Monday, May 4, 2009

Patio Party and Tablescape Thursday

Barb of http://gritsglamour.blogspot.com/ had come up with an idea of having a Tuesday patio and porch party. Isn't that a great idea for this time of the year? We are all excited about the coming of spring so why not celebrate it by having a party in the porch? Let's all visit Barb's blog because I am sure she has something creative to share with us and then let's go visit every participant's patios.
Since I created a tablescape in the back porch, let me qualify this for Tablescape Thursday too, which is hosted by Susan of http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/. If you have been blogging, you know how talented Susan is in all aspects of the home so let's all go and check out her blog and then check out every participant's table setting also. I am sure we can get a lot of ideas from everybody.

Let's party!


Since this is more like a garden setting, I thought of using my Spode Emma's Garland plates and plate charger. I mixed the setting by using my Cameo Florals salad plates. I think they blend well with the spode dishes.
I bought the napkins from Crate and Barrel when we were in Chicago last week. I also bought the napkin rings from the same store. The quilted runner and placemats are from Marshall's.
This side of the back porch has entry into the kitchen and another into the family room.

Here is a close up. I love all the flowers. They are refreshing. I just love the smell of spring, don't you?
Doesn't my bird planter look happy? She looks like she is smiling. I guess she is also happy it is already spring.
I even managed to find a matching spode vase in the same pattern from Marshall's, which I filled with fresh flowers.
Our porch is L shaped and this is the other side, which has entry into the master bedroom and another entry into the home office.
After lunch, let's have tea by the fountain. The sliding door to the right is going into the family room.

I am really matchy-matchy today so I am using my Spode tea set with the same pattern, Emma's Garland.
I love those big tall trees except when the wind is really strong.
I used the Cameo Florals for the cup and saucer. That little table cloth was given to me as a gift in Rhodes, Greece, after buying a big tablecloth and lots of throw pillow covers. It has nice embroideries and gem stones on the border.
And there is the fountain that gives us a lot of relaxation and pleasure listening to the water flowing.
I hope you enjoyed the porch party. Thanks for joining me. Now, let's all join Barb and Susan also.
Thanks Barb and Susan, for being such gracious hostesses!

48 comments:

KBeau said...

Christine, all of those colors are so inviting. Thanks for sharing.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Love your porch Christine!

marty39 said...

Christine, I love your porch/patio. It is so pretty and such a beautiful setting overlooking the back yard. Your fountain is gorgeous and I bet the sound of the water is so soothing. I love the sound of a waterfall. Both of your tablesettings are stunning. The floral design is so appropriate for the porch. It just brings all the colors of the flowers up onto it. Just lovely. Hugs, Marty

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Very pretty. What a nice place to have a meal or tea or just spend some time.

KBeau said...

Me again. I've never done a screened in pool enclosure. Lot's of screened porches, however, both as part of a new house and as a remodel add on.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Christine - you really outdid yourself this week. Evertything is fabulous. Your tablescape is probably one of my faves. It is just picture perfect. I would love to have tea with you on your porch. Thank you for sharing in today's Porch/Patio Party. I am so impressed with all your eye candy! Hugs, Barb

imjacobsmom said...

Christine, i think this is got to be my all time favorite of your tablesettings. The colors are so vibrant and fun! The napkins and accessories from Crate & Barrel really match beautifully! I love how your patio has different areas and all of the access doors to your home. I bet that fountain sounds so relaxing, too. ~ Robyn

Stacey said...

Christine, your porch is so pretty. I really like that it has the same brick as the house. Your tablesettings are amazing!!

bj said...

Your outdoor space is just breathtaking..all the beautiful colors of your tablescape are so pretty..

Sonia said...

So pretty, all the greens and pinks are such happy colors and your patio looks like a fun place to be. I enjoy your pictures and beautiful patio decorations along with the beautiful tablescape! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Melissa Miller said...

Christine this is all amazing and gorgeous!
Your tablescapes are just perfect for the outdoor areas. Love it! :)

Chandy said...

Your porch is beautiful Christine and I didn't know that Emma's Garland came in so many different dishware. Beautiful!

Lovely post!

Carol said...

What a beautiful space! I love your dishes! Thanks for visiting me & leaving a nice comment!

Smilingsal said...

Of course I love Spode, but I those napkin rings really caught my eye.

Kim Kasch said...

These are absolutely beautiful photos. What inspiration I'm finding.

And, thanks for stopping by.

Debbie said...

Very nice area to sit and eat and relax. I love the fountain. Debbie

DesignTies said...

Your table setting is so colourful and pretty -- just perfect for a spring lunch on the patio :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Blondie's Journal said...

Christine,

This is just beautiful! So flowery and bright. I just love your patio with all of the plants and flowers. Today I am doing some cleanup on my wee little patio since it also smells so fresh and springlike here.

I love your dishes and adore the bird planter. That is truly my taste! The tea table is beautiful too and a nice idea since you don't have to clear the main table to have your tea and dessert.

I will have to join this Porch & Patio party as soon as my clean~up duty is finished!

xoxo
Jane

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Lovely, as usual. I particularly like the touches of blue. I want to set up a table on my deck now!

~CC Catherine said...

Hey Melissa, This is such a quaint and beautiful location on your porch to host a luncheon! It reminds me of a party I attended while visiting in New Zealand a number of years back. The way you have your porch all decorated for summer and the waterfall area... Very lovely! ~CC Catherine

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a lovely back porch area! And you have decorated it divinely for a party! Such happy colors!! I adore your Fleur de Lis fountain ~ mind if I ask where you got it? I would so love to have one! Your china is glorious & the napkin rings are such a fun touch!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Come visit often!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

You just have the sweetest outdoor porch area...I love that it's in an "L" shape...you can really do different things with it that way!!! Your yard is really looking beautiful...so lush and green and I sure did enjoy seeing all of your pretty potted plants!!! Those climbing roses beside your tea table are gorgeous, my friend!!!

Well Darlin'...you never seize to amaze me with all of your beautiful tablescapes!!! I love your Spode floral dishware...and I agree about that pretty little salad plate looking so nice with the Spode set...such a gorgeous place setting!!! It's perfect for an outdoor luncheon!!! And....your tea table is just darling...so very beautiful!!! I love it all, Girlfriend!!! Thank you for sharing more of your beautiful home with all of us...what a treat!!!

Love ya,
Chari

Kathysue said...

Hi C,Oh what a wonderful day it would be to spend time with you on your lovely patio. your table setting is perfection as always. So bright and cheerful, perfect for a Spring day. I love the sound of water and to have tea with you sitting by the fountain would be heavenly, Hugs Kathysue

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Christine it's beautiful! I love the way you mixed the dishes! I am constantly amazed at how you do all this! Traveling and decorating and tablescaping and landscaping! Hope you have a blessed day! Lauralu :)

Lisa (aka) French said...

Love the tablesetting makes me want to do mine outside....one day if my porch ever gets finished...another one of those things on the list of many things to do;0) French

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, your porch looks so pretty all set up for a party. I'll be right there! (I wish!) Those floral plates and napkins are perfect for a spring party, and those napkin rings are so pretty. It just looks like such a pleasant place to have a meal and tea, especially with that beautiful fountain trickling water in the background. laurie

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Your porch & tablescapes are fabulous. So springy!!!! You have many beautiful things & your porch just matches. Thanks for sharing.

Kammy said...

Hi Christine !
I love your Spode - I have the same stuff ! I don't have the chargers or salad plates but I have 8 dinner plates in 2 different patterns, votive candle holders, the large vase (like yours) a large serving bowl and a large oval platter...I am still looking for the chargers,salad plates and bowls - LOL - guess I will have to go to Marshalls and TJ Maxx every week - the things I have to do for the love of dishes.
Anyway, love your setting and I can
hardly wait to use mine (oh , forgot I really love your teapot and sugar and creamer - I want those too ! ) Oh and I forgot I have 2 cups and saucers - they are really cute and would go great with the tea service...hmmmm...LOL.
Your porch turned out great ! You did a fabulous job, as always !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Charli and me said...

Your porch is so beautiful. I just love your water feature. The tablescape you put together is lovely ♥ It looks like such a peaceful and serene place to spend time.

Chandy said...

I still love that table, Christine! Just lovely!

I'll be joining the fun at Texas midnight!

Peacock Blue said...

I love all the color on your table! It all looks so nice and relaxing for an outdoor lunch...

ellen b said...

Christine! this is so lovely. Your outdoor scape is so inviting and beautiful. Love the colorful plates!!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

A beautiful tablescape, love the floral theme! Great job!

The fountain is very nice too.

Katherine

Gollum said...

I love the dishes! All of the details are so pretty--the china, napkin rings, the blooming flowers, your whole porch.

OCDesigner ~Athella said...

Heeey I need that bird planter for my table! Christine as always your table is beautiful. You amaze me.
~Athella

Melissa Marie said...

Love those plates!! Beautiful porch... good job! :)

Cynthia said...

Christine,
You again have set such a beautiful table! I love your porch area and back yard, what beautiful fountains. I tried to comment on this Mon. night but I couldn't find the button. You really know how to create a lovely home, Happy Mothers Day to you. Cindy

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Oh my goodness! What beauty abounds here on your porch and table. I'm mesmerized! Love the fabulous color and how you've put it all together. Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing. You are an inspiration!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

You've done an amazing job of putting these patterns together. I don't think our Marshall's has had those dishes -- I guess it's a good thing for my wallet! sigh!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

beautiful garden setting...I think I will sit and visit awhile...Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

Carrie said...

Love how you mixed floral plates.

You have a very nice patio... love the fountain.

Janie's World said...

Hi Christine,
I love those Spode dishes mixed with your other dishes! They just give off a happy feeling when you look at them. They are feminine and full of life! Beautiful settings, especially in your garden.

Really Rainey said...

Beautiful colorful tablescape! Yeah we got to go out onto your patio! I was afraid you might not have a patio left after that storm clip you posted! Gorgeous yard too.
~Really Rainey~

Candy said...

Oh the garden...wonderful spot.
Looks like the flowers have jumped out of their pots and onto the dishes. And yes, the movement of water is soothing.

Could spend all afternoon there.

Happy MOM day to you,
Candy

Dana and Daisy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Every inch of the patio is picture perfect. I'm encouraged and inspired to think of ways to make mine more attractive!

Brenda said...

I thoroughly enjoyed it all, as I spend a lot of time in my garden. First thing I admired was that awesome fountain! And you set a beautiful table. I would love to see more of that yard!
Brenda
http://cozylittlehouse.blogspot.com
http://viewfromthepines.com

Nicole ~ said...

Oh I loved this party, it was filled with so many beautiful things, and such striking colors!! I love your plates, napkins & napkin rings are so fun.

Robin said...

What a lovely tea.....everything looks so inviting.

Have a beautiful day.

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