to sit on the porch with some wonderful hot chocolate. I must say it would be perfect with the rainy night tonight. Those flower look unreal, the colors are perfect with your setting. Many, many thanks for hosting my favorite party!

  22. Beautiful presentation, Susan! I just love the warm colors of Fall. I love your lantern and everything else, as usual…Christine

  23. So soft and inviting that I can almost feel the sun on the porch and smell the fall candle. I have deep porch envy, but will get over by visiting your porch and enjoying your inspirational designs. Happy Harvest and Fall. ~CJ

  24. Your porch looks so inviting with the fall colors. I love the way the mums coordinate so well with your mugs. Beautiful design!

  25. natural handcrafted soap says

    Love the colors and the porch cozy and beauty ..

  26. Susan, I love your inspired table and look forward to participating in the parties soon!!

    This week I cannot pay homage to everyone involved though!!

    I hope you come visit & tell me what you think of my fall decor…..so far!


    Art by Karena

  27. Life with L says

    Lovely as ever. Fall is wonderful, especially with a cup of cocoa…..loving the warm colors and candles.

  28. classic • casual • home says

    What a cozy porch! I could settle right in!

  29. Μαζί... KaPa says

    Amazing!It looks realy beutifull,I wish I could be there to with your hot chocolate….

  30. Marianne@Songbird says

    I don't do many tablescapes so I am so glad I have one to link up now.
    Thanks for hosting the party. It is always such fun to look at all those beautiful tables.

  31. Debbie@Mountain Breaths says

    It was a little chilly last night but we have upper 70's and sunshine for the weekend. I'm sipping my coffee, and enjoying your lovely porch. Everything looks so inviting.

  32. lulumusing says

    I am putting on my fleece and heading to the porch where I will sit on the swing holding my hot chocolate between my hands to warm them.

  33. Oh I'll sit anywhere,just give me some CHOCOLATE!

  34. The Vintage Farmhouse says

    I love the chain covers on the swing!

  35. I love it! Looks so cozy- the acorns add such a nice touch! Snuggle up with hot cocoa and the throw and you're all set!

  36. Cottage and Broome says

    Love this fall tablescape, I can't quite let go of summer mine has rose dishes. I really have to move into fall now that it is October! Thanks for hosting, Laura From Cottage and Broome

  37. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful fall scene! I admired everything in your lovely pictures, but I can't figure out what is hanging from the mugs?

    Thanks again.

  38. Curtains In My Tree says

    That is one pretty porch blogger girlfriend

    thanks for the show & tell

  39. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Anon, those are little rustic acorns. You can see them again in this post:

  40. This is like the perfect description of what fall looks like on a porch. Beautiful colors!

  41. GM Susan, what a lovely place to sit and relax. Love the Fall touches. I posted a post today sharing how YOU were a big part in how I started blogging. I would like to thank you for taking me along in this wonderful journey, xo Kathysue

  42. FABBY'S LIVING says

    What a gorgeous tray presentation, you have the art and touch! The mugs are so pretty, they blend beautifuly with your porch pillows, incredible!
    Love the little acorns for a small decor like this. The lantern is fabulous, I just love it! Thank you Susan. Hugs, FABBY

  43. Passionate for White says

    Your use of colors and textures is awesome….not to mention how great you captured them in pictures.

  44. Cool nights enjoying your porch swing sound like a perfect evening to me. Lovely setting, susan.

  45. sabrymagic says

    Io spero che tu riesci a tradurre quello che scrivo….. con il traduttore (appunto)…..
    Voglio che sappi che il tuo portico è meraviglioso,quello che per me è un grande desiderio….
    Ti faccio i miei complimenti anche per le tue tavole,che trasportano tanto amore…..
    Grazie per queste immagini e complimenti per la tua casa:)
    Un abbraccio

  46. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Thanks, Sabry…I do use the Google Translator. Thanks so much for your sweet comments…you are a sweetheart!

  47. Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor says

    What a welcoming look for fall. Looks so adorable and cozy. The pillows and all the decor is so charming. Great job, and looks fantastic!!

  48. Kathryn Ferguson Griffin says

    Susan, the colors are amazing and I love, love, love the lantern! Bravo on the styling. Always love your creativity. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  49. A Perfect Setting says

    I so enjoyed my visit to your porch on this lovely fall day. The porch looks so beautiful all dolled up for autumn and your trayscape is adorable! Thanks for hosting!

  50. The French Hutch says

    I love your porch all ready for having hot chocolate with friends. Perfect Fall look with the colors. Love the blanket and pillows for that warm fuzzy feeling.

    The French Hutch

  51. Dawn at Vintage Connection says

    You are one talented individual! Love the warm and welcoming porches…I'm a fan already.

  52. Entertaining Women says

    So gorgeous, welcoming, comforting. Would I be invited back if I fell sound asleep after my cup of cocoa? It just all rings of perfect relaxation. Thank you for sharing your design and for hosting us again for Tablescape Thursday. It's always so much fun! Cherry Kay

  53. Carol's Polyvore says

    May I link you to my pinterest! I just love your site and would love to share with others.

  54. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says

    Carol, sure! Thanks for asking! 🙂

  55. Those acorns–how beautiful! If I was invited for a warming drink I would not want to leave this delightful outdoor area, and your gorgeous tablesetting!

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