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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tablescape Thursday - Lunch on the Back Porch

With the warm weather weekend we had, I decided that my tablescape for this week would be located out on the back porch.

My porch is rather small, so it can be a little cozy back there. I have a little table and a couple of chairs that my grandmother gave me about 6 or 7 years ago, as well as the canopied swing my son-in-law and daughter put up while they were visiting last month. I found a throw pillow at Target with a dragonfly motif and thought the swing was the perfect place for it!

When I found the pillow, I also came across these little dragonfly candles. I think they're so cute (and I love the color!)

I picked up the pitcher at an antique store in upstate New York several years ago... one of my treasures I rarely take out anymore!



The luncheon plates are part of a set that my great-grandfather gave to my great-grandmother some time after they were married. By my calculation, the set should be at least 75 - 80 years old. My grandmother currently has the rest of the set and has told me that I'm to inherit the set. I think of my great-grandmother and my grandmother every time I use the little luncheon plates. I love that.

The pressed glass bowl was given to me many, many years ago. It's another lovely piece that I rarely use anymore, though I really should!




The glasses are from Williams-Sonoma. The white napkins that the plates are resting on were purchased from an antique store many years ago. I've had the tablecloth for about 25 years - I have no idea where I got that!

Thank you once again to Susan of Between Naps on the Porch for sponsoring Tablescape Thursday. Don't forget to check out the rest of the participants listed on her site!

30 comments:

susan said...

How perfect are those candles for that pillow??!! They were just meant to be together!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I love green and white together! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

Michelle said...

OH MY....that pitcher is fabulous! I'm sure it's unmarked, the best stuff always is. What a treasure!

Martha said...

A perfect table for a porch supper -- love the green and yellow and white -- it's perfect!

the ungourmet said...

Everything is so beautiful! I love the colors! The plates are very lovely also.

Michelle said...

What a sweet post! The green is great!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Lori, I am so drawn to these color, and dragon flies have a special place in my heart.

I love the stories behind your lovely pieces (especially those from your grandparents) *heart* :)

What a fun visit with you! Thank you for the inspiration you always share. xo~m.

Chandy said...

What a refreshing table! I love dragonflies!

Fifi Flowers said...

EVERYTHING looks LOVELY!!!

Coleen's Recipes said...

How pretty!! I would love to have a back porch (even a small one!)I'm lobbying for a patio right now.

Janie's World said...

Isn't it amazing how some lemons and limes can freshin' up a table. I love your glass plates and the memories that come with them. Everything looks so pretty!

Mary said...

Oh what beautiful pieces -- take them out and use them OFTEN! I love your fresh colors, and the dragonfly theme -- wonderful!

Thibeault's Table said...

Lori, I've enjoyed your other Tablescapes, but this one is my favourite. I love your grandmothers dishes and that pitcher - love the shape and the colour.

Chow and Chatter said...

beautiful like a lil retreat

Linda said...

Lori...
Love it all...especially those glass plates,,,they are gorgeous!
L~xo

marty39 said...

Oh what a pretty tablesetting. I love the green and yellow of the limes and lemons and the luncheon plates are just stunning. I love family heirlooms and to have these from your great grandmother is just wonderful. What a precious set of dishes to have. Hugs, Marty

MaryBeth said...

Simply adorable, my sister in law Cheryl would love your dragon fly items...

Joyce said...

Love your grandparents plates. I love plates that are that shape. Now the pitcher is lovely and unusual and I am not sure I would use it all the time either. Thanks for sharing this with me today. I will visit again.
Joyce

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What beautiful plates - this looks like such a wonderful spot to be!

Kathleen said...

Looks great Lori, love the plates, wonderful to have those memories!

Zoey said...

What a great lunch setting. I love the candles, too.

Carrie said...

Your beautiful tablescape is so fresh and appealing. I love the clear crystal items with the white cloth and green items.

Sofia Striffler said...

This looks great. The lemons and limes look yummy on the table and the William-Sonoma glasses are great also.

Gloria said...

I love this entry!! Great pictures and they make me want to have meals on the porch every day. I love dragonflies so this one is especially interesting to me. Good job!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Lori, this is lovely! It looks so peaceful! That pitcher is beautiful...you should take it out and ENJOY it!

Thank you for stopping by...will you consider creating your version of the floating tablescape for the contest...I can see it looking really pretty on your porch!

Have a fabulous weekend!
;-D

ivoryspring said...

What treasures you have, Lori! I love reading about the anecdotes related to the different pieces...

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

What could be nicer? Antique dishes, pretty linens and citrus with drangon flies = perfect. Love it all.

Thanks for your visit. I'm happy to have found you.

Mama said...

Your pitcher is so gorgeous Lori, love the green and white and all your glassware, happy weekend, Kathy.

Karen said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Yours looks YUMMY! Now I know - when I need a new recipe - visit you!
Your table is wonderful! I don't think I would've been able to light the candle. He is too cute! And love the pillow. Funny, because I really don't like dragonflys in real life! lol
I'l be following along! Can't wait to have time to back through some of your older posts and try something yummy. Thanks!
Karen

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I really like all of this, the colors and the simplicity! Your grandmother's china is exquisite!

Katherine

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