Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Romantic Back Porch Dining

I hope you are having a nice week. I missed you all. It seems like I have not posted for such a long time cause even though I have a post for Saturday, I actually entered it last Wednesday. I got stuck in Houston from California because I missed my flight so I had to stay in a hotel there overnight but I finally made it home last night.
I set up a tablescape for two in the back porch and the plates are white, so I am linking with Susan for Outdoor Wednesday at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/

Kathleen for White Wednesady at http://fadedcharmcottage.blogspot.com/

And another Susan for Tablescape Thursday at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/



I wanted to set a tablescape earlier today inside the gazebo but it rained so hard. I set one up later in the covered back porch instead.
Since it is more of a garden setting, I used my green and white topiary salad plates with ruffly plain white dinner plates.

I lit some candles on the small candelier, the black wrought iron lantern and a lady bug tea light holder to set the ambiance.



I like to see the mosaic on the table so I just used a see through lace for the table runner.

The sign says "Love Grows Here, (You reap what you sow)"


I don't know what I did differently but my white orchids actually bloomed this year. Aren't they lovely? I have had such a hard time in the past, getting them to bloom again after they lose their flowers.


I love these salad plates. I bought them from Clearwater, Florida a while back.






The table is near the fountain and the sound of the flowing water is very relaxing.








Aren't those cordial liqueur stem crystals so cute?














I hope you enjoyed my mini tablescape. I enjoyed having you around. Thanks for coming and a special thanks to our gracious hostesses, Kathleen and the 2 Susans.

53 comments:

Sares said...

It looks very intimate and the glow is just beautiful. I am glad to hear you made it hope safely. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh everything is ssssssoooo beautiful! Bravo! Bravo!
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia

Sue said...

Christine, I love those plates with the topiary theme. Just so pretty. What a serene setting by the pool and amongst your flowers and greenery. Perfect setting for romance...

Debra said...

I know you were happy to have made it home. It's not fun getting stuck in Houston! LOL!

The table looks just lovely! You present everything so beautifully Christine, you should try submitting some of your photos to Home and garden magazines! They are just fabulous!

Rebecca said...

I could really relax and enjoy the evening there with all the pretties and candlelight!

Dolores said...

The glow of the candlelight is so romantic and beautiful.
Beautiful!!!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Glad you're home, safe and sound. :-)

Oh your home is so beautiful, inside and out, day or night. Love the look of the lit pool. Our pool lighting broke and it's impossible to remove. -le sigh-

Glad you're back with us.

Gentle hugs....

Briarside Lane said...

Beautiful setting for an intimate dinner. I LOVE those topiary plates!!! ...and the wrought iron lantern.

~Karen

mississippi artist said...

Beautiful! Glad you are home safely- you needed to sit and relax like this after all of your traveling.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty setting - really like to topiary plates. Sorry you missed your plane.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What a lovely setting and you topiary china is to die for. Very romantic and yet casual. Thanks for sharing.

Sailing Simply said...

Oh Christine! I am in love with your backporch setting! The tablescape as well as the whole porch! So gorgeous! I love those plain white ruffly plates! I also love the green goblets too! Your centerpiece is adorable as well! I also really love all your gorgeous plants and flowers everywhere! Beautiful!

nannykim said...

Love the lantern on the table. The pool shots just make me want to jump in!! Ah evening in a pool would be so nice!!

http://nannykim-nannykim.blogspot.com/

Just Breathe said...

Looks like the perfect romantic setting for two!

Linda said...

What a lovely table and yoard back yard looks beautiful at night with the pool in the back ground:)

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a pretty and romantic outdoor setting. I am loving the ruffly plates!! They are SO cute! Your garden and pool looks so pretty lit up at night, I hope you really enjoyed a meal after the pictures!! ;-D

Sorry to hear about your lay over. How did you miss your flight? Was John with you? I sound nosy! lol! Hope the rest of the week is better for you!

xoxo
Janie

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Beautiful setting Christine! I love the colors, very peaceful-enjoy!

once in a blue moon... said...

i need those dishes, thats the english gardener in me...

love grows here is wonderful too~

Sarah said...

Fun salad plates, Christine. This is definitely a romantic setting out on your patio with the candlelight glowing.~ Sarah

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a pretty pool side table you've set for us! Love the pretty dishes.

Marlis said...

Christine, your salad plates are divine! I love your darling setting outside between pool and fountain. Simply beautiful. You have quite the talent!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine! I love your table for two. It is SO pretty, and I love your china and that lantern. Just the perfect tablescape for that outdoor dining venue.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Mimi said...

Christine, those salad plates are lovely...but then, so is the rest of your table. What a beautiful setting next to a refreshing pool.

susan said...

Christine_ I think I like this better than outside--love the ambience! I love the green goblets and the cordials! Congratulations on the orchids. I have never had the courage to try!

The Tablescaper said...

So beautiful and romantic. It looks like the perfect evening. Love those topiary plates.

-
The Tablescaper

Entertaining Women said...

It must be wonderful indeed to return home to such a lovely, inviting spot. Your dinner a deux must have made for a delightful evening. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Dining Delight said...

Such an inviting and romantic setting! I really like your candlier! The salad plates are gorgeous and the lantern on the table makes for a cozy atmosphere!

DD

D said...

Hi, Christine,
Your table is beautiful as usual.
I love that sign, too. That is a great swimming pool shot!
Lady K wants me to host a party.
Would you come? :)
D

Celly B said...

What an elegant candlelit setting! I love the lantern, and those topiary plates are simply gorgeous.

Dredd said...

Am happy to see again your outdoor settings, thanks for sharing.

I will never get tired of admiring your lovely home.

have a fabulous day/Dredd

Mabel said...

Your table is exquisite. The china and the silver are a beautiful combination. I love your Tablecloth as well. Great pictures and wonderful flowers!
Greetings from Europe

Barbara said...

Those topiary plates are so pretty and unique. I like this simple, yet elegant setting. I can imagine lingering over this table for many hours. It and your patio are beautiful.

Marie said...

What an absolutely beautiful and romantic set up you have there Christine! I so adore the style of your patio, it's so inviting.
-marie

Kerri Deitsch said...

Very very pretty! This is one of my favorites! I love the intimacy of it! I will do some more tablescapes for two now that I have seen this! I LOVE the new header, it captures all your favorite things very nicely. I like the layout too, it's very balanced with the two tablescapes! I am inspired now! I got two dish sets up here at an antique/junk store, a Thun and a Limoge France. They are missing pieces, but let the hunt begin!! . . . I will put pics up on FB!

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

What a gorgeous setting! The topiary plates are so pretty!

Donna

DesignTies said...

Very charming tablescape :-) Love your ruffled plates, and the ones with the topiaries are really pretty too. The lantern and candelier and lady bug tealight holder all add a lovely glow to your table :-)

Kelly

bj said...

So glad you are back...
OMGosh..this is all so romantic, I don't know what to say. Just stunning. The candlelight is awesome as is all your beautiful dishes. Love the ruffled plates.
You do set a beautiful table, dear one.
xo bj

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

christine, you've outdone yourself. this setting is so romantic and fabulous...

Sonny

Atelier de Charo said...

Everything is so beautiful and romantic! Love your outdoor setting!

Xoxo
Charo

Linda said...

What an absolutely charming table in a beautiful setting. I would like to join you there. Hearing you got stuck in Houston made me shudder. I travel frequently between Maine and Houston, and 4 times in the last year I've had to spend the night because of missed connections. Usually, it's in the airport which is the absolute worst. Have a great day.

Cabin and Cottage said...

Very Pretty table. What a fab porch you have! Congratulations on the orchid--very pretty! Love your intimate setting, the plates, and the lace runner! Jacqueline

Maryrose said...

Hi Christine,
I love your outdoor space and your tablescape is so romantic and beautiful. Wow, I would love to dine in your fantastic yard amongst the candlelight and moonlight. So so gorgeous...I just love it. (Can you tell :)
Enjoy your weekend and great yard.
Maryrose

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Christine!
This is one of the prettiest tables! It looks like the plates were just made to go with the bistro set! And the lighting and the mood you set, is just gorgeous!
Happy Weekend,
Cindy

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful Christine. Everything is perfect! laurie

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Christine, this is absolutely beautiful. The plates (bot the topiaries and the ruffled) are wonderful and I would love to find them! And the napkins, rings, candles, everything!! So romantic! i am your newest follower. Linda

Kathleen said...

I can't keep up with all your posts! How do you find the time??
That looks so pretty! Very romantic!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, what a gorgeous table setting outside on the patio by the pool. I love seeing your pool lit up at night. It is so pretty. Such beautiful dishes and I adore that lantern.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Just beautiful! Love the picture of the orchids and lantern!

I like the new look of your blog too, very pretty!

Katherine

Natasha said...

Your pictures are gorgeous Christine. It looks like you had a beautiful evening that night. I love your tablescape too-just perfect!

Best wishes for a great weekend,
Natasha.

Anita said...

Christine, this is absolutely beautiful!! What an incredible dining experience! It's like being at a really nice restaurant but better, because you're home. Gorgeous!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Christine, I am speechless. This whole venue is spectacular. The table, of course, looks lovely; but all of the other things at which to look are out of this world -- the pool (the lights on it are gorgeous) and the fountain, and all of your little items (such as the little lantern on the table) -- EVERYTHING is just so lovely. I hope you realize how lucky you are! This looks just like heaven with all of these beautiful things!
Best regards,
Gloria

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Christine, I am speechless. This whole venue is spectacular. The table, of course, looks lovely; but all of the other things at which to look are out of this world -- the pool (the lights on it are gorgeous) and the fountain, and all of your little items (such as the little lantern on the table) -- EVERYTHING is just so lovely. I hope you realize how lucky you are! This looks just like heaven with all of these beautiful things!
Best regards,
Gloria

Carol said...

What a beautiful, romantic tablescape and setting for it all. Just lovely. Wish I was there!

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