Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Simple but Elegant Luncheon with Friends and Ma

My favorite day to play is here! Tablescape Thursday is sponsored by none other but Tablescape Diva herself, Susan at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/. You ought to visit her blog and get some tips from her expert tablescaping and then get some tips from her link of all others who are participating.

Yesterday, I invited a few friends to have lunch at the house.
I got these birds from Ross while shopping in Monroe last week. I think they were $5.99 each. They are made by Godinger and Co. Please click on the picture if you want to see more details.

I always want the table ready by the night before so I can concentrate on my cooking the next day.
Black leather plate chargers, solid green dinner plates black salad plates with roses bought from TJ Maxx a while back. Green stemware I've had for years now.

How do you like my pewter bunny napkin ring? I don't know why but I really like pewter. I think it's because it has a vintage look to it. As you can see, the accessory on my black flatware looks like pewter too.
I just won these crystal candle holders from Ebay
It was a perfect day so we had dessert on the porch. Such a relaxing setting, I think. In fact my friends said the sound of the fountain relaxes them so much that they wanted to take a nap. LOL! Another pewter! How do you like my vintage teapot set?
I baked a chiffon cake with mango and peaches which I also added in the butter icing. I served it with instant hot tea made by Whittard of Chelsea. If you have not had this tea, you should try it. I have not served it to anyone yet who did not like it and they always ask me where they can get it from. I bought mine from a mall in San Diego and ordered more from the internet when I ran out. I can't find it anywhere else. They have different flavors and they come in an instant powder. So far I like all the flavors that I have tried. What we had was green tea with summer fruit flavor and extract of ginseng. You can have it hot or cold. They have tea bags also but I haven't tried them. Thanks for visiting and thanks again to Susan for hosting this fun event. I better add the website address of where I order the tea and here it is.

49 comments:

prof en retraite said...

Hi Christine!Gorgeous dishes! Your flatware and napkin rings are so pretty!! Your patio makes such a nice setting for dessert!!! Yummy looking cake!...Debbie

Deb said...

Everything looks so nice, I bet your guests really enjoyed themselves, love the bunnies

Blondie's Journal said...

Christine,
Your luncheon tablesetting was just so pretty. I clicked on larger and I fell in love with your candleholders immediately, And I also like your napkin rings. I have such a hard time finding ones I like. Sometimes they are all in a jumble and I only find two or three that match! Any suggestions on where to shop?

Dessert on the porch looks wonderful~I love your china dessert plates & the cake sounds marvelous. I will take your word on the tea but did I miss the website?

Lovely tablescape!!

xoxo
Janie

ceekay said...

Well, I want it all. The leather chargers, the rose plates, the bunny napkin rings...don't get me wrong...I am so glad you have them and I could see them, but I need to find them!!! Gorgeous!

ellen b said...

Hi Christine,
You really do have such lovely things and areas to set with them at your home. How blessed you are. I enjoyed both tables your indoor one and outdoor one!!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Beautiful tablescape, Christine...love those black and cream rose dishes! Did you notice I'm using the same pewter bunny napkin rings in my "Pizza Picnic" post?
Do you have a website address for the tea? I'd love it if you do!
Have a fabulous day!
;-D

marty39 said...

Oh Christine, your lunch tablesetting is just gorgeous. Your rose salad plates are just stunning, I have never seen these before. Your Ebay win candle holders are stunning. You do have gorgeous taste and such a wonderful eye of putting things together. Desert outside on the patio just looked so inviting. What a wonderful way to end a great lunch. Hugs, Marty

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Well I'll be darned! We do have the very same bunny napkin rings! Don't we have excellent taste?! Your table is beautiful and I want to be invited next time you serve outside. that's beautiful too! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Cynthia said...

Christine,
Two for the price of one! Just stunning, both tables make me want to come visit right now! The pewter is my favorite, and those candle holders from E-bay just glisten. Cindy

imjacobsmom said...

Christine, Such a beautiful luncheon table and dessert table - everything sounds delish! You know I'm a bunny person - where did you get your napkin rings? I LOVE THEM! I bet your friends and Ma had a wonderful time! ~ Robyn

SILVIA said...

oh Christine the setting outside its just so peaceful, i could be out there for hrs...thank you for posting and have a great day..silvia..

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love outdoor eating and your patio beckons you there. Happy St. Patty's Day and Tablescape Thursday!

Shelia said...

Christine! You've done it again! How gorgeous is your table. Guess what? I bought that same pair of birds myself last week! I'm sure you'll be seeing them in my tablescapes soon!
Your outdoor dessert table is gorgeous too! And you food sounds so delicious!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Kathleen Ellis said...

Thanks, Christine! I'll let you know what I think!
;-D

Deb said...

Great tables, both of them! I love that you moved outside for dessert! Deb

Kathleen said...

Very pretty! Hope you had a lovely lunch with your friends!

Candy said...

Love the colors on your table. Cool silver ware and who can beat dessert on the porch?
Cheers, Candy

KBeau said...

Those bunny napkin rings are adorable. Thanks for the hint on the tea. I'll have to try it.

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Both inside & outside are amazing! Love the pewter bunny & teapot. Beautiful post Christine! ♥

Melissa Wertz said...

Both of your tables are devine. Beautiful!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Christine, your tables, both of them look wonderful. I really like your stacked plates on the first one including the black. It looks so nice. And what a nice outside set up. Beautiful.
Blessings,
Debbie

Leigh of said...

wE GOT A TWO FOR ONE TODAY! I love that, Christine! Great job! I adore your flatware! LOVE it. And I love the bunny rings! Charming!
Leigh,
Tales From Bloggeritaville

Gollum said...

This looks like it should be in Southern Living. I've always loved your dining room; and your tablescape is beautiful! The birds in your centerpiece lend such a springish touch. I love the idea of moving to the porch for dessert!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, it's all so pretty and elegant! I love how you set your dining room table... just beuatiful! And then having the movable feast with dessert on the porch! Love that tea set and all of the beautiful tablescape. You did such a good job.

Happy Tablescape Tuesday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I love pewter too! And those bunny napkin rings are just the cutest!

Barb said...

Oh Boy! Two tablescapes in one posting.
You are busy!!

Love those plates. So rich, and uniquely different.
And the silver, and bunny napkin rings.

Beautiful post.

Blessings,
Barbara Jean

Chandy said...

Christine, great tables!
You have such great dishes to play with! I am so looking forward to seeing all of your source of creativity. Those candleholders are so beautiful and elegant!

Great tables, today! My eyes are feasting as I type! Happy Thursday!

Keetha said...

I'm a huge fan of your whole dessert tablescape. I love tea things. Never drink hot tea, just love the things!

I came via Leigh.

carolinajewel said...

Everything is so pretty I don't know where to start! I love those salad plates and the flatware and those bunny napkin rings!!! Then your table outside - Goodness I just love it all!!!! Pretty tables. :D Jewel

Linda said...

Two beautiful tablescapes....I'm not sure whether I want to sit inside out outside! Very lovely..Linda

Dream Mom said...

So many pretty things today. In the first setting, I loved the bunny napkin rings, the table runner and the flatware. I also loved the little bunnies sitting on the high chair in the corner. It was a sweet touch.

In the second one, I LOVED your new tea set. It looked very pretty next to your pretty china. The tea sounds wonderful.

Beautiful job on both tablesettings. (I think you must be an overachiever to have "2" settings in one week. LOL!)

Chari said...

Mornin' Girlfriend...

Girl, your talents are never-ending!!! What a beautiful tablescape and I just loved the lighing and ambiance!!! Black leather chargers? New? Those are fabulous...and I love your tablesetting...the green and black are stunning together!!! Love your little bunny napkin rings and Girl, that pretty frenchy silverware is gorgeous!!! Wow...you got a deal on the pretty birds...for some reason...birds are my recent fetish...hehe!!! I'd love to have those...wink!!! They make a lovely centerpiece!

Well my friend, not only did you have a fabulous table but your menu sounded soooo scrumptious!!! How did your dinner date turn out? I'm sure that your guests were mesmerized by the beautiful table and menu!!!

Have a terrific Thursday, Sweetie!
Love ya,
Chari
PS...thanks so much for coming by yesterday and for the sweet comments! You'll have to come over and take a peek at my latest "treasure find"! Hehe!!!

ann said...

Thank you for sending me a link.That was so sweet.And thank you for the happy birthday wish.it means so much.Kiss kiss.
Now,yes,these are fabulous.Like we said just more places to play with our dishes,huh?I love the idea of going outside for dessert.lovely...Ann

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Oh Christine, it's all beautiful! Great inspiration!

Janie's World said...

Beautiful! l loved your little hurricane candlesticks and the leather charges!!! What a great find! The fountain is always so soothing, everyone should have one!

Melissa Miller said...

~WOW~ Christine it's such a unique and stunning table presentation.
The Black flowered plates are gorgeous.
You picked out a lovely center accent with the White birds.
The crystal candlesticks are so elegant and add sjust the right touch.
~WONDERFULLY DONE! ;)

Jill said...

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the patio set up!

janice_phil said...

great!!! awesome xpectacular!!! hehe!!

Kim Chalfant said...

Fabulous!! I really like those pewter bunny napkin rings as well. Good thing I won't be coming to lunch or dinner as they might just disappear! Just kidding. I wouldn't steal anything. But I would be tempted.

Tomarie said...

I would love to try the tea! Sounds wonderful! Your tablescape is beautiful...as all your "creations" are C! :-)
I LOVE the birds as the centerpiece! Gets me in the mood for spring! :-) L~

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Both tables looked beautiful. I wish you would have told us what was on the menu though! I bet it was great.

Justine :o )

Susan said...

Beautiful table! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

A Hint of Home said...

I love both your tables and all the accessories. Your napkin rings are so cute.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Two beautiful tablescapes in one post! And I loved both of them. Those floral salad plates are so unique. Love the birds in the center of the table. I can just imagine sitting at that table outside and enjoying the sound of your water fountain. It's lovely. laurie

Chuck Dilmore said...

What a lovely site!
Thank you!

peace,
Chuck

Lady Katherine said...

I love the candle sticks you won on ebay! I love pewter anything! Your tables are both so pretty! Love the runner!
Yes, I am near Jackson. How great you have a home on the Swanee River! It was so fun to float down the river. We came to the mouth of a Spring, Hubby and I went swimmig in it the next day. Maybe we will get to meet up soon. Going to try and get Hubby to go to an auction Sat. night. It's not fine items,but some antiques and you just never now what they will have. The bedroom furniture was great, and old tables chairs. Not high priced. Usually about 100 people or so there.

Sue said...

Hi Christina...beautiful table. the dishs with the roses are so pretty...and I love your outside area...

Nicole ~ said...

Your tablescape is beautiful. I love your sweet birds, cute bunny napkin rings & your dishes, beautiful! I also love how you served your yummy looking cake on your beautiful patio.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Christine, This tablescape is so pretty. I love the colors. You are really good at this!!
Hugs, Terrie

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