Friday, August 5, 2016

My Very First Tablescape in the Gazebo

I have been out of town for 2 weeks but I want to join Chloe's al fresco tablescape blog hop at so I hope you don't mind me reposting a tablescape I did way back in 2010. Geez! Have I been really posting for that long? So, here goes.....

I have been wanting to create a tablescape in the gazebo but never had a chance until today. Since my mom is staying with me right now, I thought we could have lunch there. First, I took the folding game table from the garage and moved it to the gazebo. The iron chairs and settee in there will already be the perfect size so I didn't have to move any folding chairs.

I knew it was going to be hot so I put my swim suit on with a pair of shorts while creating the tablescape. I figured I will go for a swim right after because I was sure I would get sweaty.

I fed my mom breakfast on the deck so that she could keep me company while I worked.

And there it is, all done!

I took out a Thompson pottery bird house tea pot and cups, planning to have green tea.

A view of the secret garden in the background.

The herb plates are made in England by Johnson Bros. for Tiffany & Co. I only used 2 though I have 4 of them, 4 different herbs. The charger plates are lace tin and the dinner plates have lace edges.
The green placemats have an emboridered bird on them but I forgot to take a picture.

I snipped some rosemary and another kind of over matured herb with purple flowers from the garden and put them in 3 little Southern Living at Home vases. The rosemary have little purple flowers too.
Green goblets and white flowered wine glasses. I bought the latter from the dollar store a few months ago. Maybe those are not white flowers but snow flakes, lol! Oh well, I will use them again in the wintertime. The herbs on the vases smelled so good!

I bought the dragon fly place card holders from the Longwood antebellum mansion gift shop about 3 years ago. I think they are iron cause they are heavy.

Tin bird napkin holders are from Z Gallerie in Tampa, FL. The asparagus S & P shakers are from a flea market in Vidalia, LA. And because this is outdoor, I thought my bee flatware would be most appropriate to use.

A view of the driveway and garage.

I bought the pair of magnolia candle holders from an antique shop downtown some years ago.
I think I paid about $8 for the pair. I bought them because I have plates that match them.

The star jasmine is starting to climb up too.

According to Pat's (Back Porch Musings) hubby, the climbing vine is a morning glory. It has little bell shaped purple flowers. Again, I forgot to take a close up picture.

Can you spot the arbor in the background on the left side? I just grabbed a green tablecloth with fringes to use. It's really old. I've had it since we lived in Florida. I think it is supposed to be a throw but I've only used it for a tablecloth.

We bought the iron chair set from Jimmy Pippen's estate. They are very heavy.

I was so happy to see the buds on my orchid plant. I have 3 of them in here and I think the second one is also starting to bud although the stem is not this long yet. They seem to thrive better here and I just pretty much leave them alone. I think they like the humidity.

Unfotunately, my mom and I weren't able to eat here because it started to rain after I swam so I took everything inside the house. I enjoyed creating it. I left the table there and I think I will use it more often. I hope you enjoyed it too. Thanks for coming by and thanks to our hostesses. I hope you get to visit them and their participants at the links below.

Tea in the Garden
Sandi's No Place Like Home
Christine's Dishing It and Digging It
Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party!



Beth said...

Christine, Your table looks so pretty! There are so many little details to enjoy: the magnolia candlesticks, the herb plates, the lacy chargers, the asparagus salt and pepper shakers. Love the tablecloth and your garden is looking fabulous too! Have a great week and enjoy your time with your mother.
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, this is such a pretty spot for lunch (if it doesn't rain!). Your plates are so pretty, and I love those napkin rings. So many special touches on this table! laurie

Jeanne said...

Aren't I the lucky one to see your tablescape for tomorrow. The table is beautiful and very outdoor oriented. Beautiful china, napkin holders, and chargers. I haven't seen anything like those lacy edges. Isn't it wonderful that your garden makes such a pretty place to entertain your mom. I am imagining the rain spoiling the fun. Sigh. You did get some gorgeous pics though. A beautiful table set to perfection.
Hugs, Jeanne

Debbie said...

This is absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful spot for lunch. Everything looks perfect! LOVE the napkin rings!!!

LV said...

I do not have a table setting like that in my house. You did a super job on this and I am sure your mother appreciated it. I would have never thought of serving in the garden. I appreciate your visit very much.

Terri said...

Beautiful table setting! What a lovely place to eat and visit.
Your bird house tea pot and tea cups are wonderful! They look really good with your dishes.
Thank you so much for sharing them with us today.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love the tablecloth and all of the placesettings and accessories are so perfect. You always set the most wonderful and inviting tablescapes. I really like the way the vines are growing over the gazebo too. So pretty. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Through My Red Door said...

Aahh, I was going to say I bet your mom really enjoyed having lunch with you in that beautiful setting. Darn weather! But I'm sure she appreciated it!

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful place to dine in the garden. Fantastic shots.

bj said...

Wow, girl, I'm not sure what is going on with your comments but they are up into your post. I liked to have never found how to leave this comment....:) (but, remember...I am olden and....slow)

Your table is just stunning. It looks just like a little fairy table inside your beautiful gazebo. Everything is just perfect...
xo bj

Lynn said...

What a beautiful setting, the table looks great in the gazebo! I love your plates and the herb centerpiece is fun-enjoy!

Susan said...

Oh my, what a beautiful little slice of paradise you have there. I am completely enamored with it. It's all so lovely; the gazebo, the table setting, the garden area, all of it.

I hope you and your Mother have a very lovely week,

Snap said...

Your tablescape in the gazebo is just lovely. You are so lucky you can have tea out doors! It is too hot here to do anything. I love the plates with the herbs and the tea set is very special. They all *fit* so well with being outdoors. Lovely!!!!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Oh, Christine...everything is just lovely! Your tea set is adorable and I love the Bee flatware and the placecard holders and the napkin rings and the asparagus S&P...and the...well...everything!
Have a beautiful day~
;-D Kathleen

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh, Christine! This is simply breathtaking! What a perfect spot for lunch with your mom...and a romantic dinner with your hubby! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Theresa said...

Oh Christine, What a magical setting and lovely table scape you created. Everything was spectacular! Have a wonderful Tea Tuesday! I hope you can drop by for a little visit and there is still time to enter my giveaway!
All my best, Msartist Sew Crafty~ Theresa

parTea lady said...

What a wonderful tablescape for an outdoor tea. I love all your china and assessories and your garden is beautiful. I can't imagine being able to grow stunning orchids in my backyard.

Entertaining Women said...

The soft whites against the natural greens are the perfect combination with your botanical plates. I particularly like the green goblet. Gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by my post and for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

PAT said...

Christine, this tablescape is beautiful. Perfect for the gazebo!

The Charm of Home said...

This is beautiful. I love your dishes and the setting. What a nice place to have a wonderful tea. This is just lovely. Thanks for stopping by.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Christine!
This is just gorgeous! I think it's fit for a fairy princess! It has a magical feel to it and I expect little creatures to coming popping out of your secret garden! Gnomes maybe?

Kim, USA said...

This is super beautiful Cristine! I could smell those herbs as your centerpieces. The asparagus is so cute and of course your dishes. Love it and thanks for sharing!
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eileeninmd said...

Lovely tablescape and the birdhouse feeder is really cute. Love the gazebo, what a wonderful yard you have.

KathyB. said...

It is too bad you and your Mother were unable to enjoy your meal there, it is so lovely!The gazebo tea time seems a perfect place to share tea and a meal. Your herbal dishes really caught my eye, I love spending time in my herb garden and have a very tiny table in it , nothing like your magnificent garden . I have very much enjoyed sharing your tea times, thank-you ~

Jocelyn said...

How lovely and inviting.


Sue said...

What a beautiful table setting and such a wonderful place to relax over tea. I know it was really hot, so it probably wouldn't have been all that fun anyway...but, it looks light and cool in the pictures. Maybe as the temps cool off you can try again to actually eat out there.

All of your dishes and pretty things are so perfect for an outdoor look!

Anonymous said...

It looks like the gazebo is going to be used a lot Christine-I love it and I love your gorgeous tablescape too!

Best wishes,

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh! It is almost midnight, but just wanted to stop by and say hello! What a lovely tablescape in your gazebo! I would love to pop right over!

I love your lace chargers too!

Blessings & Aloha!

JKW said...

What an amazing lady. I love that you took all that time and effort to put together a beautiful table scape in the gazebo. I came to see your roosters, but alas, did not find them. Love the table scape though. Blessings, Janet

Marlis said...

Christine, your table and gazebo and throw and dishes and bee silverware and chargers and glasses - ooh just everything is wonderful. My father in law had an orchid greenhouse and supplied many growers and florists with plants.. it's best to leave them alone - oh and they love country music too. Thanks for dropping in. Love the new look of the blog too. You are so creative!

Marie said...

Really lovely...absolutely lovely Christine! I also love the Tiffany plates and the charger that looks like lace. What a very romantic looking gazebo.

Unknown said...

your gazebo and table setting are gorgeous! what a fabulous place to have enjoy an al fresco lunch.

Linda said...

That is so lovely and peaceful. You are lucky to have such a wonderful spot. Your table setting is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing:)

Martha's Favorites said...

Wow! That is beautiful! I wish I was there now. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful spot with us. Love the dishes. Blessings, Martha

Kathleen said...

What a pretty spot! It looks so beautiful and peaceful! The table setting is wonderful.
I am on the hunt for those chargers!
I hope your dear mom enjoyed her lunch!

Komali Nunna said...

Wow! Your table and entire setting is absolutely gorgeous. Can I join you for a cup of tea in your garden?

All The Pretty Dishes said...

This is just lovely. I love the tablecloth, dishes--everything! Your mother must have loved eating lunch in such a gorgeous setting!

Debbiedoos said...

It is so very gorgeous Christine....I feel like I am looking at a home and garden those dishes. What a nice option to have to dine:)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Christine, I'm checking in from my blog break, and I love this tablescape. It's perfect, and I know your mother must have thoroughly enjoyed it, too. What a lovely setting, pretty dishes and accessories! Love the vine growing up the gazebo, too. Your yard is lovely, and this is the perfect spot for lunch.

Sending you warm hugs. I am still on break and will be till after the first of September. I miss you, but I hope to see you soon! Lots going on here in terms of things requiring my undivided attention. That's the best way to describe my life of late. LOL!


Sheila :-)

a quiet life said...

this is so pretty, i love love love your setting, from the benches, to the tablesetting and arrangements, all fabulous!

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Very lovely setting for lunch! How nice that you went to all that trouble for your mom! Love those dishes with the herbs on them and they go wonderfully with the green glasses!


Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

wow, this may be your first, but I am betting it will not be your last. 5*

Tricia said...

Christine, what an enchanting setting! The vine-covered gazebo adds such a romantic touch, and your pretty dishes and glassware really complement the natural setting. Just lovely!

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Christine,

This is just so exceptionally pretty and delightful!..,

I love all of your exquisite details with the lunch table that you set so very beautifully with your teapots and teacups in the Gazebo in your lovely pooside garden for your dear Mom.., She's a blessed lady!.., Wow! ~ Everything looks so yummy; even with candlelight!..,You thought of everything!

~ (I am planning a garden party/ tea party for this coming Sunday and although we have had beautiful sunny warm weather here the last while, alas, I hear it is going to rain on Sunday!.., Oh well, we'll move our little tea inside)!..,

Thanks so much for partaking with our little corner of, 'Tuesday And Wednesday Teatime In Blogland' once more dear lady!

P.S.~ The envelopes that we specially ordered to go with my art cards months ago just never came, much to my utter disappointment)!..,

.., If it's OK I'll send them without the envelopes as I can bear to wait no longer!.., So very sorry for the very lengthy delay! ..,

~ (I believe I still have your address on file; if not I will need to have you kindly re-email it please, my friend).

Thanks so much and have a marvelous and blessed week dear Christine!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

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Sarah said...

Christine, the table set in the gazebo is a charming spot for lunch. Beautiful linens, china, and details. ~ Sarah

Marigene said...

What a lovely setting for a lunch with your mother. The dishes are gorgeous.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

It is a beautiful table and what an awesome setting. I love this one.

Magdalena said...

Christine, I sure hope this is not your last table setting post from the gazebo because it is so gorgeous I just need to see more. Enchanting garden indeed. Everything is so magical like a fairy tale. Your mother must have so enjoyed herself. I love the dishes you used, so elegant!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Christine...

Ohhh my goodness...your tablescape in the gazebo is picture perfect!!! It's definitely worthy of a magazine spread...sooo very beautiful, my friend! I would just adore having lunch or tea under that pretty gazebo...what beautiful scenery! You and John have worked so hard on all that landscaping...and it's gorgeous!!! Loved your beautiful table! Such pretty plates...I've never seen that pattern! But I must tell you...those lacy, white plates are my favorite!!! Wherever did you find those? I would love to have some!!! Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this picturesque table...thank you for sharing it with us!!! So sorry that your luncheon with your sweet mama was rained out! But as you said...there will be another day!!!

Well my friend, I came over just as soon as I read your sweet note! Thank you so much for the warm birthday wishes! And...thank you for the sweet compliments on my teacup and table! Take care and I'll talk with you later!

Love ya,

podso said...

Your outdoor tablescape is lovely in the gazebo. It would be so pleasant to eat there I believe!

Debbie said...

This is wonderful,and I think the best word that I can think of is "enchanting". The minute I saw that table set up in the lovely gazebo, I knew that I would love it.

Everything was perfect. I love the lacey chargers and plates. I want some of those.
I would definitely want to eat a lunch at such a pretty table.

OK... except not in the rain. But you know what I mean.I would love to see another one there! Love the gazebo.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Cristine -- your green and white have such a cool feel to them. Love your pretty plates and I could almost smell those fresh herbs. This is such a delightful setting in your pretty gazebo.

Anonymous said...

You got it all right in the gazebo. I close my eyes and imagine being there taking in the beauty of the night and the wonderful smells. Good job!

Fatima said...

HI, your tables are spectacular!!!! They are beautiful,you have pretty dishes and accessories!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Very beautiful table-scape!

Unknown said...

Very pretty setting, is so inviting! Love the plates and the herbs centerpiece!!!


Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

I can see why you have so many comments. Your gazebo is a dream! Someday I hope to have one.Have a Blessed week. Hope you will come by for a visit. Debbie

Debbiedoos said...

Hi Christine...thanks for joining in. I meant to mention last time too, how much I LOVE z-gallerie! We had one close to us in Florida...but the one here is FAR away! Have a great weekend. Debbie

Sue said...

Beautiful--Love your gazebo


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, I would never abandon you. I am still not getting you comments in my email. I have to check in blogger for them. I don't know how I missed this either. I check my blogroll but for some reason missed this. I love this out in your secret garden under the gazebo. Love the dishes and those chargers are divine. Hope you have a super weekend! I will be going to my daughter's first baby shower tomorrow. Yay!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sooooo PRETTY and PEACEFUL...I would LOVE an area like yours!!! Hop over and enter my GIVEAWAY…I think you will like it!


~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

What a lovely table I'm so glad that I found your blog and I will be back as I am now a follower.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Sue said...

This table is sheer eye candy, Christine! I absolutely love the bee silverware and the herb plates. It's the perfect environment for a nice luncheon underneath all that greenery. :-)
hugs, Sue

paperbutterfly said...

I was so pleased that you took the time to share “tea” with us this week. So glad you did not keep your secret garden a secret from us!!
So peaceful and relaxing. A perfect place for tea.
I look forward to seeing next Tuesday, as I am a new follower.

Blessings, Pam

paperbutterfly said...

Oops! Where can I become a follower??


Beth said...

So beautiful, Christine! I love the plates and the garden setting. So elegant!
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Bernideen said...

Dear Christine:
What a wonderful herb theme within a gazebo. Breakfast here on these dishes would be so fun. I imagine sausages with sage! Your dishes are so wonderful! Thanks for sharing and linking and pass a cup of tea and some toast!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Christine, your gazebo is a magical spot, with the Secret Garden, behind it. I would so enjoy sitting there and enjoying a meal and the view. How sad that it started to rain!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a gorgeous setting, Christine! I LOVE all the greenery. I would be in paradise sitting there at your pretty table set with all the lacy china. It is like an enchanted forest. Love it all! Thank you for sharing it with us and have a wonderful week.


Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

Stunning table and what an amazing outdoor oasis to have it in! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link party. Have a great week.

Margie said...

Your first gazebo table setting is wonderful, Christine! The bird house tea set is too cute!

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